SIF-less Version 0.5.0 – More Requirements Checks!

One of the biggest feedbacks from SIF-less’s release was that while the validation checks in the Test Window were nice, there were some instances where the validation would pass, but the install would still fail.  This release closes some of those gaps and adds in a few more tests to ensure you have a higher…


Introducing SIF-less for Easy Sitecore 9 Installation

After working through some of the initial shock of the new install process, I took to some tinkering.  What I came up with was something I dubbed SIF-less. It’s a little less SIF than a standard SC9 install takes.  That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with SIF. It’s an amazing framework.  It is a…


Extending SIF – Custom Modules

I’ve been tinkering with the concept of a rollback script for Sitecore 9 and I’ve had to add a bit more functionality to SIF to handle this. This can be done by adding in custom modules to SIF, which, once you get the hang of it, is pretty easy.  The SIF Guide has some good…


Sitecore Installation Framework (SIF) and HTTPS Everywhere

Everyone loves the SIM Tool.  It’s one of my favorite parts about Sitecore development. Want a new Sitecore? Fill in some blanks, click a button and poof. You’re ready to go. Sitecore 9 has changed that.  To say it’s changed a bit is an understatement.  In the Technical Preview, all installation of Sitecore is done…


Controlling Configuration Load Order in Sitecore 9

New with Sitecore 9 is the ability to specify the ability in which config files load.  Loading in Alphabetical order is soooo 2016.  There’s some work arounds for it, but nothing official.  All that has changed with Sitecore 9! If you navigate to the App_Config folder, you’ll see a Layers.config file.  It looks something like…


Sitecore Rocks with Sitecore 9

Once you’re up and running with Sitecore 9, you’re likely going to want to setup Sitecore Rocks.  Due to some security changes with Sitecore 9, Rocks will have a problem connecting to the instance. Upon hitting the “Test” button in the Connection Manager, you’ll be greeted with the following: If you go into the web.config…


Using Set in Configuration Files for Sitecore 9

This is a quick one, but man is it sexy.  I’m loving the new configuration support in Sitecore 9.  Let’s take a look at the new “set” command in the patch configuration. Here’s how we could update two site values in the previous versions of Sitecore:

Is that impossible to figure out? Nah.  Can…


Infrastructure Software Changes in Sitecore 9

With Sitecore 9, there’s been a ton of changes when it comes to infrastructure.  With more first-party love for Azure, the entire PaaS model has become more front-and-center.  What does this mean from a third party software point of view?  Here’s a few quick takeaways: Search Solr is a baseline, due to security reasons. Is…


Dynamic Placeholders in Sitecore 9

If you’ve done a site in Sitecore, you know about the Dynamic Placeholders. It’s been a critical part of supporting the Editing Experience.  In Sitecore 9, this feature is now out of the box! The markup is as simple as you need it to be: Simply change:

to

in order to render out…


Server Role Configuration in Sitecore 9

New with Sitecore 9 is the ability to specify server roles.  There is nothing new here when it comes to the roles available, however. It’s still your typical Authoring, Delivery, Processing and Reporting roles.  There is another new “role” called “Standalone” which is “all roles” such as something you’d see for a Dev Environment. Sitecore…