Sitefinity Blog

Welcome to my articles on Sitefinity and the and experiences I have had. I do love helping others out and it gives me a real thrill when people approach me for help and second when I actually help them out. So here I not only hope to help others out but also hope that others take the time to help me out. I don't mind being wrong but I do hate being wrong for a long time. So call me out if you can, help me to avoid writing another Doh story.

Nov 07

Creating a Sitefinity Project

Once I had used the Sitefinity CLI tool to upgrade a project I was hooked. This was way simpler than the manual process. Not only does it update your packages but it's smart enough to sort out and correct some misconfigurations. But there was something missing for me. There was no option to create a new project. The good news is that the Sitefinity team have this code as open-source meaning I could download and look to add that functionality myself. So, that is what I have done.

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Sep 21

Sitefinity 14 Upgrade

Upgrading Sitefinity to 14.0 was straight forward but a dumb mistake had me giving myself an uppercut. Despite my shame and for your convenience I will write out the steps I went through which may help you when trying to find live site issues.

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Aug 27

Form Integrations

Its easy for users to create forms through Sitefinity. But the storage is a simple list and most people want some cool analytics and management of their form data such as provided by Salesforce or ActOn. In this post I look at an easy way to push our forms data to these third party services.

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Jul 25

Still more stuff to go faster

This is my third post of ideas to consider to help make your pages load and run faster. Some will help some projects while others may not be quite relevant. There will be some that contradict previous tips. But hopefully, you will find a few to improve your sites perfromance.

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Jan 06

Azure Signing Certificate

Sitefinity has added a security check named as the Signing Certificate. It is used to verify the issuer of the authentication token to enhance the safety of the site. But currently, the documentation is missing an important piece of configuration to allow this to work for Azure hosted sites.

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Jan 02

Async Methods

Recently I came across (another) incorrect implementation of async code which has prompted me to write this post. Async methods are an encouraged code/design implementation but it is important to understand how it works and have some guidelines about using it. If you use it incorrectly, it will slow your application down rather than improving it.

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Nov 14

Biggest Mistake Sitefinity Developers Make

Its not hard to spot a design that was created by a developer. Almost every Windows Form App up until 2010 suffered that horific left side brian effort. Thankfully today we often have a dedicated UI/UX designer sorting that out but even if you have no responsibity around what the front end pages look like you still have a major UX responsibility to ensure a successful project.

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Oct 24

Redis Cache

Sitefinity uses an in-memory cache service derived from the popular, (in it's day) Microsoft Enterprise Library application blocks. The trouble is that if you have a load balanced environment you are saving a copy of your cached data on every node. This extension adds a distributed cache option via Redis. It has some caveats to consider so make sure you understand those first.

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Oct 08

More Stuff to go Faster

This post continues a collection of ideas and options for you to pick from to help your Sitefinity projects run faster. Some are actualy Sitefinity specific. Some are for when developing. Some are for production. Most can be applied to any website. This post is a varity of bits and bobs.

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