Six Shared Source Modules in June

•June 29, 2012 • Leave a Comment

This month six new modules got added to the Sitecore Shared Source Library. A module to set data source location on your sub layouts with a query, a redirect manager that keeps the rank of a page and allows you to redirect to either an item or a section on your site. There is a Windows application which gives you a better overview of those Sitecore log files, the UI test framework that Sitecore uses, an accessibility checker which checks your content against various standards and a module that allows you to super easy add a data set to a page.

The Sub layout Queryable Data source allow you to select the datasource location of the Sublayouts / Renderings with a query in place of setting it statically.

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Then after selecting your sub layout this dialog box opens and selects the layouts from the settings seen here.

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The module was contributed by Benjamin Vangansewinkel who you can find blogging here and watch the YouTube video on how to use the module here.

The Sitecore Redirect Manager module helps you to keep the rank and search rating for pages which were replaced, moved or removed from your site.

The module allows you to redirect in three ways

  • From item to item – redirect one page to another;
  • From section to item – redirect website section to one page;
  • From section to section – redirect website section to another section.
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    The module was contributed by Alexander Davyduk from Sitecore.

    The SC Log Explorer is a windows application that gives you an easy and simple overview of your Sitecore log files. I find it way easier than looking at the log files than the log viewer in the Sitecore desktop.

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    The module was contributed by Kiran Patil who you can find blogging here.

    The Sitecore .Net UI Test Framework is a tool that helps you create functional UI tests for Sitecore Products, including Sitecore Desktop and Sitecore Page Editor.

    The module was contributed by Alexey Vaschenko, one of the Sitecore QA engineers.

    The Accessibility Checker Module makes use of the Open Source Accessibility AChecker to allow editors to check their content against various accessibility standards including:

        WCAG 2.0 (A-AAA)
        BITV (Germany)
        Section 508 (US)

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    The module works in two ways, one as a Field or Item Validator, also as a live preview with errors and warning highlighted.

    The module was contributed by John Penfold, a technical pre-sales consultant for Sitecore.

    The Datasets Module is Sitecore component that allows you to create a data set very easily. Pointing to a list of Sitecore items you can select the fields that you want to show in your data set as shown in the image below.

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    The module was contributed by Paul Martin who you can find blogging here and visit the project room to download the module and read the extensive documentation on how to use and extend the module.

    Happy coding and sharing!

    Item URL Tool, Friendly Item Names, Mongo DB Data Provider,

    •June 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

    This time around we have a module that can easily find an item for you by pasting it’s URL into the content editor and reverse by getting the URL from an item. A module that automatically renames a string on a selected template to whatever you set. A data provider that allows you to use the MongoDB instead of the SQL Server with a performance benefit.

    The MongoDB DataProvider is a Data Provider for Sitecore that allows you to run a Sitecore database on MongoDB instead of SQL Server or Oracle.

    The module was contributed by Robin Hermanussen who you can find blogging here.

    In his post here he describes the benefits in performance when using MongoDB over SQL Server

    The Friendly Item Names module lets you control the names of the items that editors create.

    So after you in the module’s settings have specified which templates it should work for an entry will then auto rename a character to what you have specified.

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    So if your Danish editors use ‘ø’ in a text it will automatically get renamed to ‘oe’. You can create your own list of entries for what should be renamed into.

    The module was contributed by Morten Ljungberg who you can find blogging here.

    The Item URL Tool provides a Sitecore user the ability to quickly retrieve a URL for an item as well as the ability to search for an item by its URL.

    So be right clicking on an item you can select the URL of an item like so

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    You will be presented with this dialog box

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    Which copies the URL to your clipboard.

    It also works the other way around, so you can quickly find an item based on the URL. Simply paste the URL into the quick search and it will find the item for you.

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    The module was contributed by Tim Braga who you can find blogging about the module and other Sitecore stuff here with the rest of the gang from Velir Studios.

    Happy coding and sharing!

    Photo Album, Compare Servers, Edit Form and the Enhanced Template Builder

    •April 23, 2012 • Leave a Comment

    Since the last post we have added four cool modules to the shared source library. A photo album to create and browse through your collection of images, a module to compare the items on two different servers, a module that allows you to copy paste multiple items at the time and last a module that gives you some nice functionality when building your templates.

    The Photo Album module allows you to create your own photo album, upload photos and view albums from all users.

    You can view an image in details or view all the images in the album in a slide show.

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    The module was contributed by Vladimir Rybak.

    The purpose of the Compare Servers module is to help developers/administrators detect and help correct differences between Sitecore server environments. It is geared towards synchronizing items in a DEV or TEST environment with a PROD environment.

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    Each node in the treeview represents a comparison between the item on the Test and Prod environment and depending on the status of the item it will be represented with an icon for example if there are no differences, if the item is missing on either the local or compare database.

    The module was contributed by Paul Martin.

    The Edit Form module provides the content editors with the ability to perform multiple tasks at once such as copy, cut, and delete as you can see in the screenshot below.

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    The module was contributed by Tim Braga who you can find blogging here with a blog post describing this module in further details here.

    The Enhanced Template Builder allows the user to easily create and edit templates.

    When clicking the image button highlighted in the screenshot, a screenshot of the field type will open so you know what kind of type you are about to add to your template.

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    The buttons next to the source field will open up a query field so that you can see which results it yields.

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    You can read a more about the module in the post Tim wrote here.

    This module was also contributed by Tim Braga from Velir Studios.

    Happy coding and sharing!

    Sitecore Installer, Redirect Manager, Web part Framework and updates for modules

    •February 3, 2012 • 1 Comment

    For this round of module watch we have added two cool modules to the Shared Source Library and a number of modules got updated with features and fixes.

    The very cool Sitecore installer module enables you to install Sitecore with the modules you select by using a simple GUI. It is lightning fast as the contributor demonstrates in this YouTube video. You will have a clean installation of Sitecore up and running in no time.

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    The module was contributed by Rasmus Rasmussen who you can find blogging here.

    The Redirect Manager as the module name suggest helps you keep track of the redirect links you have for you Sitecore items. The module integrates well with the Sitecore UI and as the screenshot suggest it is pretty simple to use.

    Of the key features are automatic 301 record generation of historic links and manual record by right clicking or using the ribbon.

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    The module was contributed by Paul George who you can find blogging here.

    The Web Part Framework module got changed from a Free module to a Shared Source module. So if you want to have a look at the source code you are now able to do so.

    The Advanced System Reporter module which provides you with a long list of reports to run got updated to version 1.4.2 with some bug fixes.

    The News Mover module which was originally contributed by Sitecore legend John West was updated to version 2 by Alistair Deneys and Sean Kearney so that the module now supports multiple templates and some configurable sorting.

    You can read more John West, Alistair Deneys and Sean Kearney on their respective blogs.

    The Sitecore Powershell Console got updated to version 1.3 with a new feature so that standard fields will always be attached to items as scripted properties and a fix for the Remove-item commandlet.

    The module is being developed on by Adam Najmanowicz who you can find blogging here.

    Happy coding and sharing!

    Sitecore PowerShell Console, Analytics Database Manager, Glass Sitecore Mapper and Traffic Generator.

    •December 7, 2011 • Leave a Comment

    This time we have four new modules for the Sitecore Shared Source Library and an updated version of the Google Maps module with a list of new features. The Sitecore PowerShell Console for the Sitecore admin, the Analytics Database Manager that can help you optimize your Sitecore Analytics,the Glass Sitecore Mapper for mapping items directly onto an object model and the Traffic Generator that can help you simulate traffic for your site and show it in the Executive Dashboard.

    The Sitecore PowerShell Console module is a very cool application for the Sitecore administrator. It embeds a PowerShell Console into Sitecore and allows you to update a list of items, renaming a bunch of media library items and much more.

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    The module was contributed by Adam Najmanowicz who you can find blogging here.

    With the Analytics Database Manager you get an application that makes it easier to perform tasks as cleaning up unnecessary data from the Analytics database and remove bots among the features.

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    The Glass Sitecore Mapper is an object mapping framework which allows you to map Sitecore items onto an object model. This will allow you to unit test your code with simple .Net classes.

    The module was contributed by Mike Edwards who you can find blogging on the module here.

    The Traffic Generator can simulate network traffic for your Sitecore site so that you can emulate different scenarios for people visiting your site and following the patterns that you wish to test and goals and campaigns you wish to have triggered. This will be presented in the Executive Dashboard.

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    The Google Maps module was updated by IE to API version 3.0 and new features has been added.

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    You can read more about the new features in the latest version of the Google Maps module on the IE blog here.

    Happy coding and sharing!

    OpenCalais Integration, Alias Pattern, the 301 Redirect Module and the WeBlog 2.0 has been released.

    •October 31, 2011 • 2 Comments

    Since my last post we have added several new modules to the Sitecore Shared Source Library and WeBlog 2.0 was released after the developers working on the module visited the Copenhagen Office for the WeBlog event.

    WeBlog Event

    During the week starting Monday 17th October, the three developers who are working on the WeBlog module visited the Sitecore HQ in Copenhagen. They were here to release WeBlog 2.0, to meet Sitecore employees and to get more information on what to expect from Sitecore in the future.

    The module project was started by Mark van Aalst. He was later joined by Nick Wesselman and Alistair Deneys and they have together built a very cool blog module for Sitecore with a lot of features. For example, inline editing, Live Writer integration, WordPress import and the list goes on.

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    I think it was a great week. I had the opportunity to meet the guys in person as I usually only talk to them through email. I hope they also had a good time and found the information sharing valuable.

    To download the popular Shared Source module you can visit the WeBlog project room here.

    The OpenCalais Integration module allows you to to automatically discover semantic relations between your content, Create relevant tags in the Sitecore Taxonomy and tag your content with those by integrating the Sitecore Taxonomy Module, WeBlog Module or any Sitecore item based taxonomy seamlessly with OpenCalais service without additional development.

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    So after adding the content to your item, you simply select the auto tag item and you get this.

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    It works really well and the tags created make sense and you still have the option of fine tuning the weights and tags for the item at any time.

    Adam Najmanowicz contributed the module and you can find his blog here.

    The Alias Pattern Module supports regular expression matching for item aliasing. It stores the rules as items within Sitecore.

    After installing the module you get a folder where you store all your patterns that you are going to be using for your site.

    The 301 Redirect Module supports both exact match URLs and regular expression matching for 301 redirects. It stores these rules as items within Sitecore.

    It follows the same approach as the Alias Pattern module but links to a page instead of using an alias to point to another page.

    Chris Castle, a solution architect from Sitecore US , contributed the Alias Pattern and 301 Redirect module.

    Until next time, happy coding and sharing.

    Page Editor Help, Wildcard, Advanced Publish Dialog, Client Event Tracker and l337ing Sitec0re.

    •October 3, 2011 • 3 Comments

    This month we added five new modules to the Sitecore Shared Source Library. A module that allows you to show help videos on a topic when an editor is in the Page Editor, a module that makes it easier to work with wildcard items with the help of the Sitecore rule engine, a module to monitor the publishing jobs, a module that allows you to use the Sitecore Analytics API with JavaScript and a module that can l337 your site from a n00b level to l337 hax0r.

    The Page Editor Help module allows you to attach YouTube videos on each item in the Page Editor that could help explain a topic on the site.

    So after installing the module you get a field on your item in the help section where you can select the videos that you want to show on the item to help explain subjects on the page.

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    The module was contributed by Tim Ward from Sitecore Australia which you can find blogging here.

    The Wildcard module makes it easier to work with Sitecore wildcard items and the dynamic URLs that resolve to them. You can use the Sitecore rule engine to manage what to do with the wildcards like seen here

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    The module was contributed by Adam Conn who made a video about the module which you can find here and he is blogging about Sitecore here.

    The Advanced Publish Dialog module gives you a dialog to monitor the publishing jobs that are running with the ability to cancel them if some takes too long and seems to simply hang. Another feature of the module is extending the publish dialog so that if you are about to publish an item with sub items a dialog box will ask you if you would also like to publish the item’s sub items. A good reminder if you only think that you are publishing one item instead of many.

    The module was contributed by Ivan Sharamok who you can find blogging here with a post about this module explaining all the things it can do. He has also recorded a video showing what the module does.

    The Client Event Tracker module allows tracking client side events with Sitecore Analytics. Future plans include DMS support and extending the API.

    The module was contributed by Alexander Doroshenko who is blogging here and also about what the module can do.

    With the L33t to S1t3c0re module you can translate the text on your web site to l337 without doing any coding and configuration.

    You can in the settings set the level of L337ness you want to display on your site.

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    The module was contributed by Sitecore solution architect Rasmus Rasmussen who you can find blogging here.

    The Shared Source module Sitemap XML version 2 now supports multiple sites, thanks to a nice contribution from Michael Nguyen from Next Digital. I have seen some posts on the Shared Source forum on SDN on how to use the Sitemap XML module when you have multiple sites and now it can be set up easily in the include file and you are set to go.

    Until next time, happy coding and sharing.