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.

Dec 20

Replacing Sitefinity Cache with Azure Redis

Sitefinity uses a In Memory cache. It is an implementation of the Enterprise Library Caching Application Block. This works fine but its a bit slack when in a multi server environment. You are effectively caching the same data on every server and thus, I think, a bit redundant. But you can create your own implementation of the CacheManger using the ICacheManager interface. I have done this and used the Azure Redis Cache, a leader in distributed cache systems.

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Dec 20

Improving Sitefinity Cache

Without doubt you should be using the built in cache features of Sitefinity. The difference is significant if you don't. One of the first tweaks is to extend the time in cache for objects. But there are a few more improvements I have found from browsing the web and I have put them together here.

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Nov 03

Sitefinity Free Shipping Extension

I recently had a requirement for Sitefinity Ecommerce to supply free shipping for orders over a certain amount. Along with that, it needed to be turned on and off for promotions. This feature isn't supplied out of the box with Sitefinity so I had to write an extension.

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Sep 26

Sitefinity 7.2 Released

Sitefinity has released 7.2 in the last few days. I found this release to be quite secretive. There was never any Road Map posted for it and as I write this the Road Map is still talking about 7.1. There is some very cool features in this release. Yet, to be honest, I am at the same time wowed and ho-humm'd about the release.

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Sep 22

Securing Sitefinity

Sitefinity has good security out of the box but the one thing they can't do and you should do is secure the log on page. Even for a simple site you can get a free SSL cert or very cheap ones. They aren't high quality but they are far superior to the open plain text you are sending without them. There are also a few other steps you can take to make your site more secure.

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Aug 29

Azure and Search

Since forever Sitefinity had a little secret that search did not work on Microsoft Azure. For two years I have kept thinking they'll sort it eventually. Then recently I found out that the new site map generator didn't work either.

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Aug 06

Browser Cache Busting for your Javascript files

Its great to cache static files such as images, CSS and JavaScript on the client. Its a huge performance improvement. But what happens when we need to invalidate that file as we have new ones. The way to get the client to retrieve a newer version is to use a different URL or ask the client to hit F5. Or follow Mads idea.

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Jul 24

CSS Tips

Earlier in the month I did a post on using CSS in Sitefinity. This is a short follow up on a few more things you may not know about that may help you out to create a better performing Sitefinity site.

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Jul 23

Error Handling in Sitefinity

Without any attention, errors in Sitefinity will throw the 'Yellow Screen of Death'. Helpful if your a developer wanting to know what is wrong with the page but terrible for visitors and business owners. In this post I will walk through some of the steps I put in place at the start of creating a Sitefinity site.

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Jul 04

Managing CSS in Sitefinity

Ultimately we want to deliver as small and as few files as we can for sites. But we also need to be able to maintain and manage these files which usually leads to the opposite result. But today we have excellent pre-processors to help us and I will look at how I use SCSS in Sitefinity.

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