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Brian McKeiver's personal blog. This blog is mostly dedicated to Kentico CMS and ASP.NET development.

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    My goal of this Quick Tip is to help any Kentico developer out there who may run into a situation where neither the built-in Scheduled Tasks nor custom Scheduled Tasks are executing either manually or automatically. I actually ran into this situation twice in the last two weeks on projects that we are working on with Kentico CMS 7.0 at BizStream.


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    In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I reflect on again being awarded Kentico MVP status by Kentico software. We both feel incredibly honored to receive the award and talk about what it means to be a Kentico MVP. 

    From the very first day I used Kentico CMS, I was sold that this was the CMS for me and my company. Now, over 4 years later, I am still constantly impressed with the quality and functionality of the product and the people behind it. I love working with Kentico and am honored to be once again nominated as a Kentico MVP for my contributions to the Kentico community. I can't wait to see what the future of Kentico brings. You can listen to the entire podcast after the jump.


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    In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I talk about the upcoming release of Kentico 8.0. It's been 18 months in the making, and I think that it has been totally worth the wait. Neither of us Kentico MVP's can wait for the official release date of March 31st.


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    Chances are that you if you are reading this, you have seen that Kentico 8 is right around the corner. Improvements to the Kentico E-commerce solution are also a part of the focus in this major point release. I’m very excited to introduce 2 under-the-radar improvements that you may not have seen yet. These 2 improvements come with the MMP3 build of Kentico 8. Kentico has listened to the community and updated the Shopping Cart engine to be even easier to work with than before. I am very excited about it. Keep reading to see how you can customize the checkout process and mobile experience on your Kentico E-commerce website.


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    About a month from now my fellow Kentico MVPs and I will be joined by Thom Robbins and Miro Remias from Kentico to have a discussion on tips, tricks, and best practices for building websites using Kentico. In our last edition of the show we made it much more a conversation and the feedback was great. We plan on continuing the new format this time. To find out more read the offiical Kentico devnet blog post all about our expert virtual panel. Click through to the full post to to Ask Us Your Question Now.


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    You might know by now that Kentico's Online Marketing Solution allows you to optimize your website content with an advanced set of digital marketing tools. In my opinion, the easiest and most simple way to optimize your page content is to utilize A/B testing. With the release of Kentico 8 optimizing your pages utilizing A/B testing has become even easier to do.

    If you are not sure how to do an A/B Test in Kentico, the full example can be watched via the Kentico 8 A/B Test Feature Series that Thom Robbins has put togther over on Kentico DevNet. It's a really great walkthrough on every step you need to take in Kentico to create your A/B Test. Now on to the dead-simple Kentico A/B Test examples.


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    In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I talk about the our first impressions of Kentico 8.0. During the first two weeks of its release we have put the platform through its paces and have a lot to report. Hear what we think about the new User Interface, Custom Module development, new Kentico 8.0 API changes / enhancements and more.


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    Since the Kentico 8 Upgrade tool dropped, I have been itching to get some time in on upgrading my Kentico blog here at Mcbeev.com. Tonight I was working on viewing the results of the upgraded code and some newer changes in the API when it comes to custom Scheduled Tasks.


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    In this quick How To guide, I will show how you can increase your subscriber count using the power of Marketing Automation via built-in Kentico functionality. The best part about this solution is that there is no custom code required. That's right, all you have to do is follow these simple steps to help generate more subscribers for your digital marketing efforts which should in turn get you more leads from your Kentico website.


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    In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I talk about the the recent goings on in the Kentico community. Bryan ventured out to a whole different hemisphere to speak at Kentico Connection Sydney, while I took a 15 min car ride downtown to speak at the local CMS Shootout event. I think I got shorted in the travel aspect of this whole thing...


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    A few people have recently asked if my web parts for integrating with Yammer work with version 8.0 of Kentico. As it turns out, not only has Kentico released a new major version since I wrote these web parts, but so has the Yammer API. Tonight I retro-fitted the code to work with the new API as well as both versions 7.0 and 8.0 of Kentico. You can grab the download of my Yammer Web Part Pack 1.1 after the jump.


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    I finally had enough time to sit down and upgrade my blog here at Mcbeev.com to Kentico 8. All and all it was not that bad of a process. I'm pretty happy with the results because the improvements in the product are quite worth it. The only challenging part was upgrading all of the custom code and developer examples that I have written over the years. It has been a fun trip down memory lane for some of them. 

    Keep reading to find out a few Kentico 8 upgrade tips that might just save you some time during your upgrade.


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    In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and Brian McKeiver talk about the Kentico Marketplace. Did you know there are tons of tested and proven add-ons that you can use to enhance your Kentico website? Even better most of them are free. From there we venture on to the upcoming release of Kentico 8.1 and what to expect plus a shout out to the newest Kentico MVP.


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    As you may or may not know, the beta version of Kentico 8.1 was recently released. I've had a chance to take it for a spin and wanted to share my first impressions on what the newest version of Kentico brings to the table. Here's a secret...it's pretty darn impressive.


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    I'm very happy to announce that I will be attending and speaking at Kentico Connection 2014 Prague. Yes that's right my passport is fully renewed and airfare is booked to the Czech Republic for September 29th - 30th. Kentico Connection is the premiere conference for Kentico developers, customers, and partners. Attendees can expect to gain deep technical and industry insights into all things Kentico and I am very honored to be a part of it.

    My session, Harness the Power of Marketing Automation, will walk through Kentico's built-in Marketing Automation tools. The goal of the talk is to show attendees how the platform can be used to save time and generate more traffic to their website. 

    There also is an added benefit that my fellow Kentico MVP's and I will all also be attending the conference in Prague. For the first time ever all four of us will be in the same timezone, same location, and most likely same room. This is a great opportunity to pick our brains on your Kentico issues. 


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    Recently I was tasked with creating my own On-line Marketing Automation Process Action inside of Kentico 8. I wasn't exactly sure of which method signature to start from so it took a bit of digging to figure out the right class to inherit from. Luckily it didn't take long because the excellent help documentation that comes with Kentico 8 set me on the right path. I'm hoping to save the next Kentico developer who has to do this some time, so I have posted two sample code snippets below. Have I mentioned that I love how easy it is to extend the built-in foundation of Kentico ?

     


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    My team and I use the Disqus blog comment system on the blogs that we have created for BizStream.com, my site here at Mcbeev.com, and many other of our client projects. Disqus is a great system for handling blog post comments. It makes the moderating, anti-spam, and community building aspect of running a blog a breeze. I could not recommend it more.

    All of those aforementioned blogs are of course powered by my favorite ASP.Net based CMS, Kentico. You might be wondering why, for those very same sites, we do not use the built-in Blog Comment View webpart that comes with Kentico. The truth is that this one area of Kentico is a bit outdated in terms of HTML markup and overall functionality. These deficiencies make styling the webpart a challenge, to meet a good responsive design, plus the anti-spam system that Kentico has is ok, but not great. For those reasons we now use Disqus.

    One thing that has always bugged me about using Disqus for comments is that the service is all purely client side / JavaScript based, and therefore I lose a little bit of insight into exactly who is commenting on my blog posts from a Kentico Contact Management and Activity Tracking perspective.

    My goal today is to show you how to fix that and trap those client side events that happen via JavaScript and log them in the built in Kentico Activity Tracking database and UI. Dive into my two part mini blog post series by following the read more link.


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    In the second part of the mini blog post series I am going to cover how we connect the items that we created in part one to the front end of the Pages that you want to use the Disqus blog post comment system on. Make sure you read and follow part one of How to Connect Disqus Comments to Kentico EMS Activity Tracking first before you contine on. In this post I will show you how to finish off all of the required configuration.

     


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    Today I am pleased to announce my latest custom Kentico module, the Zoho CRM Module for Kentico 8.x. Why write a module for Zoho you might ask? Well according to a few sources Zoho is a very common CRM that many organizations across the world utilize for customer relationship management, and it just so happens to be the CRM that we use at BizStream. Since BizStream.com has been using Kentico EMS for quite a while now it made a ton of sense to extend and connect the two solutions. In doing so our activity tracking and contact information can flow between both systems. Yep that’s right the custom module features a two synchronization between on-line marketing contacts in Kentico and leads in Zoho. Keep reading to find out what other goodies this custom module for Kentico 8.0 and Kentico 8.1 features.


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    In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and Brian McKeiver join forces with a few special guests. The group talks about a few different strategies that can be used to handle large amounts of data in Kentico. In reality large amounts of data can mean many different things, especially when it comes to displaying that data on a website. For this episode of Kentico Rocks we did try to narrow down our focus to the basics of content management with consideration to big datasets. Care to take a guess who joins us ? Listen to the episode to find out who.


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