EPiServer Archive

Visual aid for finding page usages directly in EPiServer edit mode page tree extending node tooltips

Recently, I have found myself wanting to know what pages are referencing certain other pages, or sub pages for that matter, while surfing around in the EPiServer edit mode. Having worked with control adapters to extend built-in EPiServer functionality quite a lot lately, I decided to create a simple one that would make my life easier. Code at GitHub as usual. There is really nothing …

Think things through, or: Simple way to 404 Not Found instead of EPiServer login screen for unpublished pages

I spent some time today attempting to make visitors land on a custom 404 Not Found error page when surfing to EPiServer pages that are no longer published; i.e. pages where the StopPublish date has passed (click here to skip my rant and go directly to the solution). The behaviour that we were experiencing on our site was an automatic redirect to EPiServer’s /Util/login.aspx with …

Revisited and improved: PageType based filtering of EPiServer’s EditMode PageTree

Some time ago I developed a small plug-in to EPiServer‘s edit mode page tree, allowing web editors to filter its pages based on all available page types. I decided to spend this weekend in the sun on my balcony with my laptop extending the functionality a great deal. The code is as usual available over at GitHub, and also as a NuGet package in the …

Being friends with the PropertyControlClassFactory, or: 101 ways to change EPiServer built-in property appearances

As I have been playing around with using ControlAdapters to change the rendering of built-in EPiServer properties lately, I got curious on what else I could possible do to modify them. As it turns out, the EPiServer PropertyControlClassFactory is a great ally in doing this. Hence, this post mostly revolves around different ways of getting it to do what you want. The example source code …

The <EPiServer:Property .. /> just for fun, what output really gets generated for those PageData Property Members?

I created a few test page types along with some templates and EPiServer pages in order to test outputs from <EPiServer:Property .. />. The HTML comments are not part of the output, obviously, and I cleaned away attributes such as ids, inline styles and CSS classes. Furthermore, I chose to be blind to how useful outputting some of these properties like this really is; you …

How to embed EPiServer resources such as GuiPlugIns and Pages together with Images, JavaScripts and Stylesheets in droppable assembly binaries

Recently I got slapped back into reality receiving a Twitter message from my collegue Patrik Akselsson in which he kindly asked me to hand him a GitHub link to the code from one of my blog posts. Being long overdue uploading my code into a public repository and constructing NuGet packages for my EPiServer features, I decided to do so for all my relevant posts. …

Supplying EPiServer scheduled jobs with parameters through Admin Mode

I have always missed a way of supplying arbitrary input parameters to EPiServer scheduled jobs through the Admin Mode scheduled job interface. As Stefan Forsberg laughingly pointed out to me when I told him about my POC for this functionality (something in the lines of “Oh, I see you have found yourself a hammer.”), I seem to have found a way of using control adapters …

Allowing web editors to apply PageType based filtering on the EPiServer edit mode PageTree

When you have an EPiServer installation containing thousands of different pages built up by far-too-many page types, locating pages of just one of them may turn out to be just a little too time consuming. Since I have grown to like the adaptive control approach more and more lately, I decided to create a filtering mechanism for cleaning out dead ends in the EPiServer page …

Making the EPiServer scheduler run your Windows PowerShell scripts

Some time ago I wrote a post about retrieving and updating the MaxMind GeoIP database using Windows PowerShell scripts, and suggested the possibility to have the Windows Task Scheduler automating the process. Mostly for my own amusement, I decided to have a go at making the EPiServer scheduler do the work as well; perhaps there would also be scenarios when web administrators would need to …

GeoIP database update in multiple webserver environment using Windows PowerShell scripting

The MaxMind GeoIP database (shipped with EPiServer Framework) is rather useful when wanting to show geographically specific information to visitors as they surf around the site. Since mapping the correct requests to the proper regions may be rather important generating value, the need of having a fresh database copy quickly comes into focus. Manually updating the database is of course not at all complicated; it …

Programmatically created pages getting wrong master language in migrated EPiServer environment

I ran in to a problem with my migrated EPiServer 4 website when creating new pages programmatically. The old site was using English as the master language, but my new one would be all in Swedish. I had used the version of the Advanced Language Manipulation Tool that Mari Jørgensen updated to convert my pages, as well as the SQL provided by Dane Richards (comment …

Changing default values on built-in EPiServer properties

A client was using CurrentPage.Changed.ToShortDateString() for displaying a Last updated date in the inner footer of their pages. They often, however, forgot to select the Mark page as changed-checkbox on the Settings tab, and asked me if it was possible to have it selected by default. Here is a simple way to do it. Global.asax.cs In your Global.asax.cs file, add an event handler to the …

Must select Show data for all pages checkbox in Edit mode to find submitted EPiServer XForms Form Data

I noticed a problem with a customer’s XForm earlier; no matter how many times I posted data, I was not able to find it through the Edit mode Form Data-tab. It was not until I marked the checkbox Show data for all pages that I got any hits. The XForm data exist in a table called tblXFormData in the EPiServer database. Checking the content of …

EPiServer Indexing Service unable to find index or segments exceptions

I got two exceptions today trying to use an EPiServer SearchDataSource in order to find files in the VPP directories. Not rocket science solving them, but I thought that I would make a short post anyway hoping it might make somebody’s life easier. System.IO.IOException: \\server\VPP\Global\index not a directory The first exception occured as my VPP folders did not yet contain index directories. The EPiServer Indexing …

Allowing web administrators to dynamically update EPiServer language files

When working with EPiServer sites, a not all that uncommon type of support case is the need to change text on a page which is not editable through the Edit mode. Quite often, this text is located in language files on the web server, and it may be rather tiresome for web editors having to send change requests to the support or development team just …

Simple handling of legacy URLs to an EPiServer 4 site migrated to a later version

When a customer wants to move their site from version 4 of the EPiServer platform to a later one, the URLs will change. It is very likely that so will the ids for the migrated pages. Here is a simple method for retaining functioning bookmarks, unbroken links from other websites, keeping RSS readers happy, while at the same time feeding search engines 301 – Permanently …

Removing empty fields from EPiServer XForm e-mails

A customer asked me to see what I could do for their XForm order notification e-mails today. Apparently the department handling their incoming orders was receiving really long e-mails with loads of superfluous information; this as every field in the XForm was being submitted to them, and not just the ones containing data. This is the default behaviour of the XForm functionality, which of course …