I’m participating in Sitecore Hackathon 2020 for the second time. One of the requirement is to have sitecore 9.3 installed on your machine except for commerce . I want to share my experience how i quickly installed Sitecore 9.3 using SIA(Sitecore Install Assistant) in 20 minutes!
Note: No need install any prerequisites(includes Solr) manually, SIA will take care of it.
Download installation package (Graphical setup package XP Single) from here.
Extract the file zip file downloaded and click on Setup.exe
Install the prerequisites if needed.
Install Solr 811 by filling Port, Windows service path prefix and Install path and Install.
Note:Make sure the port number is different from earlier versions of Solr installed.
Fill out site prefix, admin password(going with b, so easy to remember) and license file path.
Fill out SQL server instance name, admin username and password.
Fill out the Solr URL, System root and Windows service name
Note:Go to Solr URL to make sure it’s running successfully.
Select optional module SXAif you need. I’m going for it, time to explore SXA! Would be nice if Horizon is listed here.
Review the summary to make sure the settings are correct.
SIA validates to make sure the files look good.
Install. This takes around 10 minutes (you can get a coffee!). If it errors out, check out the log.
Yayy!! It’s installed. Is it easy to install with SIA? It’s indeed a great tool!
Check out the release notes for what’s new in Sitecore 9.3 here
2019 is going great so far, wanted to share my contributions to the Sitecore community(Awesome!).
Presented Sitecore 9 Forms(Intermediate/Advance) in 7 SUG’s-
• April 18 2019 – SUG Bulgaria • May 4 2019 – SUG Bangalore • June 4 2019 – SUG Manchestor, NH • June 6 2019 – SUG Belarus • June 12 2019 – SUG Boston • June 25 2019 – SUG NCR(Delhi -India) • Aug 29 2019 – SUG Educador
The blog posts I have written and one of my blog post received ‘You are life saver, Thank you’ comment.
• Install Sitecore 9.1 quickly in 5 easy steps • Sitecore 9 Forms: Redirecting to formbuilder on Submit? • Sitecore 9 Forms: The required anti-forgery cookie __requestVerificationToken is not present • Sitecore license file expired? • Sitecore 9.1 Forms: Conditional Logic • Sitecore 9 Forms: Custom Control – Conditional Section • Sitecore 9 Forms: Success message • Sitecore 9 Forms: Custom Submit Action • Tips and Tricks : GIT Cherry Pick • Sitecore Certification : Exam and Review • Sitecore 9 Forms: Save Data • Sitecore 9 Forms: Custom Regex Validation • Sitecore 9 Forms: Custom Grouped dropdown • Sitecore 9 Forms: Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property ‘unobtrusive’ of undefined • XConnect: Certificate was not found • Sitecore 9 Forms: Access landing page fields in FormSubmitContext? • Sitecore 9 Forms: The date range is invalid. Please select a date range that is within the range of the list. • Sitecore Forms: Export Data to CSV shows Field Types on column header? • Sitecore Forms: Redirecting to External URL
Youtube • How to add Forms Custom Submit Actions – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE_aaFN7GvY
Experience Analytics was not working on Production environment. I checked the logs and it was throwing Certificate was not found error.
Exception: System.InvalidOperationExceptionMessage: The certificate was not found.Source: Sitecore.Xdb.Common.Webat Sitecore.Xdb.Common.Web.CertificateWebRequestHandlerModifier.Process(HttpClientHandler handler)at Sitecore.Xdb.Common.Web.CommonWebApiClient`1.CreateRequestHandler()at Sitecore.Xdb.Common.Web.CommonWebApiClient`1.CreateClient()at System.Lazy`1.CreateValue()at System.Lazy`1.LazyInitValue()at Sitecore.Xdb.Common.Web.CommonWebApiClient`1.<ExecuteAsync>d__37.MoveNext()--- End of stack trace from previous location where exception was thrown ---at System.Runtime.ExceptionServices.ExceptionDispatchInfo.Throw()at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.TaskAwaiter.HandleNonSuccessAndDebuggerNotification(Task task)at Sitecore.Xdb.Common.Web.CommonWebApiClient`1.<ExecuteGetAsync>d__32.MoveNext()--- End of stack trace from previous location where exception was thrown ---at System.Runtime.ExceptionServices.ExceptionDispatchInfo.Throw()at System.Runtime.CompilerServices.TaskAwaiter.HandleNonSuccessAndDebuggerNotification(Task task)at Sitecore.XConnect.Client.WebApi.ConfigurationWebApiClient.<Refresh>d__4.MoveNext()
My first guess was certificate would have expired, but it was valid.
Second guess was thumbprint could be wrong, but thumbprint was perfectly matching with the config value(\App_Config\AppSettings.config file , in the validateCertificateThumbprint setting).
Started wondering why it can’t find the certificate for some reason? Came to know that need to add an application setting to the web app called WEBSITE_LOAD_CERTIFICATES and the value needs to be the certificate thumbprint.
This application setting is required for the app service to load the certificate into the local certificate store of the host running the app service.
Once the setting is added and I no longer see the error in logs and the Experience Analytics started showing some number/graphs. Yay!
Hope this helps. Any questions, please leave a comment.
I came across a requirement from a client that they wanted to show Country and it’s states grouped in a dropownlist. I created a custom grouped dropdown to fit into the scenario. Since this is an extension of dropdownlist, no speak knowledge required.
Let’s get started
Step 1: Create custom dropdown list
Create a custom dropdownlist under /sitecore/system/Settings/Forms/Field Types/Lists based on Field Type(/sitecore/templates/System/Forms/Field Type) template like below
Step 2: Create a code behind class and razor view
create a code behind class like this in VS project
public class StateDropdown : DropDownListViewModel
protected override void InitItemProperties(Item item)
protected override void UpdateItemFields(Item item)
public Dictionary<string, Dictionary<string, string>> Regions()
if(string.IsNullOrEmpty(DataSource)) return new Dictionary<string, Dictionary<string, string>>();
Dictionary<string, Dictionary<string, string>> counrtyCollection = new Dictionary<string, Dictionary<string, string>>();
Item item = Context.Database.GetItem(DataSource);
var children = item.GetChildren();
foreach (Item child in children)
counrtyCollection.Add(child.Fields["Name"].Value, new Dictionary<string, string>());
foreach (Item desc in child.Children)
Create a razor view like this and build project
var regions = Model.Regions();
<label for="@Html.IdFor(m => Model.Value)" class="@Model.LabelCssClass">@Html.DisplayTextFor(t => Model.Title)</label>
<select id="@Html.IdFor(m => Model.Value)" data-trigger name="@Html.NameFor(m => Model.Value)" class="@Model.CssClass" placeholder="Select Your Work Location" data-sc-tracking="@Model.IsTrackingEnabled" data-sc-field-name="@Model.Name" @Html.GenerateUnobtrusiveValidationAttributes(m => m.Value)>
<option placeholder>Select Your Work Location</option>
@foreach (var region in regions)
<optGroup data-id="@region.Value" label="@region.Key">
@foreach (var state in region.Value)
@Html.ValidationMessageFor(m => Model.Value)
Step 3: Fill out the fields
Fill out the View Path, Model Type and Property Editor(should be Property Editor Settings/DropDown List).
you are now all set to utilize the custom dropdown list in Forms Designer. Don’t forget to publish the field!
Hope this is helpful. Any questions, please leave a comment.
Have you submitted a form and it returned with this error ‘The required anti-forgery cookie “__requestVerificationToken” is not present’? If so, here is the resolution.
This could be because of caching. Can you check if your rendering component or container/page level caching check box is checked? if so, unchecking the caching will fix the issue.
Also here is quick check you can do to see whether your form is cached – Inspect the form and check the _requestverificationtoken value like below and refresh the page – do you see same value now? if so, your form is in cache!
I’m participating in Sitecore Hackathon for the first time this year. One of the requirement is to have sitecore 9.1(Initial version) installed on your machine. So I want to share my experience how i quickly installed Sitecore 9.1 using SIF on developer machine in 5 easy steps. This post includes the prerequisites, preparation and installation.
OS: Windows 10, Windows Server 2016
Microsoft SQL Server 2017 or 2016 SP2 – Supports the XM database and is the required for the xDB
Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Sp2 – Only supports XM databases and does not support the xDB
MongoDB Server 3.6.6 – This is required if you are going to use MongoDB for the Collection database or as a Session State Provider
Sitecore XP 9.1.0 requires .NET Framework 4.7.1
Sitecore Identity server requires .NET Core Runtime 2.1.3
You must apply any available updates to the .NET Framework on every Sitecore installation
Solr 7.2.1 – Default search provider
Azure Search – supported and recommended for Azure Cloud PaaS deployments only
Lucene – Only supports content search and does not support xConnect.
Powershell 5.1 – for Installing SIF
Download installation package(XP Single) from here
Extract the zip file you just downloaded
Again extract this file – XP0 Configuration files 9.1.0 rev. 001564.zip
Copy your license.xml file (If you have enrolled for Hackathon, you should have received the file in email)
This is proctor guided exam, no book allowed. Also the exam software Senitel says you should have external web camera. It worked with in-built camera on my work computer. So don’t worry about external camera.
The exam has 50 questions and 90 minutes to complete. You can review the answers as many times as you want. I completed the exam in 30 minutes and review the answers in next 30 minutes and i still have 30 more minutes left!
Overall I got 88% score. Here is my Topic level scoring:
Architecture: 100% Creating and Editing Items: 100% Development Environment: 75% Docs and Support: 100% Installation: 100% Publishing: 100% xManagement: 100% Field Types: 83% Media: 100% Templates: 85% Versioning: 100% Presentation: 77% API: 100% Modules and Packages: 100% Performance: 100% Search: 80%
Once you complete you exam, you will receive an email from test center with score and certification pdf file. Good luck!
Sitecore Professional Developer – This examination is for Version 8.2
Sitecore Certified Platform Associate Developer – This is for Version 9.0
I came across a situation where I need to merge only couple of commits from branch(not the entire branch) and Git cherry pick does the job pretty clean. I use Git extensions IDE and context menu makes it easier.
Here are the steps:
Make sure you checkout the branch you want to merge the commits
Navigate to the commit you want to cherry pick
Right click and select cherry pick commit option
It opens a dialog with the option to choose auto commit and add commit reference. I recommend checking both of them. By default, they are not checked. Hit Cherry pick button.
Now the commit is auto committed and ready to be pushed into current branch.
Sitecore 9 form feature is awesome and simple to work with. It is more like Visual Studio Toolbox and you can drag and drop the fields.
I had a requirement from Client asking for Ajax form and wanted to show Confirmation/Success message after the form is submitted. Out of the box, this is achievable with the Form.
Here is a small guide on how to create a form with confirmation message:
1. Select Forms from Dashboard.
2. Click Create button.
3. Select blank form.
4. Drag a page for main content.
5. Drag a another page for confirmation message.
6. Design the fields according to needs. Here I’m doing Email Signup form. You can add field validation and css-class as needed.
Please make sure you have these scripts in Layout.cshtml.
I was trying to figure out what would be the best way to list out partial views based on Model type and found C# 7.0 new feature ‘Pattern matching in switch statements’ would be great fit for the scenario.
Before only string/integer can be compared, now you can compare on any type of object. Below is the example shows switch case based on Model Interface type.
case INavigationColumnItem nci:
//Take any action
case IColumnNavigationFolderItem ncfi:
//Take any action
case IHeaderLogoItem hli:
//Take any action
case IHeaderNavigationLinkItem hnli:
//Take any action
case IHeaderPhoneNumberItem hpni:
//Take any action
Checkout more cool new C# 7.0 features here. Happy coding.
I came across a scenario to implement Conditional Section for Sitecore 9.0 to hide/show fields based on user input. This feature was introduced on Sitecore 9.1(Checkout my other blog here). Since the project is in Sitecore 9.0, I decided to create a custom control using speak.
Let’s get started.
Step 1: Create form element in core DB using speak
Switch to Core DB
Go to /sitecore/client/Applications/FormsBuilder/Components/Layouts/PropertyGridForm/PageSettings/Settings
Create a template based of Form Parameters. (I couldn’t find it when i tried from Insert Template, so i duplicated the existed one- MutliLine Text. If you know, how to add Form Parameters template(not using Sitecore Rocks), please leave a comment.)
Add the FormTextBox Parameters template. Since I duplicated MultiLineText field, it came with the Details, Validation, Styling and Advanced. I feel it’s best shortcut to create quick.
Fill out FormLabel, IsLableOnTop and BindingConfiguration fields.
Repeat the fields as many as you need. Here i added one more to compare the value.
NOTE: IsLabelOnTop is unchecked for additional fields
Step 2: Create form template in Master DB
On Master DB, create a custom template under Basic/Lists/Security/Structure folders based on Field Type template(/sitecore/templates/System/Forms/Field Type). I created under Structure Section as it’s Condition Section.
Fill out Property Editor field by choosing the custom control that was created in Core DB. You can see all the fields listed shown in below screen shot.
Fields(View Path, Model Type)will be filled out after creating code behind and razor view files.
Step 3: Create model and view in Visual Studio
Create model and view in project under Helix structure
Now you should see the new form control on the elements panel. Drag and Drop to any form and fill out the Target Field and True Value fields appropriately and put any element(s) inside Conditional Section to show/hide the element(s).
Don’t forget to publish all the templates and forms!
Happy Sitecoring! Leave a comment if you have any questions.