I was recently doing some token replacement of field values using a processor that I was adding to the RenderField pipeline. The problem was, it wasn’t running in Glass. Debugging in Visual Studio, the pipeline was never hit. Standard Sitecore rendering of the field was fine, but Glass – nope. Continue reading “Glass, ForceRenderField, and the RenderField pipeline”
I was creating a custom segmentation rule predicate for Sitecore 9, and when I tried to create a segment using the rule, I got an error inside Sitecore’s List Manager:
Field could not be found in the model or the field is not enabled for indexing/searching
That’s kind of annoying. What caused this? Well, it was a long, painful odyssey finding out.
TL;DR – If you’re using an extension method to get a facet for your CreateContactSearchQuery method – like Sitecore do – it’s method name must match the Facet Key name.
No, I’m not kidding.
So, Sitecore 9 has the replaced xDB in MongoDB with XConnect. Fine. Our contacts will be stored there (ultimately, in SQL server). Fine too.
One question though – how do we get the Sitecore.XConnect.Contact object for the current (possibly unidentified) contact?
It used to be that you could get the Contact record from Tracker.Current.Session.Contact, but that doesn’t work any more – that gets the Sitecore.Analytics.Tracking.Contact, which isn’t the same type at the Sitecore.XConnect.Contact which is replacing it. Confused yet?
Well, to make matters worse, the Sitecore.Analytics.Tracking.Contact.ContactId may or may not match the Sitecore.XConnect.Contact.ContactId. I think.
I couldn’t find any information about how to resolve the Tracker ID to the XConnect contact. What’s a boy to do?
EDIT: Sadly, there is a better way than below. Unfortunately, it’s in a different bit of the documentation. See https://doc.sitecore.net/developers/xp/tracking-and-session/tracker/tracking-contacts/contact-facets/update-facets.html
Working with xConnect to save custom facet data, I started getting this error:
An unhandled exception of type ‘Sitecore.XConnect.Schema.XdbModelException’ occurred … The type of this instance does not correspond to any type in the model
Weirdly, the other 3 (nearly identical) facets worked just fine. Tracking down the issue was “fun”…
Recently, I’ve looked at two Sitecore sites (not written by me!) where areas of the page (<div> tags) have a background image set by inline-CSS. For example, something like this:
Which has markup like this:
Okay, what’s wrong with this? Continue reading “Use Sitecore Image Resizing even for Background-Images”
I saw this weird warning in Chrome’s DevTools while looking at a site:
OTS parsing error: invalid version tag
Uh-huh. That’s a bit strange. Unable to download fonts? What caused that?
Well, I tried going to the font’s URL – and got the ‘Page Not Found’ page! Well, that’s annoying – but a 404 page is clearly not a font.
However, this site’s error pages return HTTP 200 – so Chrome expects a font…
Make sure your error pages return a correct HTTP status code. If you don’t, it can cause problems. Normally, I find that it’s false positives on automated penetration tests, but this is a new and exciting variation.
Scott Helme has posted a number of interesting blog posts recently:
- Debunking the fallacy that paid certificates are better than free certificates, and other related nonsense
- Are EV certificates worth the paper they’re written on?
- Do SSL warranties protect you? As much as rocks keep tigers away…
I mean, he’s a bit of a LetsEncrypt fan, but equally, their certificates are as good as others, and EV Certs and SSL Warranties do seem to be sources of revenue generation, rather than offering something useful.
What I’d really like is an easy way to use LetsEncrypt with IIS; for a long time it has seemed like a second-class citizen. Or maybe scripting is just more awkward in Windows. Either way, it’d be great to have simple tooling to support automatically renewing IIS site certs.
Then we could reduced certificate lifetimes and overcome the problems of the broken revocation process in certificates.