Blog entries posted during 2008

WikiX: Dynamic Content in Dynamic Content

by: Allan Thræn

As announced earlier we released a beta of WikiX - a Wiki for EPiServer last friday. In the next couple of days some posts will follow on the various technical aspects of it.   During the development of WikiX we came across a couple of new ways of... [ Read full article ]

22 December 2008  2 Comments

Announcement: WikiX is here!

by: Allan Thræn

We've just released a beta version of the new Wiki for EPiServer CMS, called WikiX. It started off as an EPiServer Research project a long time ago - and the first and most difficult task was actually to establish what a wiki really is - and more... [ Read full article ]

19 December 2008  4 Comments

Guest Author:"Application is busy under initialization phase"

by: Allan Thræn

Again , I've been reckless enough to lend out blog-space to a bright developer. This time it's Thomas Fritzen from the  partner, Creuna . Here is his post:   The following has been experience on EPiServer 5.1.422.269 While developing a medium size... [ Read full article ]

12 December 2008  2 Comments

EPiServer and Custom URLS using ASP.NET UrlRouting

by: Allan Thræn

Ever wanted to introduce some special URL handling in your EPiServer web sites, like browsing pages per category by calling[Category To Search for]? Well, rejoyce, cause now it's easier than ever before. Since EPiServer CMS 5 ... [ Read full article ]

19 November 2008  4 Comments

Guide: Northwind Page Provider

by: Allan Thræn

Here's yet another movie. This time I've moved one step further in movie evolution and actually created a "talkie". This is a small demo of how the Northwind Database Product Custom Page Provider I've created works. So if you're too lazy to downlo... [ Read full article ]

13 November 2008  0 Comments

Guide: Hello World Dynamic Content

by: Allan Thræn

I just had my debut as a bigshot movie director. Hollywood, here I come. Check out the guide here . Download the code here .   Also, check out some of the other cool guides on . [ Read full article ]

13 November 2008  16 Comments

LoadBalancing in 6 steps

by: Allan Thræn

Allan: Occasionally I rent out space on my blog to selected guest blogger's. Today's post is by guest blogger and esteemed colleague, Michael Knudsen.   I have tried to make a list of things that must be done to make the cache update work with... [ Read full article ]

12 November 2008  7 Comments

Going Cloudy with Azure

by: Allan Thræn

Saturday evening, when my plane was about to land in L.A. it seemed like we descented into a cloud, the last couple of hundreds feet - which was weird because the visibility above that had been clear, providing a beautiful dusk view of L.A. Whethe... [ Read full article ]

30 October 2008  4 Comments

Drag & Drop Sorting of Child Pages

by: Allan Thræn

Yet another small utility inspired by a customer. An editor came up to me and complained about the annoyance of setting sort-indexes manually to change the sort order or pages. Naturally I suggested the excellent EPiCode project ManageChildren - b... [ Read full article ]

15 October 2008  9 Comments

Auto Loading of Dynamic Content

by: Allan Thræn

One of the really cool new features in EPiServer CMS 5 R2 is in my humble opinion Dynamic Content. It brings with it a lot (!) of potential. Together with PageProviders we might have something here that could turn out to be the solution to most... [ Read full article ]

05 October 2008  1 Comments

Choosing the MasterPage through a Dynamic Property

by: Allan Thræn

Yet another answer to a question I've heard several times: "How do I make it possible for the editor to change the Master Page used for the site." It's easy to image a lot of uses for this (especially in an enterprise environment), and it's actual... [ Read full article ]

24 September 2008  0 Comments

Pimp up your search II

by: Allan Thræn

A common wish for people owning a web site search engine is to be able to directly influence the ranking - like boosting a certain page for some specific keywords. The built-in search in EPiServer CMS is very plain an d simple and doesn't seem to... [ Read full article ]

26 August 2008  4 Comments

Disabling the RightClickMenu

by: Allan Thræn

Just got a question on how to disable the right click menu (since it can be pretty annoying when developing). First of all, if you just want to momentarily disable it just hold down CTRL while right-clicking or select "Disable" from the Right Clic... [ Read full article ]

26 August 2008  1 Comments

Building your own Page Provider: Northwind

by: Allan Thræn

EPiServer CMS 5 R2 CTP is awesome! I've now finally found a few hours to play around with some of the new cool functionality and I really like what I see. In particular I've grown fond of custom page providers. It's extremely cool to be able to... [ Read full article ]

08 August 2008  6 Comments

Pimp up your search I

by: Allan Thræn

Let's face it, the EPiServer CMS built-in search isn't the best in the world. Neither is it intended to be - there are a lot of 3rd party search engines available for EPiServer that are great at what they are doing - and in general I highly... [ Read full article ]

21 July 2008  8 Comments

Fooling around with .episerverdata files

by: Allan Thræn

Another question came up today where the answer might be useful to others. Scenario: You have only edit and admin-mode access to an existing EPiServer (4 or 5) installation and you need to programmatically extract the data from some of the pages i... [ Read full article ]

09 July 2008  1 Comments

Output EPiServer Pages as PDF

by: Allan Thræn

Got a question today from a partner about how he could make a "Download this page as PDF" functionality on a customers web site. I suppose there's quite a lot of ways to do it (just as many as there are HTML -> PDF libraries out there) but I... [ Read full article ]

07 July 2008  2 Comments

#EPiCode through

by: Allan Thræn

Since the well-renowned channel #epicode has already risen to star status and is popular among EPiServer tourists and old-fashioned IRC cowboys, I've taken the liberty of adding an Ajax client right here on Labs! Enjoy! [ Read full article ]

24 June 2008  1 Comments

How to check if a Property is marked as Searchable

by: Allan Thræn

A couple of times I've been asked how to check if a property on a page is set to be Searchable. It can be very handy to know, if you are making a search engine integration - or any other kind of textual processing of EPiServer CMS content, for tha... [ Read full article ]

23 June 2008  1 Comments

Multiple Templates for a PageType

by: Allan Thræn

It looks like a Dev / Partner summit is the perfect birthplace for ideas to grow. Here is yet another idea that grew out of discussions with partners, eMVPs and other Guru's at the summit: It could be cool to have multiple renderings (templates) f... [ Read full article ]

10 June 2008  3 Comments

What a Summit!

by: Allan Thræn

So, now 3 days of learning, mingling and partying is over - and although exhausted I'm still high after attending such a great EPiServer Partner / Developer summit. It was really a pleasure to see and meet so many old and new friends, partners,... [ Read full article ]

01 June 2008  0 Comments

Quick Category Search

by: Allan Thræn

A request I often get is the ability to search through a lot of pages and list the pages that are in one or more specific categories. Imagine that you have an article library of say 60.000 articles and your editors have carefully categorized these... [ Read full article ]

08 April 2008  5 Comments

Custom Property: Category Drop Down

by: Allan Thræn

Here's a request I've heard a couple of times: A DropDownList Property Control, with content that editors / administrators can control. There's a built-in property control (AppConfigSettings), that can show a DDL, but it's based on settings in... [ Read full article ]

14 March 2008  2 Comments

Blog Template for EPiServer CMS 4

by: Allan Thræn

The old Research Team site isn't completely dead yet. It's still getting expanded with new cool freebies for EPiServer CMS 4. Just now, Ruwen and I published a set of nice Blog templates for v.4, which makes it easy to build your own blog, complet... [ Read full article ]

06 March 2008  5 Comments

When and Where to attach DataFactory Event Handlers

by: Allan Thræn

This is a classic problem with a lot of solutions: You're building a fancy plug-in for your favorite CMS (EPiServer of course), trying to fulfill your lifelong ambition to become an EPiServer MVP , when you suddenly realize that you your plugin to... [ Read full article ]

06 March 2008  3 Comments

Customizing XForms Appearance - The Easy Way

by: Allan Thræn

Yesterday I was assisting a partner in setting up a simple "Subscribe" xform on a customer web site. It was a fairly simple setup: An input-text box for the email (validating as email), and a submit button, that should store the email in the... [ Read full article ]

06 March 2008  4 Comments

Hint: The Mysterious Tilde

by: Allan Thræn

Here's a typical rookie mistake that can even puzzle experienced developers from time to time. When working with EPiServer CMS 5 you can get quite used to using the tilde character ("~") in various URL's. When you are coding against a web... [ Read full article ]

06 March 2008  2 Comments

EPiServer Pie with freshly cut MVC

by: Allan Thræn

Or how to integrate ASP.NET MVC into an existing WebForms Web Application Project.   After having studied Scott Guthrie's excellent posts on ASP.NET MVC and attended a pretty good Tech Talk at Microsoft yesterday I decided the time was right to... [ Read full article ]

21 February 2008  8 Comments

Custom Google: EPiServer Developer Search

by: Allan Thræn

Once again Google has (beta) released a cool utility based on their global search. This time it's the long-awaited custom search feature, that allows anybody to easily build their own vertical search portal, searching just the sites they find... [ Read full article ]

15 February 2008  1 Comments

Nightly Fun with 301

by: Allan Thræn

WARNING : GEEKY STUFF.   Do you ever have difficulty falling asleep at night, because your brain begins to code the moment your tired body hits the bed? Well, I do every once in a while. And then I know that I can either toss and turn all night or... [ Read full article ]

14 February 2008  3 Comments

WebResource.axd gives 404

by: Allan Thræn

My colleague, Michael Knudsen, has been struggling with a customer & partner for several hours now with an annoying problem on an EPiServer 4.62 site just moved to a production server. Finally, after browsing through half the web and getting... [ Read full article ]

23 January 2008  1 Comments

LINQ Extensions for EPiServer

by: Allan Thræn

  The topic of this post is something that in a short time has climbed very high on my personal wish-list for EPiServer. By now Christmas has both come and gone, without Santa dropping off any kind of ELINQ (nice name I thought off, eh) under my... [ Read full article ]

04 January 2008  5 Comments

Allan Thræn

About me

I am a product manager @ EPiServer, with a passion for the more geeky side of things. My technical interests are typically focused around user problems, user experience,  search, information management, artificial intelligence and  personalization

On top of this blog I have the blog Allan On Technology and I often crosspost.

DISCLAIMER: Unless otherwise stated in the posts, this blog expresses my personal opinions, experiments and views, not necessarilly the views of EPiServer AB.

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