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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Using the ASP.NET Sql Membership Provider in Sitefinity

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    In the Sitefinity security space, all user and role management is handled through the ASP.NET Membership APIs. Sitefinity's backend uses its own custom membership and role providers, which utilize OpenAccess ORM to persist the users and roles into the Sitefinity database. Before the 4.1 release of Sitefinity, we didn't ...
  • Taking advantage of the Virtual Path Provider in Sitefinity 4.1

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    We’ve done a lot to improve overall performance in the Sitefinity 4.1 release. Part of the performance comes from the upgrade of OpenAccess ORM. We also introduced a lot of caching improvements. The third major change that impacts performance a lot is the Sitefinity implementation of a Virtual Path ...
  • Changes in Mapping Persistent Classes in Custom Modules with Sitefinity 4.1

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    UPDATE: After the initial version of this blog post, we introduced some changes in Sitefinity, which required somewhat different code. Some people noticed this in the comments below. The blog post has been updated with code working for Sitefinity 4.1. You can always find a working code sample illustrating ...
  • Creating a Thumbnail Selector for News Items

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    UPDATE 2: Improvements and extensions to this thumbnail selector are included in a newer blog post. UPDATE: In the comments to this blog post, some people reported issues with running the sample in Sitefinity 4.1. Those issues have been fixed. The download links in the post have been ...
  • Creating a Simple Image Selector Using a Client Binder

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    Introduction There have been numerous requests by the Sitefinity community asking for a custom control used to select images for a particular scenario. This and the next few blog posts are going to show how you can create a simple image selector, and how you can plug it into Sitefinity ...