Umbraco CMS - August 2014

Fastest way to return JSON result from a controller

Resturn JSON in MVC controller action
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Recently I had to develop a form on a page which loads secondary dropdown list items based on selection in a primary dropdown list. Because secondary list items are basically children elements of the one selected in primary I just had to run through all children and just return text-value pair object to JavaScript to populate secondary dropdown list. ... read more

Best practice tips for large scale Umbraco websites

Experience based tips for building large and complex websites in Umbraco
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Umbraco is a great CMS, it simple, easily extendible and most important it is free. However, it is not build for large scale websites, since presentation and back-end are on the same machine and all published content is stored in AppData/umbraco.config file. This is good because it can be easily cached and database read is reduced ... read more

Automatic property population when node created

Pre-populate properties right after node is created
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For pretty much every website I built in Umbraco, there is some sort of title property for page document type. Either it is a title for navigation in breadcrumbs or menu or main h1 page title. Usually some of these properties need to be mandatory and in most cases they are the same as the name of the node in content, but still, you have to keep ability to override the value with these properties. ... read more