Sitecore Docker – How to Set the License for Sitecore 9.3 containers?

Nowadays, we can run Sitecore in Docker containers so that we don’t need to use Sitecore SIF anymore – jus run docker-compose! Thanks to Sitecore Docker GitHub which made this possible! Nevertheless, you still need a Sitecore license to run Sitecore in Docker containers.

If you are reading this article because you are getting Sitecore license error – jump straight to „Setting Sitecore Licence for Sitecore 9.3.0 Docker Containers“ section.

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ASP.NET Web API 2 – Enable Sitecore Context Session State

How do I bring that big thing back into the context?

How do I bring that big thing back into the context?

ASP.NET Web API 2 is designed as a stateless Web API framework, therefore, the visitor session context is not automatically created on each web request. Normally, for a Sitecore solution, it is necessary to enable Sitecore Context session-dependent features/data in some or even most of Web API calls context.

The Solution

One of the options is to create Web API Route which would automatically enable session state for all Web API calls that are made via this route. To be clear, we are basically looking for enabling a regular ASP.NET session state in the context of ASP.NET Web API 2 calls.

The solution option which we consider in this specific case has the following implementation approach:

  1. Register a new route using ASP.NET Web API 2 – a dedicated route for the session-context-enabled Web API calls handling.
  2. Retrieve the new route’s object using a regular ASP.NET and enrich it with a request handler that creates a regular ASP.NET session state context.

The Code

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ASP.NET Web API 2 – Sitecore HTML Cache Action Filter with ETag

You do not need to write this code every time ...

You do not need to write this code every time …

Nowadays, almost every Sitecore solution needs a custom Web API endpoint implementation. One of the common web API uses cases when a front-end component needs to be dynamically rendered at the client-side (eg a browser page). However, there could be some challenging factors of the back-end implementation:

  1. The Web API response data needs to be presented in JSON format.
  2. The Web API response data is calculated based on multiple Sitecore items.
    – The data evaluation is expensive in the performance perspective so it has to be cached.
    – The data cache needs to be invalidated when the corresponding Sitecore items are changed.
  3. The data to be transferred over the network only the data has been changed, otherwise, the client-side cached version of it will be used.

The Solution

To serve the data in JSON format via Web API endpoint, it is possible to use ASP.NET Web API 2. Therefore, no significant challenges here.

To cache the data Sitecore HTML Cache can be used. Sitecore HTML Cache invalidates automatically by Sitecore (normally, on Publish). In this case, the Controller Action would need to produce the data and let Sitecore HTML Cache store it. However, it would be good to remove the cache storage responsibility from the Controller Action. In addition, it would be necessary to avoid Controller Action execution if the data already exists in the cache. Luckily,  ASP.NET Web API 2 Action Filter attributes exist that can help to do this. The Action Filter attribute has two handlers:

  • OnActionExecuting – allows accessing the current request context, including the request parameter object (s) and terminate the request with a custom response without going ahead with the Controller Action execution.
  • OnActionExecuted – allows accessing the response result in the cache.

To address the redundant data transfer between the server and the client, HTTP ETag mechanism can be used which allows producing 304 Not Modified HTTP response. Again, A SP.NET Web API 2 can help to solve this. 

HTTP ETag mechanism, including Sitecore HTML Cache, can be applied in a generic way to any controller using Action Filter attributes.

The Code

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Make Channel allocation in Sitecore 9 great again

After upgrading to Sitecore 9, our customer noticed some odd behaviour regarding channel allocation in Experience Analytics. The problem was that most of the traffic had been assigned to the „Direct“ or „Organic non-branded search“ channels. All the other channels … Weiterlesen

Sitecore Path Analyzer: how to undeploy / remove a deployed map configuration

Path Analyzer - Undeploy Map Configuration - Teaser

When creating new/custom Path Analyzer maps in Sitecore, sometimes the chosen data does not match the desired result or there is an error in the rules configuration (making them „not working“) – in such cases, it would be helpful to … Weiterlesen

Prereleases for NitroNet 2.0.0 & NitroNetSitecore 2.1.0 available now!

With extensive updates to the documentation, some small code fixes and improvements, the 2.0.0 version of NitroNet introduces also a brand-new feature called Additional Arguments which allows to be more flexible and more compatible with the handlebars templates created with Nitro by the friendly frontend engineer of your choice. Weiterlesen

Previewing component personalization conditions in Sitecore Experience Editor not working

Teaser showing a Sitecore component personalization condition preview not working

You may be working with personalization conditions on components in the Sitecore Experience Editor, and when trying to preview any of your condition rules – simply nothing changes.

Federated Authentication in Sitecore 9 using ADFS 2016

In this blog you will find out how to configure Sitecore 9 to allow federated authentication with ADFS 2016 using OpenID Connect protocol and how to map some ADFS user attributes into Sitecore user profile. Weiterlesen