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Saving Images for the Web in Photoshop

Recently we ran into a problem where we had uploaded some images and they were using CMYK – which will not work on some browsers and can result in images not being shown or displaying as broken. To avoid this you can easily save your images in a format that is more ideal for the web (RGB). To do this in Photoshop (CS4 shown, it’s similar for other versions) just do the following: 1. Open your original file, adjust according to your needs. 2. When ready, click File -> Save for Web and Devices 3. When that comes up, make sure the checkbox to convert to sRGB is checked and it is in the format you desire (small note: PNG files will not work properly in IE6). 4. Click Save! You now have an image that will work properly!

A Simple Site Map

Similar to creating a menu – creating a site map is even easier, there are modules that can do this but with a little preparation it can be very easy to create yourself. To start we are assuming every template used for the pages includes some ‘base template’ for common aspects for all pages. To do this, create (or select if already created) the Base Template with the information you want to have and to that base template, add: InSiteMap: Checkbox Then create or modify the Page templates with the other information you want. From those templates, click to the Content tab, and select the Base template to be included: In the Standard values for the base template, you may want to have InSiteMap checked so that it will be on by default for all the pages. For the sitemap itself, we’re going to create a rendering and then we can place it wherever we would like. The rendering creates a basic nested list of all the items that have InSiteMap checked. < xsl:template match = " * &q

External and Internal Links as Items

I ran into a problem creating the navigation for the footer rendering on a page – On there I needed to have links to the following pages: terms, contact, careers, and the sitemap. The problem arose when trying to add ‘Contact’ and ‘Careers’: ‘Contact’ was a few levels down in the tree of content items and ‘Careers’ was an external page. Initially, I had a checkbox in the template of each page for if the item was in the footer (ie: InFooterNav checked) and then the XSLT file would go through the entire list of items to find what would be in the footer navigation. It wasn’t an ideal solution when so few items had the tag in the entire site and it did not help with my external link at all. Thus was born: The Link Template! The new template basically consisted of: Link Data: Link: General Link //This is the link to our item or the URL for the external page Nav Title: Single Line Text //The title we want to have displayed in our menu – this is the same as in my regular items Target:

A Simple Single Level Menu with Rounded Edges

After taking some time to figure this out, I thought I’d share my approach to a simple single level menu rendering with rounded edges. Initially, the idea here is very straight forward – create a list, style it, voila! Unfortunately, Round edges and dynamic content make it a little less forgiving. Here is an Example of what we are trying to achieve: Each of these items would be a sub item in the site, all at the same level  under ‘/Sitecore/Content/Site’ In our XSLT  rendering we need to grab the list, and apply the appropriate styles to the appropriate items, notably: The first item needs to have a round corner on the left, the Last item needs to have a round corner on the right, and the inner items need to have borders around them all – and we need to be able to Hover for a different effect. To do this I did the following: < xsl:template match = " * " mode = " main " > < ul id = " MainNav " > < xsl:for-each select = " $Sit

Web Forms for Marketers: Send Email

To have the save action for your form actually send email, you will need to change one of the settings, otherwise you will receive this error whenever submitting the form: We experience a technical difficulty while processing your request. Your data may not have been correctly saved. Also in your log (/data/logs/newest log file) you will see this error after the form has been submitted: Exception: System.Net.WebException Message: The remote name could not be resolved: '' Source: System at System.Net.ServicePoint.GetConnection(PooledStream PooledStream, Object owner, Boolean async, IPAddress& address, Socket& abortSocket, Socket& abortSocket6, Int32 timeout) at System.Net.PooledStream.Activate(Object owningObject, Boolean async, Int32 timeout, GeneralAsyncDelegate asyncCallback) at System.Net.PooledStream.Activate(Object owningObject, GeneralAsyncDelegate asyncCallback) at System.Net.ConnectionPool.GetConnection(Object owningObject, GeneralA

Hello World!

I’ve been itching to get this going for some time now, and decided to simply take the plunge!  I’ll be initially importing my previous posts from the Arke Systems Blog and then should have some more new tidbits shortly after. I am somewhat new to the blogging world (and newly certified with Sitecore ) and my hope is that this can eventually become a handy resource for others getting started with our favorite CMS! Initially there was a lot of struggle for me to find out basic information on how to do seemingly simple things (training really is the best way to go), so I’ll be posting a lot of small tips as I go along, and if I gloss over anything – comment! One thing I'm really hoping for from this blog is some feedback – so please, comment and let me know where things can be improved or if this was useful at all – or if you’d like me to post about a particular topic. Looking forward to the future!