Blog entries posted during 2009

Updated QuickWatchGadget

by: Allan Thræn

I just followed the few basic steps suggested by Cristian, did a bit of basic trouble-shooting and voila – an updated version of the QuickWatchGadget is ready for CMS 6 RC1 (And hopefully also for the final release). It’s an easy install – just... [ Read full article ]

29 December 2009  1 Comments


Warm up your sites

by: Allan Thræn

Stefan Schackow had a great tip at the end of his PDC session “ Microsoft ASP.NET 4 Core Runtime for Web Developers ”. A beta extension is available for IIS 7.5 that makes IIS automatically “warm up” your web sites before any visitors arrive. This... [ Read full article ]

18 November 2009  1 Comments


EPiServer Tweetup at PDC09

by: Allan Thræn

A number of EPiServer Developers are attending PDC and I am trying to arrange a social event for everybody interested in EPiServer that are attending PDC09. This means you, if you are an EPiServer employee, EPiServer Partner, EPiServer customer or... [ Read full article ]

13 November 2009  1 Comments


MappedPageProvider, Dynamic Content Plugin & Virtual Roles Pack - now on Codeplex

by: Allan Thræn

I finally found a moment to move the code for some of the more used blog posts to Codeplex, where they are being shared as open source under the LGPL License. The Mapped Page Provider , that makes it easier to create new page providers to existing... [ Read full article ]

03 November 2009  4 Comments


CMS 6: DropDownList Property Type

by: Allan Thræn

Finally, I get to make an old dream of mine (and a request I’ve heard 100000 times) come true – A DropDownList property type where you can customize the options in Admin mode. Sure, we’ve had lists before as property types (Like ‘Dynamic List’)– b... [ Read full article ]

20 October 2009  8 Comments


CMS 6: PageType Search Provider

by: Allan Thræn

Inspired by Magnus’ excellent blog post earlier today I just had to throw together a little search provider of my own. And yes, it really was as simple as he made it seem. In my little example here I wanted to make the PageTypes search-able, so I... [ Read full article ]

20 October 2009  0 Comments


Article Ratings with Dynamic Data Store

by: Allan Thræn

A classic need I’ve come across a bunch of times is people wanting to store various counters like user ratings or view counters in EPiServer CMS. Up till CMS 5 they’ve been left with a few choices: Install EPiServer Community it has both features.... [ Read full article ]

20 October 2009  3 Comments


Using OpenID With EPiServer CMS

by: Allan Thræn

OpenID is an awesome idea. Imagine, having a single sign-on from whatever provider you choose, and using that to log in to all your favorite websites. Many sites already allows you to use them as OpenID providers and many more will support /consum... [ Read full article ]

03 September 2009  5 Comments


I am virtually in the role, dude

by: Allan Thræn

UPDATE 2009-11-02: This code for this project has now been moved to CodePlex . Sometimes I wonder if anyone else knows that special feeling. The feeling you have when fingers just start itching and you know you just have to get that great idea out... [ Read full article ]

03 September 2009  4 Comments


HTTP Error 500.19 - Internal Server Error

by: Allan Thræn

A couple of times I have now run into this wonderful error after setting up a new EPiServer CMS site on a newly installed machine. However, I don’t think it’s specific to EPiServer CMS – but can occur in any asp.net application. The error message... [ Read full article ]

03 September 2009  20 Comments


Removing the Statistics tab

by: Allan Thræn

I’ve heard a couple of people complain that their editors gets confused with the old “Statistics” tab in edit-mode. And I do agree – since that statistics feature was introduced way-back a lot of new cool statistics plug-ins have seen the light of... [ Read full article ]

02 September 2009  0 Comments


Finding the right Process ID to debug

by: Allan Thræn

For some reason my vista loves to have a bunch of  webserver worker processes (w3wp.exe) running all the time, which can make it quite tricky to determine which you want to attach to, when you use Visual Studio to debug your IIS EPiServer site. So... [ Read full article ]

02 September 2009  3 Comments


Non-cached, Cross PageType, Generic Page Properties

by: Allan Thræn

There are many different ways of storing business data in EPiServer CMS. And lots of opinions on them as well. David Hunt has made an excellent blog post about some of the approaches. On top of those approaches there are also others – like using t... [ Read full article ]

04 August 2009  6 Comments


Codemania: Run EPiServer CMS in the Console

by: Allan Thræn

Back in the happy and fun filled days of EPiServer Day 2009, I was so privileged that I got to give a 1-hour talk entitled “ Codemania ” together with Mr. EPiServer himself, chief architect Magnus Stråle . At that day, most of my efforts to impres... [ Read full article ]

03 August 2009  6 Comments


Alternate WYSIWYG Editor: Ephox EditLive!

by: Allan Thræn

After seeing a rather interesting demo of Ephox’s EditLive editor I decided to try it out for a bit. Having a natural .NET skepticism to all things java, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it actually was to work with from a .NET environment. ... [ Read full article ]

30 July 2009  4 Comments


Referrer-Search Dynamic Content

by: Allan Thræn

As many of you may know, a Dynamic Content Element a day keeps the static web sites away :-)  Here’s another I just did today: Referrer-Search. Once again I find myself in personalization mode. This idea is old. In fact I remember a former company... [ Read full article ]

29 July 2009  0 Comments


Role Based Contents

by: Allan Thræn

UPDATE 2009-11-02: This code for this project has now been moved to CodePlex .   Personalization is a thing that has been a lot on my mind lately. Everybody is talking about it – many people are doing it. I feel an in-depth blog post about this... [ Read full article ]

28 July 2009  0 Comments


Trends in Web Content Management

by: Allan Thræn

After a couple of weeks of attending various web content management conferences ( GilbaneSF and Web Content in Chicago ) and talking to a lot of people more clever than I, I figured that a summarizing blog post might be in order. These are some of... [ Read full article ]

21 June 2009  4 Comments


Application is busy under initialization phase

by: Allan Thræn

A feature was introduced with SP1 to EPiServer CMS 5 R2, that I (and the product team) have gotten some mixed feedback on. The feature involves the text “Application is busy under initialization phase” to be displayed when EPiServer CMS is startin... [ Read full article ]

27 April 2009  1 Comments


Revisited: Northwind Page Provider

by: Allan Thræn

Back in august of last year I published a post with a small coding example on how to make a Page Provider for the classic Northwind Database. Since it has turned out to be quite popular as a demo for Page Providers (I guess geeks get nostalgic ove... [ Read full article ]

27 April 2009  43 Comments


EPiServer CMS Intellisense Comments

by: Allan Thræn

When we build EPiServer CMS we automatically produce a bunch of xml files with code comments (generated from Visual Studio). They are used as a foundation for the SDK texts. But you can also have them shown directly in your Visual Studio... [ Read full article ]

01 April 2009  4 Comments


Codemania: Geeky PageProviders

by: Allan Thræn

At EPiServer Day 2009 I had the pleasure of entertaining a crowded room filled with the best developer brains in the community of developers working with EPiServer CMS. As promissed, I will use a couple of blog posts on providing the code we showe... [ Read full article ]

16 March 2009  3 Comments


Output PageData as JSON

by: Allan Thræn

JSON has gained a lot of popularity recently – and with good reason, in my opinion. It’s fairly easy to work with, a lot more compact than XML and quite flexible. Especially javascript frameworks like JQuery has helped JSON win ground – and... [ Read full article ]

16 March 2009  1 Comments


Even easier single assembly modules

by: Allan Thræn

During the last year, both Dan and Johan has made some great posts showing how to fit an entire module into a single .dll file. I’ve been very fascinated by this approach. It’s so clean and nice to just be able to drop a single assembly in the bin... [ Read full article ]

25 February 2009  9 Comments


Turn your User Controls into Dynamic Content

by: Allan Thræn

UPDATE 2009-11-02: This code for this project has now been moved to CodePlex . I have just made a new version of the Dynamic Content Plugin introduced here and expanded here . This time I introduced the ability to turn your existing User Controls... [ Read full article ]

09 February 2009  7 Comments


Neat Trick: Modifying Edit Mode Tabs

by: Allan Thræn

Last week Johan Olofsson showed me a cool trick that I figured should be passed on. It’s a fun little hack that I’ve already found useful a number of times. Problem: You are annoyed with main tabs in edit mode (“View”, “Edit”, …). Maybe you want... [ Read full article ]

30 January 2009  1 Comments


Insert Flash elements in the Editor as Dynamic Content

by: Allan Thræn

Here’s just a quick little piece of Dynamic Content I threw together yesterday together with a partner. It’s for when you want editors to be able to insert flash elements directly in XHTML fields. A bit like inserting images – except that instead ... [ Read full article ]

30 January 2009  7 Comments


Automatically Load Property Types as Dynamic Content

by: Allan Thræn

Dynamic Content is cool! Really cool. However, even good things can always get better. Back in october last year I wrote about how to automatically register dynamic content by attaching an attribute (like all other plugins in EPiServer)... [ Read full article ]

26 January 2009  2 Comments


Nice shortcut: EPiServer Dev Search

by: Allan Thræn

Back in february 2007, I started a custom google search , indexing all the EPiServer related tech-sites I could find. Since then, I use it several times a day – and I’ve kept expanding it when new bloggers / sites turned up (now 30+). I can see in... [ Read full article ]

21 January 2009  2 Comments


Adding a Property to ALL Pagetypes

by: Allan Thræn

I just got a question on how to make sure that a given property existed (or was created) on all page types that the editor could use – even if new page types were to be created. As I’ve been unable to find any event that is fired when a new PageTy... [ Read full article ]

20 January 2009  3 Comments


Fun with the Mapped Page Provider

by: Allan Thræn

Here’s two more small code samples I did in less than 30 min. based on the Mapped Page Provider .   Filesystem Page Provider This provider will expose folder on the file-system as pages in EPiServer CMS 5 R2. public class FileProvider :... [ Read full article ]

20 January 2009  0 Comments


Mapped Page Provider

by: Allan Thræn

UPDATE 2009-11-02: This code for this project has now been moved to CodePlex . Until now, my favorite new feature in EPiServer CMS 5 R2 is the ability to attach custom page providers ( http://labs.episerver.com/en/Blogs/Allan/Dates/112230/8/Buildi... [ Read full article ]

20 January 2009  12 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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