• Sitecore API for Adding & Retrieving Query Strings

    Posted 09/09/2016 by Subramanian Ramanathan

    Whenever we start any new project we tend to write some Utilities class with frequently used methods like GetItem, EditItem, etc. and also, adding & retrieving query strings using UriBuilder/HttpUtility.ParseQueryString API. As we know, Sitecore uses query strings like sc_mode, sc_lang etc. This got me a thinking.. Sitecore should have come up with its own methods for adding & retrieving query strings. Luckily we have such methods in Sitecore.Web.WebUtil class, syntax below, Sitecore.Web...

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  • Setting up MongoDB in production

    Posted 08/25/2016 by sanjeev gupta

    In a previous blog I talked about setting up Mongo DB on development machine but if we have to configure mongodb on a production server then we need to do a bit more more. We follow nearly the same steps a few more configuration settings are needed. The following resources are required for a functional MongoDB setup: Create a local Sitecore 8.1 Instance. Verify Sitecore connection strings. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>  <connectionStrings> ...

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  • Configuring Cache Expiration for File System & Sitecore Media based on Production Deployments

    Posted 08/18/2016 by Subramanian Ramanathan

    While working with the Cache configuration for our website, we found that Sitecore’s media files have the "Expires" and "ETag" set in their cache headers. This is good! But we do not have these two settings for the File System Media like Stylesheets, Script Files and Static Image files. As a result, whenever we have a production release, users will have to refresh their cache to get the latest updates. While working on this we found ‘MediaResponse.MaxAge’ setting for the Site...

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  • Customizing Sitecore Analytics

    Posted 08/08/2016 by Subramanian Ramanathan

    In my previous blog post, we were discussing on how to retrieve the existing Sitecore Analytics Interaction Details using the Mongo API or the Sitecore Analytics API. But what if we are looking out for details that will not be stored in Analytics Database by default (eg: User Details like User ID, First Name, Last Name, Organization, Business Unit, Region etc.) We know that once the session ends, Sitecore will flush the details to MongoDB and it will be copied to the Reporting Database. Sitecor...

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  • Setting up MongoDB with Sitecore and MongoDB UI

    Posted 08/01/2016 by sanjeev gupta

    I was struggling to setup MongoDB with sitecore on my development machine. It took some time for me to sort out all the issues. I thought why not I should share all the steps with other sitecore developers. The following resources are required for a functional MongoDB setup: Create a local Sitecore 8.1 Instance. Verify Sitecore connection strings. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>  <connectionStrings>    <!--  &nb...

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    What to do when a content author leaves the company

    Posted 07/14/2016 by Paul Tiemann

    It happens all the time, a content author leaves the company.

    What is your first thought? Protect the site by delete their Sitecore account. That's a mistake, here's what you do instead.

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