Saturday, April 9, 2016

Exception loading Sitecore LaunchPad after running Removing Broken Links on Core Database

If you run the Removing Broken Links tool on the Core Database you will get this error:
The model item passed into the dictionary is of type 'Sitecore.Mvc.Presentation.RenderingModel', but this dictionary requires a model item of type 'Sitecore.ExperienceAnalytics.Client.Mvc.Presentation.ExperienceAnalyticsLineChartViewModel'
If you do @sitecorey wrote an awesome article on how to fix it.
Sitecore Launchpad exception after removing brokenlinks

Thanks Corey Smith

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Perficient, Beachbody and Read Watch Create

You have probably noticed a lot of changes since January 1 so I thought I would explain them to you so you can share in my amazing first quarter of 2016.

Read Watch Create started back in June of 2015 as a vision of building a mentoring community.  Although the website front end is very basic and has grown little, the community has grown both on Social Media, email and offline.  As the New Year approached, the underlying algorithm has grown in complexity and I am currently using it myself separate from the website to help people find articles, videos and people to mentor or implement for them.

With a fresh new year, we expanded our mentoring community to include health and fitness as our CEO became a Beachbody Coach.  I started my fitness journey under her guidance and am now down 9 lbs.  On March 1, I became a Beachbody Coach myself.  We are staring an Accountability Group on May 2. If you are interested send us an email at or to join.

Now that April is here, I have started a new full time position at Perficient on the Sitecore Team, mentoring internally while also building out Read Watch Create and its algorithm outside core hours.  I have been very blessed this year as everything is falling into place.

I am very excited about the opportunity at Perficient.  There are a lot of strong and talented individuals, all willing to help each other.  All with their specific strengths that they share.  One of my colleagues just wrote the Coveo Certification Exam and got the highest score to date.

If you are working with Sitecore you need to check out the Perficient Sitecore blog posts.  They are informative and will save you a lot of time.

Testing Accessibility In Sitecore

There are a few tools out there that do Accessibility Reports.  My favorite is AChecker.  This tool allows you to feed it an Url and it will access the site and report all the issues.  Unfortunately, this tool does a single page at a time.

Read Watch Create has a Sitecore Website Report tool that will present you with a list of sites in your Sitecore instance, allow you to choose the report you wish to run, provide you with the results in a DataGrid and allow you to export it as CSV or Excel.

This Web Reports tool currently includes the following reports:
  1. Accessibility Checker
  2. Media Items stored on file System
If you are interested in obtaining a copy this tool email with your name and contact info including an email that has access to Google Drive.