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Have you ever wanted to index a content item in Find without having to publish a meaningless change to it? Or index an entire content tree from a specific starting point? Maybe you want to force an item into the index even though it's excluded by conventions? Just install Geta.Epi.IndexContentInFind package and it will be easy to do just that.
For quite a long time I've been wondering if Episerver is going to do anything about the built-in category functionality. I feel it's pretty outdated and it's not so convenient to edit and localize categories. I guess the teams at Episerver are busy with other, more important stuff, so I decided to create a module. Say hello to Geta.EpiCategories.
When you are working on several inRiver PIM projects simultaneously, you find yourself in need of switching between them from time to time. One option is to change the configuration files and restart inRiver services and website. A better option is have multiple instances of inRiver PIM running on the same system. This way you can easily access the desired instance for configurations, developing and demos. This is a walk-through on how to set up multiple instances of inRiver PIM on the same system.
Let's say you have developed a site framework that you use on many different sites that contains some content types spread over various assemblies. Sooner or later, on at least one of the sites, you will want to add, hide or modify a property on a specific content type. You could create a new content type that inherits the original and then hide the original. No thanks. Let's do it better than that.
Sometimes when developing Episerver solutions you find the need to extend the behaviour of already existing property editors. In this blog post I will briefly describe how I extended the built-in content selector with direct upload functionality using drag and drop. This way you don’t have to create your "Media"-items before being able to select them. You can just upload them directly to the property editor and they will be added to the assets folder of the content you are working on and selected automatically.
The other day I had to deal with a mysterious error with the Episerver Shell search function. You know the little search icon to the right in the dashboard drop-down menu. When I clicked it nothing happened. I looked at the request in developer toolbar, discovered the exception and this is how I fixed it.
From time to time I get asked; 'How can I retrieve all parent catalog nodes for a product in Episerver Commerce?' Achieving this using the current version of Episerver commerce API is a bit cumbersome. Luckily Episerver is working on a relation overhaul for the next major version of Commerce, but until then I'll provide some sample code that does the trick.
Is it time to take your first Episerver CMS certification exam or retake an expired ECD exam? I took my first Episerver ECD exam 8 years ago on CMS 5, and have taken it several times again since then for different versions. Recently I did the new Episerver CMS 9 MVC exam online. Here are my tips for how you can prepare to take your Episerver certification exam.
I was developing a new feature in EPiServer 8.8 for one of our customers which involved creation of multiple new page types and page instances that needed to be arranged in complex hierarchy. The plan was to create content in testing environment first and later transfer it to the production environment using Export data / Import data feature. Unfortunately, it didn't go as smooth as planned.
A thing that has bothered me for a long time with EPiServer is that you, out of the box, can't have different display options for different blocks. Based on the design for your site you might want to force one block to full width and another to half width etc. You can do this with CSS but what's bothering me is that the editor is presented with an option that doesn't make any sense. So, I decided to fix it. :)
Sometimes you may want to translate the EPiServer user interface to a currently unsupported language or just want to change the text of some button or whatever. If you have been working with EPiServer for a while you probably know that one way you can do this is by putting XML files in the ~/lang folder. But where the hell are the language files being used by EPiServer so you can lookup all the XPaths? I'll tell you. And because I'm so friendly I'll let you download the XML files for free.
This is a quick tip filed under the "Enhance the user experience for web editors" category. In an enterprise EPiServer solution with multiple sites it's a common scenario to have separate category structures for each site. This simple editor descriptor makes sure the web editor for a specific site only sees and can select the relevant categories.
Lately I was visiting and revisiting content area, code and functionality around this feature in EPiServer and decided to revisit it once again and take a closer look at what’s really inside. So the blog post is not about what content area is, but how it works, how responsible party for rendering and templating is selected when EPiServer needs to render this one of the most powerful content editing feature.
Yesterday we discovered an issue with our block preview implementation in a project we are currently working on, running EPiServer Commerce version 8.2.1. The problem was that all blocks got previewed in the master language (english in our case). When we clicked a property the correct translation was loaded, but it was very confusing for the editors so we had to fix it.
More than one time I have found myself in the need of a filtered category tree in EPiServer. In large sites there can be a lot of categories and sometimes you just want to force the web editors to choose from a predefined root category. What to do? Create a editor descriptor that replaces the built-in one!
For the last couple of days I have been working with a custom dojo component that plugs into the assets panel. I needed a way to select a page from the content tree and had no idea how to do it so I started to dig around in the large and deep structure of ClientResources in the EPiServer.CMS.UI package and voilà, I found the epi-cms/widget/ContentSelector. Let's use it!
I get a lot of questions from new and experienced developers alike asking how it is working with Episerver these days. They have maybe heard some rumors from people working with Episerver before or they have stumbled across an Episerver project in the past. The main thing is that there´s a lot of confusion out there about what we as Episerver developers do everyday.
Loggly is a great cloud-based logging tool. It enables developers to centralise their logging to one convenient location, which helps reduce the time it usually takes to log into the server where the project is located, find the relevant log files, and scroll through the countless number of lines to find that one specific log entry. Needless to say, it's a useful tool indeed, and this plugin enables you to effortlessly implement this feature into your EPiServer CMS project.
Today I fixed an issue in our open source plugin for EPiServer 7.5, Geta.SEO.Sitemaps, a tool to generate Google XML sitemaps. The issue occurred when you had one site mapped to multiple hosts with different language branches. Only the sitemap for the main SiteUrl worked (although displaying links to all language branches which is not desired) and the other hosts resulted in a 404.
Over the last 4-5 projects my team has been working with EPiServer 7 and 7.5 using ASP.NET MVC. We've ended up creating some useful methods and helpers that we used in all those projects, that we've found to be very valueable and time saving. This library is now in a stable version that we're excited to open source and let everyone use.