Entries by Jon D Jones

How To Architect Your First Umbraco Page

This post assumes that you know nothing of creating a page in Umbraco or MVC. By the end of this article, you will understand what a layout is, what a template is and what a partial view is. These are the fundamental concepts of creating your first page, that you can use in the real-world. […]

What Is A Sitecore Item?

In today’s post, I’m going to talk about Sitecore Items.  A Sitecore ‘item‘ is the basic building block for everything that makes up a Sitecore website.  Forget about C# and HTML files for now, as Sitecore items have no relation to actual real files on a filesystem.  A Sitecore ‘item‘ is a virtual object that lives within […]

How To Enabled HTTP2 With Episerver

Over the last year or so, HTTP/2 is becoming a more widely adopted feature.  In today’s post, I’m going to talk about what HTTP2 is, why you should be using it and how to implement it with your Episerver website. What Is HTTP/2? We all know and love HTTP but it’s getting on a bit […]

Sitecore Launchpad Explained

The Sitecore dashboard is your gateway into Sitecore.  At first, it might seem a little daunting.  Sitecore comes with a lot of tools for you to use. The dashboard is split into four main areas ‘Marketing Applications’, ‘Content Editing’, ‘Control Panel’, and ‘Access Management’. Marketing Applications Experience Analytics Experience Profile Federated Experience Manager Experience Optimization List Manager Campaign […]

How To Log Into The Sitecore Editor

The first things most people will want to do when they get started with Sitecore is to log into the backend and have a look around. If you want to do any sort of web page creation, content editing, or administration on your website, then you will need to access the Sitecore login page first. […]

Useful Episerver Online Demo Site URLs

If you need to quickly demo instead of spending time getting something set-up on your local machine, there are several online sample sites that you can use. Alloy Sample Site The original Episerver sample site, Alloy can be used to demo all things Episerver CMS, templates, blocks etc.. URL: http://alloy.eu.episerverdemo.com/ QJet Qjets is a good site to demo […]

Sitecore Databases Explained

Like every other CMS on the planet, Sitecore’s data is stored in a database, well to be more precise several databases.  If you look at your SQL server after you install a fresh copy of SQL, you should see something like this: This may seem like a lot of databases, but each has its own specific […]

How Can Sitecore Help My Business?

A website is the easiest way for a company to communicate with customers.  A website can help you accomplish many different marketing strategies which in turn can help your business grow.  A website can be set-up as an online shop so you can sell your goods without the middlemen.  I think everyone understands the importance […]

What Is Sitecore?

I regularly work with different CMS systems and the question I am always asked by clients is… which CMS is the best one?   If you go by the industry recommendations (Gartner magic quadrant) in 2017 Sitecore is number 1.  A simple comparison on websites like StackOverflow, will show that Sitecore has more interest than […]

The Umbraco Cloud Portal Explained

The Umbraco cloud is where you will manage your cloud website.  The portal can be thought of as your IIS, WAF (web application firewall), account management and user management section.  Like Umbraco, the portal is pretty straightforward to get to grips with and you can get to grips with it fairly quickly. Manage Environments: This is […]

How To Purchase An Umbraco Cloud License

If you decide that Umbraco Cloud is for you, first you need to sign up for a trial account.  After signing up to the 14-day trial, you’ll be prompted to purchase a monthly subscription license.  To register your website, you will need to open your Umbraco web portal.  You have two ways to access the portal.  When […]