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.…

Using MailChimp with uSkinned Newsletter Signup Form

I am currently working on a new Umbraco site for The World Organization for Positive Action. I have chosen to use a uSkinned theme as it’s a great way to quickly implement a site. One of the features of the uSkinned theme is a newsletter signup form that integrates with Campaign Monitor. The World Organization for Positive Action, however, uses MailChimp for managing their email subscribers.…

Migrating a database from Azure SQL Database to SQL Server 2008 R2

This is fairly simple, but most searches turn up info on migrating to Azure SQL Database and not to SQL Server. Besides having access to the Azure SQL Database and a SQL Server 2008 R2 instance, this requires the latest SQL Server Management Studio (I’m using SQL Server 2014 Management Studio).…

Dynamically generated XML Sitemaps with Umbraco 7

XML Sitemaps are read by search indexes to inform them of the pages to be crawled. It is a simple standard format. It is a good practice, particularly for large websites, to have an XML sitemap to help ensure that all the pages on the site are discovered by crawlers.…

My Favorite Dev Podcasts

Technology changes fast, so it is important for me as a developer to keep up with trends. As my home life has gotten busier thanks to my wonderful 1 year old daughter, I have less time outside of work hours to learn about new technology. So I need to make the most of my time.…

Site Building with Umbraco 7

This morning Heather Floyd and I are presenting "Site Building with Umbraco 7" at Code Camp NYC. The presentation is geared towards web developers (particularly ASP.NET developers) who are not yet familiar with Umbraco.…

This blog now uses Articulate for Umbraco

I have updated this site to use the Articulate blogging package for Umbraco 7. My old site was just using Umbraco with a simple Document Type for creating blog posts. I had the intention of building my own blog platform for Umbraco -- but that was before Articulate was released. Articulate was created by Umbraco HQ member Shannon Deminick.…