Monthly archives: August, 2016

TDS Sync issues with 8.1 Update 3

If you’ve just upgraded to 8.1 Update 3 from anything earlier, you’re in a for a treat the first time you sync with TDS.  Every single item has changed! Looking at the shot above, you can see EVERY single item is different, because there’s a new field called “created” that now has a value.  Don’t…


Sitecore Web Forms For Marketers – Debugging Email Sending

If you’re developing an email send action, or using the default send-email action in WFFM, you probably want to test it out before you send it to the world.  If you’re working locally, then a great idea is to use SMTP4Dev to test things out.  This allows you to see the email in context by…


Dynamically Rendering Items with Variable Caching

This one is going to be a long one, so my apologies in advance. Here’s the scenario:  You have a folder in Sitecore which contains a list of items to render.  Some examples would be a header navigation folder, a footer, or any type of repeater data.  (We’ll use a Navigation for our example.) One…


Deferring Config File Load

Does your solution have one or more Z folders in the App_Config/Include directory?  The answer is probably yes.  And in those folders are probably some files that start with a Z.  Most of you know why:  Sitecore loads config files in a folder first, then recurses down the folder chain until it’s done.  That’s the…