Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sitecore 7: The Power Packed

Sitecore 7 is new release of Sitecore content management system. It came up with so many exciting features that when someone will go through, definitely will say Wow!!. The industry's first fully integrated search based architecture.

Out of so many power-packed features, here is the list of few.

Search Boosting: It allows content to be pushed higher in the search. Rules are provided which can be easily created in sitecore depending on business requrements. For example: If we have 100 featured results to be displayed on page, then by boosting your items can up-rank it on top.



Dynamic Data: The nice change in Data source field. It allows to write query based data source which make it fully dynamic. 



Criteria can be written in Build Query dialog box.




Search Tagging: Inbuilt tagging mechanism pulls the content in search which is tagged. It is used for fetching more accurate data. No coding, its just add tags on item and you are done.

Big Data: There is no limit on the amount of content it can store. Good thing is that high volume of data is not impacting the performance in any way.

Pluggable Search: Everyone who worked on Sitecore has used Lucene/Solr but Sitecore 7 provides flexibility to plug search of your choice. 

User Interface is fully integrated with Search, LINQ usage and latest Microsoft.Net framework support and so many features to explore.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Importing existing blog data under New blog

Welcome to the topic 'Importing existing blog's data under new blog'. Generally people write new post in existing blog but few people write blogs in category. One kind of posts under one blog and other kind of posts under other blog. For example: java-script related posts under java-script blog, ruby related issues under ruby blogs.

Sometime when there is need to generate feed for blogs it gets difficult to accumulate all blogs under one feed when you have categories the blogs.

Those who have all posts under one blog, feeds get generated easily.

Let's see how different blogs can be grouped together under one blog. These steps are written for www.blogger.com, similar kind of steps can be used for other kind of blogging sites.

1. Open blogger.com and click on the blog which you want to move to other (main) blog
2. Click on Settings tab on left
3. Click on Other tab under Settings
4. Click on 'Export blog' which is shown on top right panel
5. Clicking on it will download the xml file, download it
6. Go back to main blog in which you want to import the blog
7. Follow the steps from 1-3 and click on 'Import blog'
8. Select the xml file which is downloaded and click on 'Import blog' button
9. Select the settings as you want and blog will be imported in main blog

Screenshot1 (Settings for existing blog) :
Importing blog



















Screenshot2 (Get Imported blog and import in main blog) :

















After importing when you will open the mail blog, you will find the imported blog is also coming in Blog Archive section. Click on that blog and verify if it is imported successfully.



















All the best and keep blogging !!