Blog entries tagged with Tips & Tricks

DB Account gets locked out

by: Allan Thræn

I recently noticed that sometimes when I’m running CMS 6 in my development environment against SQL Server 2008 my database user account tends to get locked out every once in a while. Puzzled as to what was going on, I looked into it a little. Goog... [ Read full article ]

28 April 2010  0 Comments


Access Denied in Temp folder when importing packages

by: Allan Thræn

At a course in the great state of Pennsylvania we just came across this intriguing problem: On one installation, whenever we tried to import .episerverdata packages it would complain with an error message indicating that access was denied when... [ Read full article ]

11 February 2010  3 Comments


Attaching a Page Provider programmatically

by: Allan Thræn

Configuration vs Code – it’s a classic dilemma. Both have their ups and downs. However, I am the kind of guy that tends to prefer code over configuration (you already guessed, I’m sure). Today I got a question if it’s possible to attach a page... [ Read full article ]

26 January 2010  0 Comments


Building a Twitter Workflow

by: Allan Thræn

For a long time I’ve wanted to play more with Windows Workflow Foundation (WWF) in conjunction with EPiServer, and today I finally did  it. And luckily it turned out to be a lot less scary than I had imagined. First of all, I decided to check out ... [ Read full article ]

06 January 2010  3 Comments


Getting a Page from a Guid

by: Allan Thræn

Here’s just a quick little code-hint. Sometimes it can be handy to retrieve a pagereference or a pagedata object from a guid. And it’s easily done using the PermanentLinkMapStore. See here: PermanentPageLinkMap map = PermanentLinkMapStore.Find(Pag... [ Read full article ]

06 January 2010  2 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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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