Changes to WFFM Save Actions in Sitecore 8.1

When Sitecore 8.1 was released back in October, it brought with it many wonderful, new, exciting features, enhancements and welcome bug fixes!  Amongst all of this awesomeness, however, was a handful of breaking changes.  I found one of those breaking changes while I was working on the code for my post on Syncing data from Dynamics CRM, directly to xDB.…

Taming the Experience Editor: Customizing Placeholders

One of the (many) key differentiating factors that sets Sitecore apart from many other CMS platforms is the Experience Editor.  The Experience Editor is Sitecore’s WYSIWYG editor, providing content authors the opportunity to edit content within the context of the page, layout the page, etc…  It’s quite a powerful tool.  All that being said, however, there is always room for…

Handling Sprites in Sitecore with SVG

Sprites, as defined by wikipedia: To reduce the number of requests the browser makes to the server, some web designers combine numerous small images or icons into a larger image called a sprite sheet or tile set.[27] CSS is used to select the parts of the composite image to display at different points in the page. Rendering relatively static imagery on…

Fix unstyled Sitecore console pages

As I was setting up my development environment on a new, fresh Windows 10 install, I ran into a problem that I’d hit before but couldn’t remember how I’d fixed it. In an effort to overcome the no-really-I’ll-remember-what-I-did-to-fix-it-this-time problem, I figured I would document it here and potentially help someone else along the way. I installed a clean Sitecore 8.1…

3 months of Sitecore Blogging in 2015

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the complete report.

Visualizing xDB and CRM data through Power BI

Since the introduction of the Experience Database in v7.5, Sitecore has steadily been introducing more and more tools to allow you to get a better picture of the users interacting with your brand.  In a previous post, I showed a proof of concept on synchronizing data from your CRM directly into xDB.  From there, you can tailor the user’s experience based on what…

Syncing data from Dynamics CRM directly to xDB

If you’ve ever worked with the Dynamics CRM Campaign Integration module from Sitecore, you know that this will sync up Contacts in CRM with the Membership database in Sitecore.  If you have users authenticating in Sitecore with credentials from CRM, this is still the preferred form of integration.  The problem, however, is that Users in Sitecore’s membership database are not…

Using Sitecore’s Configuration Factory for Dependencies in WFFM Save Actions

The last few days, following a discussion I had with Todd Mitchell (@agenttmi) and Martin English’s (@martinrenglish) talk on CRM and xDB at SUGCON a few weeks back, I’ve been working on integrating Dynamics CRM directly with xDB, bypassing Sitecore’s CRM Connectors entirely.  However, I wanted to be a little more abstract… Well, not quite that way, but in the software…