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Mark van Aalst

Mark van Aalst is a Solution Architect for Sitecore Netherlands. Prior to working for Sitecore he has worked with the Sitecore CMS for more than 6 years and was a Sitecore MVP. Mark is also the initiator of the populair Sitecore Shared Source WeBlog module which he develops together with Nick Wesselman and Alistair Deneys. You can follow Mark on Twitter @markvanaalst or Google+

Keyboard shortcuts for working with Item Buckets

By on June 30, 2013 in Sitecore 7 with 0 Comments
Keyboard shortcuts for working with Item Buckets

When working with item buckets in Sitecore 7 there are a few keyboard shortcuts that might come in handy. Here is a list: Shortcut Description CTRL + SHIFT + B Converts a content item into an item bucket. You must lock the item first. CTRL + SHIFT + D Converts an item bucket into a […]

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DMS Gutters released

DMS Gutters released

Today I published a new client feature on the marketplace called DMS Gutters. This will install two gutters within the Content Editor that shows which items have running tests and personalized components. It will help the business user identifying which items contains tests and personalisation. You can download the installation package via the Sitecore Marketplace. […]

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Extending the Item Buckets Search Operations

By on April 1, 2013 in Item Buckets, Sitecore 7 with 0 Comments
Extending the Item Buckets Search Operations

As you might know you can use Item Buckets in Sitecore 7 to execute operations on multiple items at the same time. Those operations are called Search Operations and Sitecore 7 ships with default ones like moving, copying and deleting items. As a developer you can fairly easy create your own search operations. There are […]

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Filter Engagement Analytics reports by site with a custom filter

By on February 15, 2013 in Analytics, DMS, Reports, Sitecore with 7 Comments
Filter Engagement Analytics reports by site with a custom filter

By default Sitecore comes with a few default reports within the Engagement Analytics. Depending on the report you can get insights about the website or its visitors. You can filter those reports with the standard filters like business classification, country and state. But did you know that adding your own filters is fairly easy. Let’s […]

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Multiple Images Selector field

Multiple Images Selector field

Recently I got a question from one of our partners for a field in which a user can select multiple images and also have a overview of the selected images. Of course there are a few available fieldtypes but there was a requirement to select the images in one dialog window. A example of this […]

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Daily Tip: Support Package Generator

By on November 5, 2012 in Daily Tip, Sitecore, Support with 13 Comments
Daily Tip: Support Package Generator

You might recognize this scenario. During your project you encounter some problem and you need the help of Sitecore Support. You create a new ticket and then you need to wait until their first reply. If you only wrote down you issue and didn’t provide any log files, the first reply will probably be to […]

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Tips for visiting Sitecore Symposium Amsterdam (#SitecoreSym)

By on August 31, 2012 in Symposium 2012 with 1 Comment
Tips for visiting Sitecore Symposium Amsterdam (#SitecoreSym)

Since their are a few hundred Sitecore enthusiasts coming to Amsterdam we thought I would come in handy to share a few links. If you are coming by plane and you need to travel by public transport, you can plan your journey at this site: http://9292.nl/en. It will plan your route using all public transportation possibilities available. […]

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10 reasons to go to Sitecore Symposium

By on July 27, 2012 in Sitecore, Symposium 2012 with 17 Comments
10 reasons to go to Sitecore Symposium

What is Sitecore Symposium? Sitecore Symposium (former Dreamcore) is a three day conference for Sitecore developers, partners and customers. There are three kinds of sessions; developer, product and business tracks. Here are 10 reasons why you should go to Sitecore Symposium: Get the latest news on Sitecore and all of it’s related products A chance […]

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Webinar: Technical introduction into Lucene

By on June 27, 2012 in Lucene, Sitecore, Sitecore Webinar with 2 Comments
Webinar: Technical introduction into Lucene

Last week I gave a webinar (in Dutch) about Lucene. During the webinar I showed how to create indexes, a custom crawler and showed some basic search logic. The video is posted below. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZehokNZLUk[/youtube] The sample code used will be available in a short while. Want to receive a reminder when sample code is published? Subscribe […]

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Using wildcards and displaynames in urls

By on May 8, 2012 in Sitecore, Tips and Tricks with 8 Comments
Using wildcards and displaynames in urls

In Sitecore we know wildcards, which will give you the possibility to create dynamic urls. Basically we can use wildcards to pass variables by using the URL instead of querystring parameters. If you would like to know more on how wildcards work and what they can do for you I recommend this blogpost from Alistair […]

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Dutch webinar about faster developing with Sitecore Rocks and VS2010

By on January 24, 2012 in Sitecore with 0 Comments

On February 9th Pieter and I will give a webinar showing you how to develop a basic website by using only Visual Studio 2010 and Sitecore Rocks. The webinar starts at 15.00 hours. Topics that will be covered are: Navigating into the content tree Managing data templates Creating presentation components Job and log management Managing […]

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Using XAML controls outside the Sitecore folder

By on January 23, 2012 in Daily Tip, Sitecore, Tips and Tricks, XAML with 3 Comments

In certain cases you want to offer the end-user a userfriendly interface to manage content, users or anything else. Thanks to Sitecore’s backend flexibility this is possible in more ways than one. In this case I will use the technique which is described in this blogpost by Adam Conn. In the example you can see […]

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Configure a authoring server as publishing instance

By on January 12, 2012 in Infrastructure, Sitecore with 0 Comments
Configure a authoring server as publishing instance

This week I got a question from one of our partners about a publishing server. They have an environment in which the authors edit the content on several content authoring servers and publish it to the content delivery servers. In my example underneath we have an environment with multiple content management servers (CM) and multiple […]

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New job: Sitecore Solution Architect

By on January 10, 2012 in Sitecore

As of the first of january I am the new solution architect for Sitecore in the Netherlands. I am the second solution architect next to Pieter Brinkman. Together we will be responsible for: Technical Presentations and demonstrations Providing Technical Trainings Defining Sitecore architecture/blueprint for customer and partners Developing CMS relevant (sales) propositions Develop demo’s and […]

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Using ELMAH for error logging within Sitecore

By on March 24, 2011 in Sitecore with 1 Comment
Using ELMAH for error logging within Sitecore

Since a while I use ELMAH for error logging in my custom ASP.NET applications. Normally in a Sitecore project I log all exceptions to the Sitecore log files. But the disadvantage of this is that the exceptions are in the same files as all Sitecore log messages. So I tried to implement ELMAH within my […]

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