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Parshva Vora

Parshva Vora is a Technical Architect at Perficient since 2009 and has extensive experience building enterprise solutions, portals and software products using Microsoft technologies.

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A “Connected Consumer” turns into lifelong customers

What a week it was! I am referring to the last week spent at Sitecore Symposium North America and Annual MVP Summit that took place in Las Vegas. There was plenty to absorb with as much as seven sessions in progress at the same time. Sessions were divided into three different tracks: Product, Business and […]

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Show up-to-date content in search results with mapping

I am back to blogging after a long pause – way too modest term for more than 7 months of break. ūüôā But you know the days when you are swamped too deep into the project and don’t do anything other than breathing and work. Everyone, almost everyone, goes through it. Anyway, back to business […]

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Sitecore acquires commerceserver.net

Last week, Sitecore announced acquisition of commerceserver.net from SMITH(formerly Ascentium), a global digital agency that develops and supports it. Commerceserver.net is a continuation of Microsoft Commerce Server. Acquisition of commerceserver.net¬†complements well as it brings B2B and B2C e-commerce capabilities to Sitecore’s Customer Experience Platform(CXP). As per Sitecore press note, “Sitecore‚Äôs acquisition lays the foundation for […]

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Sitecore Wins Critic’s Choice Award for Best Enterprise CMS!

Yet another win for Sitecore! Sitecore wins Critic’s Choice Award in “Best Enterprise CMS” category after winning People’s Choice Award in the same category last month. ¬†Sitecore and winner of the last year, Adobe CQ5 which is re-branded as Experience Manager were running neck and neck for People’s Choice Award but Sitecore won it in […]

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Sitecore in Windows Azure

What is Sitecore Azure? In simple words, it is your Sitecore implementation running in Windows Azure, a popular cloud computing platform from Microsoft. Sitecore Azure provides development and deployment tools to support Sitecore CMS and DMS(Digital Marketing System) ¬†in Windows Azure. Windows Azure: As you may already know, Windows Azure services are available both as […]

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Accessing Sitecore items – A structured approach

It is very trivial to retrieve items from Sitecore content repository. Like any other CMS, Sitecore provides APIs for reading and enumerating items and item fields and there is nothing special about it. Without wasting time, let’s talk code straight away. Consider following two lines of code typically found in code behind of a SubLayout: […]

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Integrate your Salesforce.com implementation into Sitecore CMS

Gone are days when going online for an enterprise was considered a proud moment and the only purpose its public facing website served was an instant ‘brochure’ for visitors about its products and offerings. Nowadays visitors can not only browse the information but also can purchase directly on the website or show an interest into […]

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Search Engine Optimization for SharePoint 2013 Sites (Part II)

SEO features in SharePoint 2013 are bundled into a SearchEngineOptimization feature. Its feature.xml file references two element files – searchengineoptimization.xml(SEO.xml) and searchengineoptimization1.xml(SEO1.xml). SEO.xml defines¬†elements¬†that make up its UI by extending ribbon interface. It also registers few candidate web controls with AdditionalPageHead delegate control. Delegate control is a powerful mechanism to alter application behavior declaratively. One […]

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Search Engine Optimization for SharePoint 2013 Sites (Part I)

SharePoint 2013 introduces several new WCM capabilities and one of the addition is native support for SEO(Search Engine Optimization). In absence of any native support for SEO in earlier versions, developer community relied on custom solutions. However with out-of-box SEO capabilities in SharePoint 2013, now you can Configure Canonical URLs Verify site ownership with web […]

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SharePoint 2013 – Farm and App level ECTs in BCS

SharePoint 2013 introduces the concept of App level External Content Type(ECT) which allows model representing external entities to be packaged along with app in single unit so later it can be accessed by app to understand and integrate external data without outer dependencies. External Content Types(ECTs) and External List – BCS(Business Connectivity Services) is an […]

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