Mature projects in any CMS will have a large number of content types. Maintaining those with scripts makes changes to that model more repeatable, but it can be overwhelming if you need to update a lot of types. You can leverage the management API in Kontent by Kentico to update multiple content types in a single script to lessen your workload.
Using the next/image component in your site is a quick and easy way to add responsive images. If you're using a cloud-based asset management platform, you need to make sure that you configure it properly in order to get the best performance and benefit from the features that maybe be provided.
Getting ready to test a new service or API for your project is a common requirement. Normally we’d just create something in PostMan or run a curl command straight from the terminal. But what if you could do something that becomes part of your project in source control instead, wouldn’t that be pretty neat? This is where the REST Client for Visual Studio Code comes in useful.
How do you find the resources that your development team will need to get up and running with Kentico Kontent in .NET?
I've had a website built in Gatsby for a while now, but I really did miss having it in .NET. Here's how and why I moved to a .NET static-site instead of Gatsby.
Dan Clarke and I took some time out to talk about Kentico Kontent, JAMStack, and .NET Oxford as well as a few other topics
LINQPad is a great way to quickly try out .NET snippets of code. In this video, I'll show you how to use Kentico Kontent's Delivery SDK with LINQPad to quickly check out your content models without usual the ceremony of setting up a new project.
See how you can share your local development environment with your remote team using ngrok, enabling your content team to preview new features before they are committed.
See how simple it is to create a .gitignore file for your next project using the .NET SDK.
Take a look at what the headless CMS is and why you should consider it for your team.
Working with Kentico Kontent and Gatsby has been a nice learning curve for me, as I pick up and build upon my front-end developer skillset. You can end up taking quite a lot for granted when you're working with .NET. Securing your calls to an API can be one of these things, as you add things like API keys to your .config files and make sure that you don't push those files into your git repo.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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?
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The second part in my series of posts about creating a new blog site using Kentico Cloud.
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.
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.
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.
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.