Anti-Pattern: Don't modify Optimizely CMS (Episerver) content objects in the Controller
Using your content object (CurrentPage / CurrentBlock) as a makeshift viewmodel where you change settings or extend it with user data in the controller before passing it to the view, is unfortunately (and to my surprise) a pretty wide-spread practice among developers implementing Optimizely (Episerver) web sites. But it really needs to stop.
Optimizely (Episerver): Split folder structure for blocks and media
Since version 7 or 8 of Episerver (now Optimizely CMS), the shared Blocks and Media have been sharing the same folder structure. Some people see a benefit with the shared structure, and some absolutely hate it. Personally, I have gotten used to it - but I was recently asked if it's possible to split it up. Here's the hack I came up with.
Optimizely Gridview Customizations
One of my favorite add-ons these days is the GridView. It's pretty customizable, but some of the customizations aren't the most well documented. Here's a couple of tricks I've found handy when using it.
Editor Hack: Add simple password protection to some content (code free)
As much as I love coding, sometimes a quick editorial solution can be needed to solve a pressing market need without time for development, test and deployment. This was one of those times.
New Project: Optimizely (Episerver) Health Checker
Wouldn't it be nice if there was just one place you could go and get an instant overview of the health of your Optimizely (Episerver) installation? With checks that are both technical, functional, business and covers product, addons and implementation? Here it is. Or at least the start of something that could be very useful.
Overriding and Extending Episerver Dojo Functionality
This is a small guide on how you can easily change or extend any of the Episerver dojo modules.
Using TwentyThree video service with Episerver
Videos and well executed webinars are key tools in achieving a higher engagement and conversion rate from your visitors and customers. TwentyThree is a powerful video hub and webinar service. I was lucky enough to get an account and access to their API and that escalated quickly into a prototype integration into Episerver.
Profile Store KQL Cheat Sheet
With KQL support in the Rest API for Episerver profile store we have been given a powerful tool to query against the tracked profiles. In this post I share a collection of cool and useful queries you can use.
Adhering to Consent with Cookie Information for Episerver
In the EU the past year has added even more rules and regulations to which cookies can be set, which data can be collected and which consents are needed for it. While it may not be tricky to add a basic consent box, adding one that adhere to all the proper legislation and then follow the consents given can be a bit more challenging. In this post I take a deep dive into how Cookie Information's solution together with their Connector for Episerver can make it easier - and faster to accomplish.
Linking to a specific text fragment on another page in Episerver
Chrome 80 introduced a new cool feature that you may or may not have noticed in your google search results. You can now link directly to a text fragment on a page, and Chrome (along with a few other browsers) will then scroll to it and highlight it. Perfect for ultra deep linking and search results. I took the standard Alloy site and put it to the test.