Using Kentico 12 MVC with Azure DevOps
Keeping your team and your project stakeholders up to date with the current state of the project is a great way to reinforce collaboration throughout a project and keep things on track. Using Microsoft Azure DevOps with the Continuous Integration module in Kentico 12 gives us the ability to automate a regular deployment to a shared build server.
MMT & GatsbyJS Meetup
About this time last week, I'd just published a post about moving to Gatsby from .NET Core for my own personal site and was walking to a Gatsby meetup in central London.
Moving from ASP.NET Core to Gatsby
There is no escaping the amount of traction that static site generators and JAMStack are getting these days. As a traditional .NET developer, you may feel that your skillset doesn’t contain the things you need to jump on this bandwagon and make the most of the benefits available. But is it really that difficult to get up and running with a new stack?
Kentico Connection 2019 (Brno) Review
If you hadn’t noticed, Kentico Connection came back last year, and this year’s Connection season kicked off in Kentico’s beautiful home-city of Brno. Having missed last years event in Prague, this was the first time I’ve been to a Connection event that hasn’t been focused on a product release, so the messaging was a little different to what I’ve been used to and focussed more on the direction that the demands on the market are heading and how those demands are helping to influence the direction of both Kentico EMS and Kontent.
Kentico 12 MVC Developer Training
If you're new to Kentico, want to get up to speed with the latest versions, or simply want to see what Kentico's MVC offering is then you really should consider looking at the Kentico 12 MVC developer training. This training provides a focused walkthrough of the basics of Kentico and MVC while you build a simple, functional site that provides a good base knowledge for starting your own projects.
Getting Started with Azure DevOps
Azure DevOps is a set of tools designed to help you take an idea, and turn it into a reality. As an individual, it gives you all the tools you might need to plan your project and as a team, it gives you the power to collaborate and drive the project forward.
Testing Macros in Kentico
Macros are a very powerful part of Kentico and can be essential when it comes to extending admin areas of Kentico and adding your own custom modules and UI elements. This simple - sometimes overlooked tip - will help you along your way.
Using Kentico CI and Git to help with releases
Iterative deployment of Kentico EMS portal sites can be quite a manual process. If you're not using things like Content Staging then it's likely that you've either got your own special process or that you're using Kentico exports to deploy changes. This tip may help to speed up that process.
Talk: Chatting with data
I was fortunate enough to speak at September's .NET Oxford event this year about chatbots. More specifically an exploration of the key concepts of taking a pre-existing source of data and using a chatbot to surface this to a user in a new way.
MVC Forms in Kentico 12 Beta 2
You may not be aware, but Kentico 12 is in Beta at the moment. Those who have a Kentico DevNet account and have had a chance to look at it will have noticed and tried out the page builder. What you may not have noticed is that the beta also has taken some of the great features from the page builder added them to a new form builder for MVC.
Using the Kentico Pages data type
Relationship names have been around in Kentico since I’ve been using it, and are a great way to create structure within your content. When Kentico 9 was released, it introduced the Pages data type, to build on the relationship names to prompt the editors to link up content and to allow related content to be sorted.
Azure search: a beginner's guide
In the .NET Oxford June meetup, I presented a beginners guide to Azure search for developers have not had time to look into it yet and may not know where to start. The intention was to show just how easy it can be!
Importing Content into Kentico Cloud
Kentico Cloud provides a simple clean interface for defining and creating content that can be consumed by multiple channels. Quite often you’ll have a lot of your content in a digital format at the beginning of your project, and - depending on how much there is - this content can be time consuming to enter.
Switching on AMP
AMP aims to deliver super-fast content for mobile websites. You've decided that you really need it; how do you do turn AMP on? In this post i'll walk through a method I've been experimenting with to deliver alternative AMP views in ASP.NET MVC with the Kentico Cloud sample site.
Reading list - February 2018
February has been busy (so much so that that I've not published anything since my January reading list). What spare time I have had has been spent planning further features for my website. During that planning, these are article that I found quite useful.
Reading list - January 2018
Each month, I go through my browser history to look at the posts and articles that I have read. It seems like it may be worth sharing these to help spread the love! Includes articles about Azure, GDPR, and Kentico Cloud amongst others (as well as a sneaky podcast).
Why I rebuilt my blog in Kentico Cloud
Rebuilding my blog in Kentico Cloud has been something that I have been planning to do for a good few months now. Having not really had the opportunity while trying to balance work with a hectic family life, Christmas and New Year 2017 afforded me some time to get my teeth into this project and to start adding some of the features and foundations that I wanted to really build this project up. This post is all about the things I learned along the way.
2017 feels like it has been a very busy year for me. Here is a quick round-up of some of the things I've been up to and some of my hopes for next year.
Training on Ucommerce for Kentico
In a previous post, I talked about how Kentico are entering a new technical partnership with Ucommerce to broaden the e-commerce capabilities available. We were originally waiting for Kentico 11 to be released (on December 11th, 2017), but it is available now for Kentico 10 already. In preparation for the bigger release, Ucommerce has been running some Master Class training courses to help get Kentico developers up-to-speed.
How to make featured items easy to manage
A common function of content managed websites is the ability to add featured content at an editorial level. For this to behave at it's best, it needs to be simple to use for the content editors and provide a quick view of the currently featured items.
Content is everything and everything is content
'Content is King', that's the saying these days isn't it? As web solution providers we strive to find better ways to manage content and present it to end users. As headless CMSs grow in popularity, do we need to rethink what qualifies as being content?
Why you should contribute to Q&A sites
As a developer, the standard approach when you get stuck on something is to open up your browser and Google the error code or problem. Typically you're going to end up with results from sites like StackOverflow. These are great resources, but do you contribute?
GDPR Support in Kentico 11
GDPR is a hot topic at the moment. Everyone is still working on what is involved, how it might affect their business, and what steps they need to take next. In Kentico 11, the team have been working hard on a GDPR module to make some of the involved effort less arduous.
Generic web parts for rapid development
Working with the portal engine in Kentico support the kind of rapid development that bring visible results to the client quickly. In this post, I'll show you how using a combination of Web Part layouts and Widgets allow you to create structured reusable components to add more velocity.
Kentico in technology partnership with Ucommerce
Today Kentico and Ucommerce announced their new technology partnership that delivers an additional enterprise-level eCommerce platform to the set of tools at our disposal. What does this mean and how does it affect existing and in-flight projects?
Kentico London Roadshow
Kentico has moved away from their larger 404/Connection Conferences to smaller, regional road-shows. One of the advantages to this is that it opens up the event to more regional partners and customers. For the Ridgeway team, that also means it's easier to get more of the team involved in these events. because of that, three of us took a trip down to London to check it out.
Reading List - March 2017
Each month, I go through my browser history to look at the posts and articles that I have read. It seems like it may be worth sharing these to help spread the love!
3 things I like about Kentico support
Is something in Kentico not working as you would expect? Did you actually read the documentation to check you're doing things right and there is still a problem? Did you really check the documentation? OK, it's about now that you should think of contacting the Kentico technical support team.
Using hidden input fields in Kentico
I've often found the need to re-use a form throughout a Kentico implementation in more than one place. The problem this gives me is that I don't necessarily know where that form was completed. Using a custom form control blended with alternative forms makes this easy.
Building a blog in Kentico Cloud - Part 3
This third post in my series that explores some of the core capabilities of Kentico Cloud based on short pomodoro-size bursts of effort. This post explores RSS feeds and sitemaps as well as correcting the mime type of media files.
Building a blog in Kentico Cloud - Part 2
The second part in my series of posts about creating a new blog site using Kentico Cloud.
Pimping the Kentico forms application
At Ridgeway, we’ve often thought is that there are a few places where the CMS desk could make our lives a little easier. One of the little things - those one percent improvements - is in the forms application. Depending on what you’re doing with your form, you may want to simply display some text to the user once they’ve filled in the form to say “thank you”. The option we get for this is a simple text box, so everything you want to say goes in here.
Building a blog in Kentico Cloud
With the release of Kentico Cloud, I felt like it was time for me to have a look around and see what I could achieve with Kentico's new headless CMS. My MVC is a little rusty too; this should be an entertaining challenge.
Selecting random pages in Kentico
Every once in a while, we all need to do something random, and sometimes it’s even related to work. Something we came across here at Ridgeway was a requirement to pick out random documents from a collection to display to the end user. We found a nice little trick to pull content at random from Kentico using a standard pages data source.
Kentico transformation method performance
Using data sources and viewers (think basic repeater and universal viewer) is a great way to get information on to your page. The inclusion of out-of-the-box transformation methods make formatting the information and displaying something useful to the end user a much simpler task. However, you must take care when using some out-of-the-box features that you are using the most performant method available.