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  • New MVC Goodness in Sitefinity 6.2

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    As we are seeing more and more developers who use their MVC widgets in Sitefinity, we spent some time to make their life easier for the 6.2 release. A lot of issues reported in the past have been fixed, and we have also introduced support for some new functionality requested ...
  • Including item titles in the Sitefinity breadcrumb

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    The breadcrumb is an essential piece of navigation to every web site. Sitefinity lets you create such navigation using the Breadcrumb widget, available in the toolbox out of the box. By default that widget displays your path and current position in the site page hierarchy. Sometimes this is not ...
  • Making your widget templates editable through the UI

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    You’ve just finished building your custom Sitefinity widget and a nice designer for it. It’s either part of a module or you’ve published it as a standalone widget in the Sitefinity marketplace. Your first customer downloads it and is very happy with it, except one thing – the template cannot ...
  • What’s new in documentation for the past two weeks

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    With the 5.1 release of Sitefinity, you have plenty of new features and improvements to play with. We’ve published documentation about new and old features. Here is the detailed list. User Guide Creating an A/B Test A/B Test full report Setup email notification for form responses Configuring custom hierarchical widgets...
  • Versioning and upgrades in custom modules

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    There are two types of modules in Sitefinity – static and dynamic. Dynamic modules are much easier to work with and we recommend you use those, unless you have very specific requirements that are not supported (hierarchies, complex data models, integrations with other systems). There are still cases where customers ...
  • What’s new in documentation for the past two weeks

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    We just published a batch of new documentation topics. The highlights this time include more topics about creating payment processor providers in ECommerce, as well as a new section for Field Controls. There are also the new features of Thunder, of course. A detailed list of topics follows. Ecommerce Creating ...
  • What's new in documentation for the past two weeks

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    As usual, we’ve been busy updating the Sitefinity documentation. As you might have guessed from the previous blog posts, we’ve focused on the ECommerce guide recently. Here are the new topics. ECommerce Guide Downloadable Files Querying the “Downloadable goods” library Uploading files to the “Downloadable goods” library Adding downloadable files ...
  • How to display an image gallery for each news item

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    We’ve seen many requests for the option to associate a Sitefinity news item with a collection of images. A long time ago I blogged on how you could associate a single news item with a single image. Extending that sample to enable multiple image selection is not very hard, and ...
  • What’s new in Sitefinity documentation for the past two weeks

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    OK. We have tons of new stuff this time. We’ve covered a big chunk of the ECommerce API in the developers guide and revised some old topics for Security. We are also trying hard to keep the documentation up to date with everything new released in Thunder. We’ve managed to ...
  • Using conditional templates in your custom widgets

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    As Sitefinity gets bigger as a software project, many small features that get implemented may stay unnoticed. While trying to solve problems, developers often provide solutions that may be used elsewhere, and not just the specific feature they are implementing. This is how design patterns are born. We do have ...
  • What’s new in Sitefinity documentation for the past two weeks

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    This post is the latest addition to the documentation news we’ve been posting for a while. Our focus was on the ECommerce API, as many of you requested more resources for working with it. Here is the list of topics published in the past two weeks that you should check ...
  • What’s new in Sitefinity documentation for the past two weeks

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    We’ve been busy publishing more content in the documentation portal for the new features released in 5.0. Here are the new resources we published in the past two weeks Developers Guide Sitefinity Thunder Upgrading Sitefinity Thunder Registering a widget Uploading a theme from a Sitefinity project to another remote Sitefinity ...
  • What’s new in Sitefinity documentation – March 2012

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    With the 5.0 release we’ve been also publishing documentation for the new features, as well as rewriting some old articles. Here’s a summary of the latest resources you can find. Developers Guide Sitefinity Thunder Forums API A new section on the Security API Managing Users Managing Roles Managing Permissions Developing ...
  • 5 practices to avoid when doing Sitefinity development

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    As many of you know, the extensibility of the Sitefinity product is one of our top concerns. We try to expose everything and make it easily accessible through the Sitefinity API. And by everything, I don’t mean just content, but the whole architecture. We try to provide hooks and events ...
  • How to view the Sitefinity API Reference in Visual Studio 2010

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    Update: This post was written while the API Reference was still in the SDK. Since then we've excluded it from the SDK and provided a separate download in the client accounts on www.sitefinity.com. Once you download it, the steps to install are the same as the ones described below....
  • Keyboard Shortcuts for the Sitefinity Backend

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    Web development has gradually but steadily moved towards HTML5 in the recent years.  We’ve seen a lot of talk about using more client technologies and moving functionality from the server to the browser. It seems everyone is using AJAX already and Sitefinity is no exception. With these trends comes a ...
  • What’s new in Sitefinity Documentation for the past two weeks

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    As you all know by now, January was a big milestone for Sitefinity Documentation – we launched a new portal, which I hope you like. We wanted to do this for a long time, and now that it’s done we can concentrate on delivering content. Here’s what we’ve been publishing ...
  • Using Sitefinity to Manage Our Own Product Documentation

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    We just launched a brand new Sitefinity documentation portal, which you can access at http://www.sitefinity.com/documentation. The goals we had for this project were to make all our documentation resources more easily accessible, and provide a single place that you can go for help when using Sitefinity. At the same ...
  • Playing Videos in Sitefinity with HTML 5 instead of Silverlight

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    In the current version of Sitefinity (4.4), any videos uploaded in the backend are by default only in WMV format. This limitation is there, because we use the MediaPlayer control from the RadControls for Silverlight suite to play those videos on Sitefinity pages, and Silverlight supports only this format. We’ve ...
  • A Developer’s Look at Content Lifecycle

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    When working with the content modules in Sitefinity, we can either directly publish items that we create, or save them as drafts. Those operations create some different versions of the same content behind the scenes, and use a concept that we call content lifecycle. In this blog post we are ...
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