Last week we launched a site for a client that was built upon the Telerik Sitefinity CMS platform. Between me and 3 or 4 other developers, we customized the front end, a bit of the back end, and all parts inbetween. I’m quite proud of the launch. There were lots of learning points along the way and I’m sure some folks are wondering if it’s worth using this platform to build a site. Here’s my rundown on the good, the bad, and the ugly with it.
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.
Recently I’ve started working with the Umbraco CMS for a project at work. While there was a bit of a learning curve to Umbraco (having done a lot of WordPress work as of late) I found it to be very robust and powerful. One of the things we needed to add to our Umbraco site was a page that allowed members to search and sort all the members that had opted in to be on the list. While the solution is rather simple, tracking it down wasn’t. Continue reading “Soup to Nuts: Creating a Member Search and Filter Page/Macro in Umbraco CMS”