Can you be my friend, Robbie?

Last week, Bas Lijten and I presented at the Sitecore Symposium 2017 in Las Vegas about our ‘Futuristic Showcase of the Omni-channel Capabilities of Sitecore XP’. We have shown the audience the power of Sitecore’s omni-channel marketing capabilities and what you can do with adding Microsoft Cognitive Services and Internet-of-Things into the game! We did …

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Azure templates update

Since we’re using ARM style provisioning and Sitecore deployments for a while now at Colours, it’s time for an update. First of all, because there were some changes per Sitecore 8.2 Update 3, and secondly, because we have improved our scripts and want to share a few learnings. Check out the new scripts and templates …

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Blue Green Sitecore Deployments on Azure

In my blog post and talks early december, I gave an extensive introduction on deploying and hosting your Sitecore solution on Azure Web Apps; right after the release of Sitecore 8.2 Update 1, which was the first Sitecore version to support Web Apps. Since then, a lot happened. Not only Sitecore released both Update 2 and …

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The Staging slot EventQueue issue

Say what? Having the possibility of using staging slots when moving from on premises to the Cloud was one of the most promising and convenient improvements that could enhance the stability and uptime of our applications. Very exciting! But soon we ran into an issue, both with Cloud Services as with Web Apps: Where we could replicate …

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Saving costs by scaling down

Most of us who already experimented with Sitecore 8.2 Update 1 running on Web Apps have noticed that the default provisioning consumes quite some Azure credits. A bit too much maybe, at least for Research & Development purposes. So, to save some costs, I started looking into downscaling options. Of course, you can simply provision a CM-only …

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Sitecore 8.2-1 on Azure Web Apps

Following my blog post on Azure right after the Sitecore Symposium, I now finally can share the actual provisioning of a Sitecore deployment running on Azure Web Apps! Earlier this week, Sitecore released its new version 8.2 Update 1, which contains a lot of fresh Sitecore & Azure goodness (maybe even more than the Initial …

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One-click deploy Sitecore

Recently I got the opportunity to set up a clean Sitecore environment for a new project. I love greenfield solutions. Not because I’m not able to build maintainable code, but because I can innovate quicker: I try to make significant steps pn each new project, improving the baseline of our development process. A re-invented mascot …

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Sitecore Azure

Sitecore hosting and deployments in Azure PaaS As promised I have made a webinar-like recording of my SUGCON talk about Sitecore Azure. It may not be the same experience as it was at the conference (I’m better at presenting to a live audience), and I do not have a fancy recording booth, so the quality isn’t …

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Setting up content staging

Some time ago Sitecore offered the staging module, but since 6.3 it isn’t available anymore. Recently, one of our clients asked for such functionality and I thought we could easily provide this by simply adding a publishing target. In general, this proved to be true and the solution works great, but there are some things you should know …

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