Thursday, April 18, 2013

New England Sitecore User Group presenting Responsive Design

This should be a really good presentation.  If you are in the Boston Area you should check it out.

Register via meetup for the Sitecore User Group New England

The April New England Sitecore User Group will feature a panel presentation and discussion from ISITE Design’s battle-tested User Experience and Sitecore Development teams that explore the many considerations that go into planning, designing and developing responsive and mobile-friendly Sitecore experiences.
The teams will look at real-world projects with example deliverables, code and approaches for a variety of scenarios. We’ll look at trade-offs in the development processes, approaches to adaptive vs. responsive and the experience-based planning and content strategy necessary for success. Rock-star Sitecore developers are only part of the equation when it comes to making responsive design work with Sitecore.

I hope the slides or a youtube of the presentation will be available.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Software is eating the mall? It is happening now. Are you ready for it?

Mall traffic has been dropping.  This has been especially noticeable during the Pre-Holiday Season.  The volume of Black Friday and Cyber Mondays have been constant.  I am still getting Cyber Monday newsletters and its April.

The latest article on Tech Crunch describes this in more detail.

Software is eating the Mall

The divide is growing between stores that have online presence and e-commerce and those who do not.  It is not as complex as it seems.

Sitecore and Active Commerce are a great way to build a flexible yet simple solution especially if you are a large business needing integration with back end systems for inventory control and online purchasing.

Small business needing a presence on a budget can implement simple solutions using open-source or more affordable CMS solutions with PayPal Integration.

Finding the right partner can make all the difference.

Contact me at for more information.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Install A Sitecore Package From Sitecore Rocks

If you are looking to upload a package using Sitecore Rocks Visual Studio Plug-In you can do so by:

1)  Opening Visual Studio, clicking on SITECORE menu option.  
2) Click on Sitecore Explorer

 3) Click on the connection you want to install the package on.  If not connected then connect to it.  If connected choose Manage Packages.

4) In here you can create a package, upload a package, prepare anti-packages etc.

The anti-package feature is one of the most useful.

For those using commandly, you would use the Manage Package task

Monday, April 1, 2013

Installing Sitecore on Windows 8

If you are installing Sitecore on Windows 8 you may get the following error message.

HTTP Error 500.19 - Internal Server Error

The requested page cannot be accessed because the related configuration data for the page is invalid.

Config Source:

 3337:     </modules>
 3338:     <handlers>
 3339:       <remove name="WebServiceHandlerFactory-Integrated" />

See the sample screen shot below:

There are few things to check that may resolve this issue:

1) Check the web.config file in the sitecore website directory for

Check this in the web.config and change overrideModeDefault from Deny to Allow.
  <sectionGroup name="system.webServer">
    <section name="handlers" overrideModeDefault="Deny" /> 

2) Open up IIS and click on the IIS Root Usually your computer name.  When you do you can click on Feature Delegation and set Handler Mapping to Read/Write.  You may need to do the same for Modules.

3) If this does not work then ASP.NET is not registered properly with IIS.  

NOTE: Executing the usual aspnet_regiis -i may not solve this issue on Windows 8.  

On Windows 8 this command now tells you to use Control Panel's Turn Windows Features On/Off. It's IIS\World Wide Web Services\Application Development Features\ASP.NET 4.5