October 23rd, 2015
We've all had a point in time where a web part should not be showing up in the Admin , but it is needed in the final, published page. A scenario I often come across is where the user needs to be redirected in certain scenarios, and viewing in the Pages application causes that redirect to occur, making it impossible to get to either the WYSIWYG editors on the page, or use the design tab to add and rearrange web parts.
September 15th, 2015
The Import/Export feature of Kentico is one which we use at BizStream on a regular basis. It is by far the easiest way to move large amounts of data from one Kentico instance into another. In a recent project I have been working on, I was re-creating a Kentico site by exporting and importing all content, data, users etc. This site was very old and had been through at least 3 major upgrades of Kentico, so there was a large amount of data stored in this site. When running the import, I would get an error message when Kentico attempted to import version history. As the screenshot below shows, this error message was not very descriptive of the error that was occurring.
July 5th, 2015
Gmail has provided SMTP access for years to allow people who don't want to use the web client to send emails. Although it is not recommended to use Gmail as your sender for high traffic sites or mailing lists, if you are running a low traffic site, or just want to test the email capabilities of Kentico, you likely already have a Gmail account and won't have to sign up for another service that you may not want to use long term. Follow along to see the steps necessary to get past Google's SMTP security and use it to send emails from your Kentico instance.
June 26th, 2015
Kentico 8 already provides a method for sending email notifications when an error occurs. Although useful, the settings provided in Kentico 8 do not provide as much flexibility as I wanted to handle which types of items in the event log to send out a notification for. I have created a class that can be dropped into any Kentico 8.x installation which can be configured to send out an alert email for only certain codes and types of entries.
March 12th, 2015
When developing for Kentico, the event log can provide helpful debugging information. Keeping an eye on it can mean constantly refreshing the page. There is a better way to do this, which can be done by enabling Kentico's ability to put items in the event log into a file, giving us access to a much wider range of tools for monitoring the log.The first step is to verify that Kentico is configured to save the event log to the file system.