Adding a timer to trace Ditto mapping

I've been working on improving server response time for an Umbraco project that has complex strongly-typed view models. We are using Ditto, "the friendly view-model mapper for Umbraco", to map our content to our strongly-typed models.…

Using a custom ContentFinder in Umbraco

A while back I wrote about using Vorto, the popular multilingual property editor for Umbraco, with a custom content finder class to serve multilingual content within a single domain. In this post, I will explain how one can use a custom content finder to display a node of content in more than one location.…

Using UmbracoHelper from event handlers

Accessing IPublishedContent from a GatheringNodeData event handler is a bit tricky because the event args don't contain a reference to it, there is no reference to UmbracoHelper or an UmbracoContext object available for accessing the IPublishedContent object from the content cache. The trick is to pass an UmbracoHelper object as an extra parameter to the GatheringNodeData event handler.…

Creating an External Login Store for ASP.NET Identity for Umbraco

I recently published the Azure Table Storage External Login Store for ASP.NET Identity for Umbraco. As the name implies, it is an external login store for ASP.NET Identity for Umbraco. ASP.NET Identity for Umbraco is a package that allows the use of ASP.Net Identity to work with Umbraco members. This also means we can take advantage of OWIN middleware to external authentication using OAuth.…

My new mailing list

I have created a mailing list (using MailChimp). If you are interested in receiving updates on my activities such as publications and presentations, please sign up at http://eepurl.com/bM_9Af.…

Building multilingual sites in Umbraco with Vorto, Part 2

In my last post, I wrote about how I used Vorto and a custom ContentFinder to build a test multilingual site where each language is hosted as a subfolder on the same domain instead of separate domains. In this post I describe some modifications I’ve made to the ContentFinder implementation as well as a custom URLProvider so that internal links are correct.…

Building multilingual sites in Umbraco with Vorto

I am currently planning out how to build a multilingual site in Umbraco. The site will be in English and Spanish, with 1:1 translation for each piece of content with a language picker that will link matching content for each page. Also, for SEO purposes, this will be hosted on a single domain with sub-directories for each language (sitename.com/en and sitename.com/es) instead of separate subdomains (en.sitename.com and es.sitename.com).…

Securing Embedded Forms

A client recently asked if it is possible to embed a secure (HTTPS) donation form on their site with an IFRAME without using HTTPS on their site. My answer was it depends but it’s not a good idea. It is possible to have an IFRAME on an insecure page (loaded over HTTP) load content from a site over HTTPS. And while a form loaded from a secure (HTTPS) host will post over an encrypted connection, it is not a secure practice.…