Entries by Jon D Jones

Episerver 7 – Creating A Language Cookie And Ensuring The Page Uses It

In today’s guide I will cover how to set-up a website to run in a multi-lingual environment. Step One – Creating A Default Language Cookie In MVC we can use a global ActionFilter to ensure certain functionality is triggered when a user navigates to one of our webpages.  Writing a global action filter will allow us […]


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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Creating A Custom View Engine To Organise Your Pages and Block Views More Easily

Whenever I set-up a new site, I like to organise my views into a few folders…  mainly one called ‘pages’ and one called ‘Blocks’. I create my Models and ViewModels, the controller creates a folder in my ‘Views’ folder under ‘Pages’ or ‘Blocks’ and then go to test out the site and get the same error: The reasons […]


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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Essential Books For CMS .NET Developers To Read

As a developer, I think keeping up-to-date with the latest trends and gaining a deeper knowledge about our field, is key to producing quality solutions.  It’s also not possible any more to learn everything you need to learn on the job.  Imagine you work in a company that doesn’t use DI, one day you get restless […]


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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EPiServer 7.5 Visual Studio Warning : Where has the episerver.config and EPiServerFramework.config gone?

If you saw my last post about installing EPiSever 7.5 using the new Visual Studio Project template, I thought I’d share my experiences so far.   After I installed the site, I went in search for the epi.config and after some head scratching became puzzled that I couldn’t find it.  After a lot of ‘research’ I found out […]


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 Install EPiServer 7.5 Using the New Visual Studio Extension

Since Episerver 7.5 you can install Episerver CMS via Nuget. Being able to install Episerver via Nuget makes upgrading a lot simpler compared to previous versions. In the future when you want to upgrade your site, you should be able to do it via the Package Manager. It also means that to add new features […]


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 get a page in EPiServer 7 ?

 How To Get An EPiServer Page Via the API In EPi7 you can still use the traditional call to the API, however, this way isn’t classed as best practice anymore. In EPi 7 the best practice approach is: If you are asking yourself why the second snippet is better, I’ll explain. In the original version 6 API 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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Episerver 6 – Creating Custom Profile Properties Via the Admin

I had a requirement to add a profile image to the EPiServer 6 blog plug-in to enable content editors to have their profile image displayed against any post they submit via the plug-in. I had two options, my first idea was to create a user pagetype and then create a mandatory link property on the BlogItemPageType page type. […]


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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EPiServer Interview Questions

EPiServer7 What attribute can you decorate a Property to make it mandatory? Required What attribute do you need to add to a class to make it a scheduled task ? ScheduledPlugIn What is the difference between a content area and a block ? How do you enforce an image only property ? [UIHint(UIHint.Image)] How do you set […]


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 Get a WCF Service Up And Running In 5 Minutes

Objective In today’s tutorial I will demonstrate how to implement a simple service that takes in a GUID and returns an int, how to host it in IIS and how to test it in the WCFTest tool to make sure it works. Step One – Create the service Create a new WCF service project in Visual Studio: […]


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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Six Steps to Create a Custom Database Logger using Log4Net and NuGet

Hi, I had a requirement to create a global logger for a company.  The company has 10-20 services and they wanted a central store to log errors.  In order to do this, I wanted a simple and easy way to implement a logger through the system;  I’ve used Log4net a lot so I naturally chose that. […]


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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Sitecore 7 : Getting Started The Basics

So you’ve installed Sitecore. now what. In today’s tutorial, I’m going to give a brief overview of how you can get started using Sitecore CMS. The first thing you probably care about after running the installer is checking Sitecore is up and running by logging into the editor. On your website simply add in /Sitecore […]


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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Development : Some Great Resources For C# Job Interview Preparation

As a contractor, I frequently have to do interviews, so I thought it’s about time I listed all the resources I use when I’m doing preparation. The best resource I’ve found is an online test that presents you 10 random .net multiple questions. It definitely helps jog the memory banks before an interview Dot Net […]


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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EPiServer 7 : Enforcing Lower Case Url’s

This post is short and simple.  Out of the box EPiServr does not provide a way to enforce lowercase Url’s.  Out of all the solutions I’ve seen on the web, the main one by Joel Abrahamsson uses Url Segment to make the Url lower case when the page is created. We had a requirement to […]


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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EPiServer : VPP View Admin Plug-in. How To Find Where In The VPP Folder Your Images Lives!

I recently had a few problems with the VPP folder for one of my clients. The server was set-up in a staging/live environment. We were using a program called SugarSync to make sure the VPP folders mirrored each other, rather than having to rely on a third party server.  We had issues with the sync […]


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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Episerver 7 : How To Improve Site Performance With Caching For MVC

Adding in Output Caching Globally On All Controllers First off, you can enable global ‘OutputCacheAttribute ‘ to cache all of your controllers.  This approach is a bit more flexible than having to add it to each action on your site, as recommended in several sources.  In order to add the cache globally. you need to […]


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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EPiServer 7 : Installing BVN.404Handler for an MVC Project

Install The Module First, install the package ‘BVN.404.Hamdler’ via Nuget from the EPiServer Nuget feed: http://nuget.episerver.com/feed/packages.svc/ Next, download the extension and add in BVN.404Handler.MvcContrib plug-in by Mark Everard here. Add/check the following is in your web.config ‘configSections’ section Change the ‘fileNotFoundPage’ property in the ‘bvn404Handler’ section By default the BVN plug-in assumes you are using […]


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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