Sitecore project templates for Visual Studio (updated)

I guess that I am not only one, who was really annoyed during creation empty solution for Sitecore development project.

It is not so much complicated – but many steps to do.  Create solution, create web project, create TDS project, configure code generation, configure nuget packages, refer proper versions of nuget packages and many others, cook cup of cofee.

Visual Studio furtunately provides way how to automate that and create complete Sitecore solution by one click.

On github, you can find my repository https://github.com/Tragedie-v-JZD/Sitecore.Projects, containing  source files required to build own VSIX extension with Sitecore project templates (Visual Studio SDK must be installed).

And because building of VSIX is not so straightforward solution of problem from beginnig of post, I have also precompiled final VSIX  available for you.

UPDATE 15th December: Added support for creation of SC 9.0 initial release projects.

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Sitecore and cloud – Iaas, PaaS (Part III)

In previous step we dowloaded and prepared everything we needed for installation, and now we can deep into installatin scripts and execute our installation.

In this article, we will prepare deployment script and deployment parameters, and finally we trigger deployment into Azure.

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Sitecore and cloud – Iaas, PaaS (Part II)

In previous article, I covered some basic stuff related to Sitecore and PaaS topic. And as promised, now we will deep into installing Sitecore 9.0 into Azure. At first step, we will focus on installation requirements.

Installation will be covered from very beginning steps in manual mode (so, we will not use prepared images available on Azure marketplace), which allows us to customize our sitecore installation.

As second solution, there are prepared Sitecore images in Azure Marketplace, which are ready for “few click” installation.

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Sitecore and cloud – Iaas, PaaS (Part I)

Cloud, Azure, Amazon (and other cloud providers) … words we can hear again and again. Who is not in cloud cannot publish fancy PRs about “Hey, we are in the cloud! We are cool!”.

Sitecore cannot stay out of this, and also provides support for Azure for last 5 years. And we will look into that in few articles.

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How to install Solr as a Windows Service

With the latest release of Sitecore 9, there is the need to have Solr running also for a single server installation. This is largely thanks to the new xConnect layer that uses either Solr or Azure Search. If you find yourself in the need to install Solr on Windows and run it as a service, let me share with you some of my learnings from this journey. Continue reading How to install Solr as a Windows Service

Sitecore 9 highlights from a digital strategist perspective

It was a long and intensive week in Las Vegas at the Sitecore Symposium and MVP Summit. Great announcements were made and version 9.0 of Sitecore was introduced. I had the opportunity as well the opportunity to discuss further details with other MVPs and Sitecore folks. So here are some of the points I find important for anyone deciding for the future with Sitecore. Continue reading Sitecore 9 highlights from a digital strategist perspective