Go home Core database, you’re drunk.

Recently, after pulling the latest changes from my team, my local Sitecore installation started showing every item duplicated. Not only the LaunchPad was behaving like that, but also the Content Editor.

This issue only appeared in local Sitecore installation. Azure environments (DTAP) where not reproducing this issue. What was happening?

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Applying personalization per host name

Recently, we had a requirement where we needed to personalize content based on the current host.

The requested scenario was: visitor can access the same site from different hosts. For example: pension.company.nl, insurance.company.nl, mysafety.company.nl. Based on the current host, the visitor should see a different icon and text on the page.

How did we meet this requirement?

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An example of unit testing with Sitecore

I have been studying unit testing and investigating how I can use it on Sitecore projects. One good usage I discovered (despite all the extra work now I have to setup a unit test project) is writing a code that uses Sitecore API and I can actually trust.

In this post, I give an example of how unit testing can speed up your development process and give you extra reliability on your code.

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4 things I didn’t know about Experience Editor

As a developer, I tend to not pay too much attention to certain parts of Sitecore. Some of those parts are the functionalities available on the Experience Editor. Here I share four things I recently learned about the Experience Editor.

I am currently taking the Sitecore® Web Experience Management eLearning. This eLearning is designed for content authors who want to learn about Sitecore content editing features. It is helping me to see how “normal people” use Sitecore.

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Publishing Service: Scheduled publishing

Publishing Service enables you to schedule tasks through the task scheduler. It comes with the PublishTask and PublishJobCleanUpTask default tasks. The good news is that we can create custom scheduled tasks as well.

In this post, we are going to create a scheduled publishing task which on a given Interval queues a new publish job.

The task scheduler is a service that manages the creation of tasks at startup as well as enabling the addition and execution of tasks at runtime. Publishing Service comes with some default scheduled tasks. These tasks are contained in the (PublishServiceInstallationPath)\config\sitecore\sc.publishing.tasks.xml configuration file.

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Publishing Service: BulkPublishingEnd pipeline

Sitecore Publishing Service replaces the existing Sitecore publishing methods with a faster, reliable and user-friendly solution. It reduces the amount of time spent publishing large volumes of items and provides better visual feedback to the user. It was released for Sitecore 8.2 and is also available for Sitecore 9.

In this post, I am going to write about the publishEndResultBatch pipeline. An event pipeline that Sitecore starts after Sitecore Publishing Service finishes publishing each batch of items.
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