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    Introducing the Sitecore Workflow Manager module

    Posted 29 October 2014 12:00 AM by Alan Yip, Senior Sitecore Consultant @ ClearPeople

    The Workflow Manager module came about when I was looking for something to start assigning workflows to existing items in my content tree. Surprisingly enough, there were loads of scripts and bits of code on the web that dealt with this and in the past, I created a standard ASPX page to deal with this (The quickest option I had back then in my disposal!) But the issue I had was that I had to manage this process separately like not deploying the page to production, develop it enough to run it on...

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    ClearPeople: Facing the challenge of leading the way with strategic Sitecore deployments

    Posted 22 October 2014 12:00 AM by Barry McKaine, Operations Director @ ClearPeople

    "Sitecore's partners seem unable to deal with the increasing complexity of deployments and digital strategies." You can download the Gartner report here. Gartner’s recently published report on Web Content Management Systems made some interesting observations on how Sitecore’s CMS was currently perceived in the marketplace. Whilst on the one hand the report recognised the CMS for its ease of use and adoption within businesses, along with an openness to address key customer needs, Gart...

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    Building your own module for Sitecore Marketplace

    Posted 14 October 2014 12:00 AM by Alan Yip, Senior Sitecore Consultant @ ClearPeople

    Why build a module in the first place? I was always bought into the idea that the Marketplace was an area where other developers could show off their amazing development talent by creating some fantastic module that would help someone or some business with some every day problem. This could simply be a diagnostic tool or even a development tool like Sitecore Rocks. In your everyday life as a Sitecore developer, you tend to create small modules to help with a problem but you would never do anyth...

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    My learnings from Sitecore Symposium Barcelona 2014 - From placeholders to Sitecore 8 and the experience database

    Posted 10 October 2014 12:00 AM by Vicent Galiana, Senior Sitecore Developer @ ClearPeople

    First conclusion: Sitecore is not a (web) content management system. “What did you drink?” you’ll be thinking… but this is one of the key concepts the Sitecore guys managed to convince me of: Sitecore is a marketing platform, which includes a (very good) CMS. If you think about it, it makes sense… Yes, Sitecore has been one of the best CMS in the market, since they began, even patenting the concept of “placeholders” in the U.S.A. (I would have never ...

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    9 things I learnt from the Sitecore 8 Symposium in Barcelona

    Posted 26 September 2014 12:00 AM by Alan Yip, Senior Sitecore Consultant @ ClearPeople

    The symposium showcased a lot of new features in Sitecore 8 and I was privileged to be part of the devoted crowd witnessing something of a new age in the CMS platform. The main focus of Sitecore 8 is around experience, and this covers all aspects of experience from the developer through to the content editor - and of course an even more improved experience for the end user. I want to share some of this insight with you that focuses on the main highlights that were covered in the sessions I att...

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    Pro-active approach to provide support for Sitecore applications

    Posted 22 September 2014 12:00 AM by Ravikiran Gokaraju, Senior Sitecore Developer@ClearPeople

    Monitoring Sitecore applications is an absolute necessity if we need to pro-actively deal with issues that occur on applications before the client reports them. Sitecore does log everything to log files using Log4Net, which is really useful for monitoring the application health. But the issue is we need to somehow automate the log files analysis to find the right information from the logs which are quite descriptive and provide a way to send alerts to the support team when it finds any errors. A...

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    ClearPeople Sitecore Azure App

    Posted 28 October 2013 12:00 AM by Vicent Galiana, Senior Sitecore Developer @ ClearPeople

    This module integrates within the Sitecore Azure Module 2.0 User Interface, allowing users to access Sitecore logs and windows events stored on Azure Table storage from within Sitecore, and dynamically filter by date range, log level and type. When you use the Module Sitecore Azure 2.0 to move your Sitecore web site to Azure, you lose the log files, and the old log viewer becomes useless. Now, the information is stored in the table WADLogstable, in the table storage. The idea behind this change...

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    Sitecore Advanced System Reporter

    Posted 2 August 2012 12:00 AM by Vicent Galiana

    I recently found a good, open source reporting framework, ready to install on the Sitecore Shared Source Modules, called Advanced System Reporter. ASR is a framework which allows creating many types of reports in a very short time, such as: Get the Alias of an Item Audit users Actions Find broken links Find broken link in publishable items Expired media items Item History Items with invalid names Items with security for an account Links Locked Items L...

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    Testing the Search Function on websites

    Posted 8 May 2012 12:00 AM by Mariola Dybas, Project Manager @ ClearPeople

    Software Testing is a process that involves making sure the client’s requirements are satisfied and that a fully functional solution is delivered. To ensure that your testing validates the solution is working correctly and meets specification, it is vital that you determine what functionality you want to test, and how the solution should function before you begin. This is done through the use of test cases (or scenarios), so to get you started I would like to share with you some tips on wh...

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    Sitecore Content Migration Considerations

    Posted 4 April 2012 12:00 AM by ClearPeople

    Why move material across? Yes getting all that work and precious IP across is a primary consideration in upgrading a website or moving to a new platform. It’s worth taking the time to consider the impact. It is good to reflect on the value of the content that is being considered and whilst it’s increasingly common to allow external site visitors to rate and comment on pages this is rarely carried out by content authors or reviewers in a CMS environment. Consequently powerful images a...

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