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Bug: Sitecore’s Heartbeat.aspx page returns 500 Error

Since 8.0+, Sitecore has been adding various connection strings to the ConnectionStrings.config file that are not SQL Connection strings.  Out of the box, Sitecore provides one called reporting.apikey which is normally empty.  However, Sitecore modules, such as Email Experience Manager have been adding a slew of new connection strings for things cipher keys, Dispatch server paths,… Read More ›

Bypassing Sitecore’s Request Verification

This is going to be a fairly short blog post, but hopefully helps someone else out there. Recently, I came across the dreaded RequestVerificationToken is not present error while troubleshooting why Content Testing wasn’t working.  As of this blog post, I still don’t know what is in my code that is breaking request verification, however, I was… Read More ›

Sitecore Analytics Tracker Common Issues and How to Resolve Them

Definitive guide to solving Tracker.Current and Sitecore’s Analytic’s Tracker.Current cannot be initialized errors.

2017 Sitecore MVP’s Announced

It is with profound humility and insurmountable gratitude that I accept the title of Sitecore Technologist MVP for 2017. A lot of hard work has gone into this, and there is a laundry list of other MVP’s and Developers that I can thank who have helped me get this far. I’d also like to give… Read More ›

Mapping CSV Fields to Complex Sitecore xDB Facets

In this edition of Unlocking xDB, we’ll expand from the last blog and demonstrate how we can map CSV data uploaded to List Manager into complex facet elements.

Loading xDB Contacts with CSV and Custom Fields

Blog Series: Unlocking xDB – Vol: #2   Referenced Sitecore Version: Sitecore 8.1U3 – 8.2 Using List Manager’s CSV Upload to Create xDB Contacts with Custom Fields Welcome back to Unlocking xDB! In the last blog post, we went through the process of creating a custom facet for contacts stored in xDB. Building upon our example, the Marketing Data facet that… Read More ›

Creating Custom Sitecore xDB Contact Facets

Blog Series: Unlocking xDB – Vol: #1   Referenced Sitecore Version: Sitecore 8.1U3 – 8.2 Creating Custom Sitecore xDB Contact Facets in Sitecore 8.1U3 and Sitecore 8.2 Over the last couple of days, I’ve enjoyed the challenge of trying to create a custom Sitecore xDB Contact Facet.  If you’re unsure what a Facet is, don’t worry.  There are so… Read More ›

Dynamic Sites Manager 1.9.1 – Update

In true Sitecore fashion, I wanted to quickly get an initial working version of Dynamic Sites Manager out the door for the Sitecore 8.2 Initial Release.  Tonight, I went back into the code and realized that the SiteManager.Providers property has been marked obsolete, something that wasn’t very clear in the Release Notes. This means at… Read More ›

Dynamic Sites Manager 1.9 Released

Version 1.9 Released Today, Sitecore officially released Sitecore 8.2 Initial Release (Revision 160729). As such, I spent some time updating Dynamic Sites Manager to support Sitecore 8.2 in the most recent release.  In addition, earlier releases support Sitecore 8.1, 8.0, 7.5, 7.2, and 7.0.  With the release, the following versions will continue to be supported… Read More ›

Sitecore 8.1 List Manager – CSV Upload Error

Recently, I’ve been battling through a problem that a particular client was having with their Sitecore 8.1 Update-3 installation.  The original issue manifested itself when, in trying to upgrade from Sitecore 7.2 and Email Campaign Manager 2.3 to Sitecore 8.1 Update 3 and Email Experience Manager 3.3, the ability to upload a contact or recipient… Read More ›

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