Creating Reusable Text Snippets with Shortcodes in SiteFinity

One of the requests/challenges that I’ve come up against while working on a new project with Telerik’s Sitefinity CMS is providing a means of reusing text at a more granular than what a typcial shared content block provides. I needed to provide a way that was reusable, as well as easy for the end user to maintain and use. After some digging and tweaking, I’ve found what I believe to be an ideal solution. By combining shared content blocks and “short codes”, you can make this happen.

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Digital Treasures

About 4 or 5 years ago, one of the hard drives on an old computer failed. While this typically doesn’t bother me much, this happened to be the drive that all of my photos were backed up on, and I hadn’t transferred most of it to DVD yet for archiving. Thankfully I was able to recover the images, but the cleanup would be a nasty task that I wouldn’t start until this weekend. However, the effort has been worth it as I’m finding some old “digital treasures” that I had forgotten about.

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Creating Custom Formatted Layout Widgets in SiteFinity

I’m moving fast and furious through the Telerik SiteFinity CMS platform as of late. One thing we’re looking to do is to provide “formatted layout widgets” that will allow our end users to add more complex elements to their pages that are formatted nicely. The resources are there in SiteFinity, there’s just a couple of pieces not immediately known that you need to make it work. Continue reading


Installing SiteFinity with IIS 8, SQL Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012

I’m working on a new project that uses the Sitefinity CMS by Telerik. So far I’ve been impressed with the architecture and features it provides. The documentation is robust and there is good support. I did run into a couple of snags installing a new Sitefinity instance on an Azure VM that is running Windows Server 2012, IIS 8, and SQL Server Express 2012. Here are a few tweaks you’ll need to make to get an install working.

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How to Add Foundation Icons to Zurb Foundation for Applications

I’ve been working on my prayer journal project using Zurb Foundation for Applications (Z4A) and it has been going great. One thing that is nice is that Z4A comes bundled with a small set of the Iconic icon library. These are SVG icons that are easily scalable, styled, and sized. While this was nice, the available icons was too limited for me. I’d rather use the Zurb Foundation Icon Fonts that they worked hard on, have more options, and are just as stylable. There is a tiny amount of work to integrate this with a Z4A app, and here’s how you do it.

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