Entries by Jon D Jones

What To Do When Your Client Doesn’t Listen To You?

I remember one example of this happening a few years ago. In a meeting, the test manager made a number of recommendations about the sign-off process. The person in question had specialized in testing for several years and knew what he said. I can’t remember the specifics of the meeting, but basically, his suggestions were […]


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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How To Turn Your Design Into A CMS Website

If you’re at the start of a new web project and the PSD’s have been signed off and delivered, it can be tricky to decide how to tackle the CMS integration. I’ve worked with clients and agencies throughout the UK and there is generally two approaches, create a HTML version and then integrate it, or, […]


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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How To Use C# Classes To Create Custom Database Tables and Repositories With Umbraco

Today, I’m going to talk about a sensitive area for some developers. Creating custom tables within your CMS database. Custom tables within your CMS database are frowned upon by a lot of purists. In a lot of situations, I consider myself to be in this camp. If you build you application logic within your website, […]


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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How To Create A Search Page In Umbraco

Do you need to implement a site search within your Umbraco website, then read on. Search is technically one of the pages on a lot of projects. A basic search is pretty easy to get started, but the further down the rabbit hole you get, the more complicated things become. Before I panic you too […]


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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How To Create A Paginated List In Umbraco

Displaying lists on a website is another requirement of almost every website, website search, blog posts, latest news the list could go on and on. If you find yourself wanting to create a list in Umbraco and need some advice, then read on. Front-end Vs Back-end As I write this it’s 2017 and over the […]


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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One Essential Tip All Developers Should Follow To Ensure A Happy Life

Do you want a happy life? Read on to learn one tip that could make your life a lot more enjoyable. I have a lot of people reach out to me through this site, some are just starting out, some are permanent, freelance or contractor and the interesting thing is that some projects sound like […]


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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How To Add A Recapture Within Your Umbraco Website

Spam is annoying, wasting hours deleting spam is also annoying; if you want to make your life a little easier then read on. CAPTACHAS were introduced to try and stop magic robots from taking over the world… well your inbox at least. If you have ever managed or run a wordpress site that has a […]


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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How To Create A Web Api In Umbraco In Less Than 5 Minutes!

Building an API within a project is a pretty standard process now. When you use .NET and MVC you can use web API to set-up an API layer pretty easily. In a standard .NET approach, you create a service that inherits from a controller, define some routes, update your route config to point to your […]


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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How To Render Rich Text In Your Views When You Use Strongly Typed Models Within Umbraco

When you work with Umbraco, or in fact any MVC or .NET website I always recommend trying to work with strongly -typed models. In case you’re fairly new to .NET and that statement confuses you, what I mean is that you should always work with C# classes instead of hard-coding strings all over your code […]


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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How To Display Code Snippets On Your Umbraco Website

If you’re working on a website that needs to display code (like this one), then you’ll need a way to make it readable and look cool. Instead of wasting your time trying to write something yourself, it’s much easier to implement a ready-made off the shelf solution. In today’s tutorial I’m going to tell you […]


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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Umbraco: Document type inheritance for document type with ” alias, cannot be updated.

If you have read any of my getting started with Umbraco guides, then you’ll know that I recommend and favour using strong types objects with Umbraco.  As Umbraco doesn’t allow you to work with strongly-typed objects out-of-the-box, you’ll need to use a third-party package, or write something yourself. I recommend looking at uSiteBuilder, however, when you work […]


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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Is the JS CMS The Way Of The Future?

Have you ever had a drunken conversation at the pub, where you come up with an amazing idea only to never do anything about it?  We came up with a concept for a Javascript CMS in 2014, which seemed like a good idea but probably a little too much work and effort to actually develop.   […]


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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Umbraco: How To Get The Url From An IContent

This is a quick post for those of you struggling to figure out how to get the URL for a page within Umbraco by code. Figuring out the friendly Url is something that you will need to do sooner rather than later, when you’re creating a website. You’ll obviously need a menu, or you’ll need […]


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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How To Create A New Episerver Database?

As developers, we often want to experiment and tinker around with things.  The annoying part of this is that our development databases can often get destroyed or corrupted.  To make life easier, Episerver introduced a quick and easy way for us to create a clean database.  In today’s post, I’m going to show you how […]


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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UmbracoHelper Vs ContentTypeService

Umbraco has several useful APIs and one common misconception is when to use the UmbracoHelper, compared to the ContentTypeService. If you look at the constructor of the Umbraco Helper, it takes an UmbracoContext as a parameter and this is when the first big difference appears. The UmbracoContext, like the normal.NET HTTP Context, works on a […]


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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Umbraco, Unable to publish – String or binary data would be truncated on Saving

This error can be a bit of a school boy error. I’ve only usually bumped into it when I’ve been in the midst of a content migration phase and using something like uSIteBuilder. When importing text once in a while I’ll see the ‘Unable to publish – String or binary data would be truncated’ when […]


Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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