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by Tom Simm
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  • SDL Web 8: Topology Manager And Setting Up Publishing

    SDL Web 8 was officially released in December 2015. In the webinars and documentation we have learned that the way the publishing infrastructure is set up has changed. Introducing: a new core module called Topology Manager.

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  • SDL Product Setup Wizard ended prematurely (Cloned Tridion Environment)

    If you ever come across an SDL Tridion Product Installation ending prematurely while installing on a Cloned Tridion machine, you may need to check two places in your Registry.

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  • To DD4T or Not to DD4T, That is the Question

    DD4T is a popular application framework choice with the SDL Tridion (soon to be SDL Web) platform. Why is it so popular, and is it right for you?

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  • SDL Web 8 highlights from the Tridion Developers Summit

    As a Tridion Certified Professional Developer, I have been eagerly anticipating the upcoming SDL Web 8 release for a while now, so I jumped at the opportunity to get a sneak peak of what is to come at the Tridion Developers Summit 2015, hosted in Amsterdam. The summit ran over two days, and ...

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  • Packaging Sitecore items to move them between environments

    Packaging items up in Sitecore is the easiest way to move things between environments. Often, there's an issue on a server that someone else is testing on, that has a bug related to the content on that server. Instead of creating the content yourself on your local or development server, it's much ...

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  • Don't be scared of Grunt!

    At Building Blocks, we instill continual improvement in everything we do. A large part of this ethos is about mastering the latest technology, to ensure we're providing the optimum solutions for our clients.   As part of the Front End team, one such technology that we've fully embraced is Grunt. ...

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  • The Curse of the Carousel

    As developers, we sometimes get asked to build something for a site that makes us shudder and immediately think, " Why? What benefit will this bring to the site?"

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  • How to turn Sitecore 8 aliases into redirects

    Redirects are a  common feature that our clients request for many reasons, such as their URL structure changing or SEO requirements. Redirects are extremely handy to have, and even better when a non-technical user can create them without having to rely on IIS modifications.

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  • Top tips from the UpFront Conf that we implemented straight away!

    Me and my fellow BB Front-End Developer, Andy Blackledge, recently attended UpFront Conf 2015 – a new conference for the Front End community held here in Manchester.

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  • Creating a Custom Sitecore Field Validator in Twenty Minutes

    Whilst working on a number of Sitecore projects recently, I discovered that while there are a lot of articles published about the various aspects of the CMS, little has been written about creating a validator, so I thought I’d document what I did to help others in the future.

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  • Sitecore Technical User Group - London, March 2015

    Back in February, an invite for the first Sitecore Technical User Groups of 2015 dropped into my inbox. Although the Bristol and London locations were pretty far from the Building Blocks office here in Manchester, as soon as I spotted 'Sitecore on Azure: A real life example' on the agenda, I booked ...

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  • Tridion & MVC, but not as we know it!

    On a recent project, I was asked to undertake a different approach to implementing a website in SDL Tridion using MVC. The application approach is similar to CWA, popular before the arrival of DD4T.

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