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  • Comparing Sitefinity 3.x to 4 (Beta): Administration

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    This is the third article in my series comparing Sitefinity 3.x to 4 (Beta). Today I want to take a brief walk-through the new Sitefinity Administration, with a screenshot-heavy look at what's new, different, and improved in the coming version 4.0 A New Look Right of the bat, you ...
  • Converting Sitefinity 4 Beta Web Application Projects to Web Site Projects

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    Today we talk about the Web Application Projects created by the new Sitefinity Project Manager, and how you can (if you wish) convert them to Web Site Projects. This is another bonus post from my series comparing Sitefinity 3.x to the new Sitefinity Beta (Beta 2 as of this ...
  • Sitefinity 4 (Beta) Project Manager Part 2: IIS Virtual Directory Support

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    In my last post on the new Sitefinity Project Manager, I went through how Sitefinity 4 now automates the creation of new blank projects, using an integrated web server to run file-system-based projects. However, Sitefinity also allows you to add projects directly to your local IIS server, to more ...
  • Comparing Sitefinity 3.x to 4 (Beta): Project Manager

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    The first entry to my series of posts comparing Sitefinity 3.x to the new 4 Beta will be about the new Project Manager in Sitefinity 4, and how it helps to simplify and speed up the development process from Blank Project to running website. Update Tuesday Oct 11, 2010: I ...
  • Comparing Sitefinity 3.x to 4 (Beta): Introduction

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    I just completed my first week with Telerik, with my primary focus being getting familiar with the latest beta release of Sitefinity 4 (Beta 2 as of this post). Though still in beta, the new version continues the pairing of power vs. simplicity that you’ve come to expect from the ...
  • Video - Introduction to Sitefinity 4.0 BETA2 Widget Templates

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    One of the major highlights of the recent Sitefinity 4.0 BETA2 SDK release is the inclusion of templates for Sitefinity’s built-in widgets.  These templates enable developers to customize how widget content is displayed.  This video demonstrates how to use these templates to customize the output of Sitefinity’s widgets. Watch the ...
  • Sitefinity 4.0 BETA2 SDK - Now Available

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    The Sitefinity releases continue with the release of the latest SDK.  Earlier today, the Sitefinity team announced the availability of the Sitefinity 4.0 BETA2 SDK. Purpose The SDK (software development kit) is designed to help .NET developers build powerful add-on’s & extensions for Sitefinity 4.0.  These add-on’s can be ...
  • Upgrading from the Sitefinity 4.0 BETA1 to the BETA2

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    Yesterday the Sitefinity team released the Sitefinity 4.0 BETA2.  This latest pre-release build of Sitefinity 4.0 includes support for .NET 4.0, new taxonomy options and lots of additional polish.  If you haven’t already, be sure to download this latest release. Starting with BETA1 release of Sitefinity 4.0, we’re ...
  • Sitefinity 4.0 BETA2 is now available

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    The next pre-release version of Sitefinity 4.0 has now been posted.  Earlier today, the Sitefinity team uploaded the BETA2 build of Sitefinity 4.0.  This new pre-release version includes a lot more polish, support for .NET 4.0 and new features.  The BETA2 can be downloaded, by everyone, in the ...
  • Sitefinity 3.7 SP4 & .NET 4.0 support now available!

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    Earlier this week the Sitefinity team announced the availability of Sitefinity 3.7 SP4.  This update is now available in the downloads section of your account. The primary benefits of this release include: Support for .NET 4.0 Performance improvements for large numbers of generic content items (News, Blogs, etc) The ...
  • ASP.NET security vulnerability makes Sitefinity vulnerable

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    Late last week an ASP.NET security vulnerability was disclosed.  Since that time Microsoft has issued a Security Advisory and Scott Guthrie published a blog post describing how to prevent this exploit. Sitefinity 3.x uses the ASP.NET technologies that are vulnerable to this exploit.  Consequently, Sitefinity is made vulnerable by ...
  • Why are Sitefinity 4.0 Web Services good?

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    In past webinars & videos we’ve talked a lot about Sitefinity 4.0 being AJAXy.  Without becoming embroiled in a technical conversation, this simply means that Sitefinity’s Administrative UI can respond to many of your requests without loading a brand new web page.  Instead of loading a new web page, ...
  • Using the BETA Fluent API to import blog posts from an RSS feed

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    As a side project, I’m experimenting with moving Sitefinity Watch to the Sitefinity 4.0 BETA.  As of this writing, there are no migration tools that can be used to migrate blog posts from Sitefinity 3.x to Sitefinity 4.0.  We will eventually deliver these migration tools, but this project gave ...
  • Preparing a Sitefinity 4.0 BETA project for development

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    A few weeks ago the Sitefinity 4.0 BETA SDK was released.  This SDK includes tools, examples and documentation designed to help developers create add-on’s or customizations for Sitefinity.  As time allows, I’ve been experimenting with these new developer features. However, in the midst of this exploration I also discovered that ...
  • Installing a different version of RadControls alongside Sitefinity

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    Because of my role with Telerik I’m constantly installing internal builds or random versions of our products.  Consequently, I’ve seen the following error a lot: Could not load file or assembly 'Telerik.Web.UI, Version=2010.1.309.35, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4' or one of its dependencies. The located assembly's manifest definition does not match the assembly ...
  • What happens to Form Builder data when forms are modified?

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    In my last blog post, I introduced some of the under-the-hood features that are powering Sitefinity 4.0’s new Form Builder.  Because Sitefinity is powered by Telerik’s OpenAccess ORM, we are able to generate (at runtime!) dedicated tables for these new custom forms.  The benefits of this behavior were ...
  • Under the hood: Why Sitefinity 4.0’s new Form Builder is awesome

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    The recently released Sitefinity 4.0 BETA includes a new Form Builder.  This form builder enables anyone to create web-based forms without writing a single line of code.  This is done using user-friendly drag & drop form elements and layouts.  -- This is great, but there is a lot more to ...
  • Should I use the Sitefinity 4.0 BETA for a new web site?

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    This topic continues to appear in my email box, so I thought I would address this subject publicly.  I should mention, however, that there is some internal debate on this topic.  In this blog post I will outline the facts related to this choice.  Then, I’ll give my own personal ...
  • Dedicated discussion forum for Sitefinity 4.0 SDK conversations

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    Earlier today a new discussion forum was created for conversations about the Sitefinity 4.0 SDK (software development kit).  This new resource gives developers a dedicated forum for deep-dive programming questions related to the SDK. We’ve already seen ton a wonderful discussions and suggestions prompted by the SDK release.  So much ...
  • Sitefinity 4.0 SDK BETA – Now Available

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    Hot on the heels of the Sitefinity 4.0 BETA release and the Sitefinity 4.0 BETA guides is the release of the Sitefinity 4.0 BETA SDK.  Purpose The SDK (software development kit) is designed to help .NET developers build powerful add-on’s & extensions for Sitefinity 4.0.  These add-on’s can ...