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Sitecore Lucene Search Index

Sitecore has been using Lucene search since version 5, which used the Sitecore.Data.Indexing namespace and Sitecore -> Indexes section in the Web.Config. Starting in Sitecore 6.4, they introduced a new Search namespace – Sitecore.Search, this uses the Sitecore -> Search -> Configuration -> Indexes section in Web.Config. From what I know, Sitecore recommends using the [...]


Getting Your Site to Play Well With All Browsers

A customer is visiting your e-commerce Web site. She’s decided to do more online shopping this holiday season to save on gasoline and find the lowest prices. She’s using a Mac running Safari, but your site is optimized for Internet Explorer (IE) 7 and your development budget is mainly focused on preparing for IE 8. She selects a few products and heads for the shopping cart, but the “checkout” button isn’t available. Frustrated, she’s off to another site. You’ve lost the sale.

IT managers are now working feverishly to avoid this type of incident, which underscores a current fact of life for Web site designers, Web application developers and your entire IT department: Web pages can look and perform differently from one browser to another.


Intro to Sitecore

Unlike many content management systems which maintain content in a haphazard manner, Sitecore maintains data in a structured content tree.

Data is represented as items. These items of different types are combined in a tree structure such that an item can have a parent and child items.

Templates are like Object Oriented Classes. A template contains fields that contain the actual content for an item. An item is an instance of a template just as an Object is an instance of a class. A template can have a “Master” which is used to create an item of a template. A master plays the same role as an Object Oriented Constructor. Masters can be configured to specify default values for fields and can specify sub-items that should be created when an item is first created. Templates can be based on other templates and inherit their fields, much like Object Oriented inheritance.