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…


Forms in Sitecore 9 (WFFM)

Raise your hand if you’ve used Sitecore’s WFFM tool. Now keep your hand up if you loved it.  I’m not saying anything. Good news if you weren’t a fan.  In the latest version of Sitecore, the WFFM tool (I think it’s called just Forms) has undergone a massive overhaul.  There’s actually a component on the…


Switching Search Providers in Sitecore 9

We all remember the pain involved in switching Search Providers from Lucene to Solr.  There were many a tales of woe.  It crushed dreams.  Drinks were had in order to lament. Maybe it wasn’t that bad.  But… Sitecore listened to us! With Sitecore 9, switching search providers is EASY.  How easy? Check out the setting…


JSON Serialization Issues with Delivery Servers (k__BackingField)

We recently ran into an issue where the same code deployed to our authoring server wasn’t behaving as it should on our delivery servers.  On each sever, we were making use of WebAPI to grab some data from the server and bind it to knockout.  Seems easy enough, no?  There’s a small catch though: Serialization….


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…