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Laura Frese
About Laura Frese

As a Solution Architect and Kentico MVP at iMedia, Laura is truly a jack of all trades. On any given day you’ll find her working on a number of client projects, handling anything from architecture planning to data analysis, developing database driven web applications, and CMS integration. She is our in-house Kentico expert and has even built a few Kentico web parts which you can find on the Kentico Marketplace.
Take a look at Laura’s latest articles below.

March 28, 2017 
Learn how to add a custom data field into the search index and display custom data in the Kentico smart search results.
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February 20, 2017 
On a recent multisite project that included pages translated to Greek, one of our developers discovered that the Greek characters like α were being HTML encoded to α. In this blog post, I will show you how to modify the CKEditor configuration to prevent encoding of Greek characters. 
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January 09, 2017 
I recently worked on a project in Kentico 10 that required some custom module development. Some of the classes in the custom module had parent child relationships that needed to be set up programmatically. In this post I will show you how to programmatically modify the child classes so that they will synchronize with the parent. 
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December 12, 2016 
If you are running an instance of Kentico that has multiple sites on a single domain, you may run into a 500 server error if you haven't properly updated your web.config file. In this post I will show you how to update your config file to fix this issue. 
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December 07, 2016 
The improvements made to Kentico version 8 from version 7 catapulted Kentico’s performance, usability, and marketing features way past any other CMS. As you can imagine, version 10 is even more impressive with its enhancements across the board from marketing to development ease. However, upgrading from version 7 or lower to version 10 can be a daunting task if you are unfamiliar with commonly overlooked details, or if you have a lot of custom integrations. In this post I will provide you with some suggestions on upgrading Kentico, and some tips that might make the upgrade process easier.
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November 16, 2016 
Kentico has an amazing content staging feature that allows site administrators to easily transfer content and/or objects from one instance / environment to another. During development it might be useful to set up this feature locally so that you can test it when doing custom development. In this blog post, I will walk you through how to set up content staging and production sites on your local environment. 
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October 27, 2016 
In this post I provide a quick code snippet to create a custom macro that will allow you to pull all of the column / field names for a specified Kentico class. This macro comes in handy when you want to quickly specify which columns to pull in using the repeater web part. 
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October 06, 2016 
On September 30th I had the opportunity to meet with nearly 40 other Kentico enthusiasts at National Jewish Health in Denver, CO. Samantha Reeves, Aaron Hoy, and Blue Modus's Dave Condor discussed the experience that National Jewish Health has had with Kentico and how Kentico has streamlined and improved their content management and marketing abilities, which I detailed in part 1 of this review series. In this post, I will detail the talk that Kentico Technical Evangelist Bryan Soltis gave on how to optimize Kentico for performance and speed.
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October 03, 2016 
Last Friday I had the opportunity to meet with nearly 40 other Kentico enthusiasts at National Jewish Health in Denver, CO. Samantha Reeves, Aaron Hoy, and Blue Modus's Dave Condor discussed the experience that National Jewish Health has had with Kentico and how Kentico has streamlined and improved their content management and marketing abilities. Kentico Technical Evangelist Bryan Soltis also gave us an informative talk on how to optimize Kentico for performance and speed, which I detail in part 2 of this blog series.
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September 23, 2016 
Many Kentico CMS projects require some level of customization. Kentico makes it easy to customize many aspects of the CMS without having to touch a line of code. In this post I will show you how to add additional fields to the Users module so that you can customize the information associated with users as they are entered into the system.
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July 14, 2016 
In one of my previous posts, How Kentico Can Increase Your Bottom Line: Content Personalization, I discussed the benefits of using the Kentico EMS content personalization feature. In this post I will walk you through setting up content personalization on your site.
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June 20, 2016 
Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending the first Kentico Rocky Mountain User Group quarterly meeting where I met up with Kentico enthusiasts and clients from all over Colorado. The meetup was hosted at MGMA headquarters where Eric Schraufnagel, MGMA's Senior Software Engineer, discussed optimizing search results. We also learned about utilizing Kentico Draft to manage content production.
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June 13, 2016 
It is important to set up your Kentico site according to best practices. Failure to do so may cause headaches since you aren't using Kentico to it's full potential. In this post I will cover a case study that will highlight the importance of only getting the data that you need. Failure to properly filter / limit the data that is returned to repeaters can cause your site to run painfully slow, especially while you are editing.
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May 01, 2016 
Kentico provides an easy to use redirection module that allows you to have all of your redirects in one place. However, the module does not allow you to redirect to external links. In this post I provide a quick tweak to the redirect module code that will allow you to enter the full path to redirect to external sites.
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April 20, 2016 
Every time you update content on your Kentico site does it slow down and take forever to load? When you look in your Event Log is it showing numerous StartApp and EndApp events? If so, and you are running windows server 2012 R2, you may need a hotfix!
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April 06, 2016 
Have you ever thought it was odd that even though your customers are different people with different needs, they all see the same home page when they visit your site? Wouldn’t it be great if there was some way to show content depending on your customers geographical region, visited pages, or some other custom attribute or activity? Kentico has you covered with content personalization! 
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April 01, 2016 
When doing any custom development, it is important to ensure you don’t make your site vulnerable to SQL injection attacks. Fortunately, Kentico provides developers and site administrators with easy ways to protect their sites. In this post, I provide a use case scenario on creating secure filters with Kentico programmatically, or using querystrings.
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March 25, 2016 
It is common for Kentico administrators to limit the field options that editors can select from when creating a new page from a custom page type. In many cases developers need to create filters to allow users to filter by that list of options. In this post I will show you how to access the page type form field information and add it to a drop down list for filtering.
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January 28, 2016 
You may have noticed that when setting up email notification templates in Kentico you are limited to a basic toolbar, significantly limiting the styles you can add to the template. In this post I provide a quick tip on how to get the full toolbar so you can add more style to your notification emails.
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January 25, 2016 
Kentico’s reporting application is a powerful tool that provides visualization of data on website visits, user registration, document activity, and more. A report can easily be created for any data that can be queried from your Kentico or other external database, including custom table data. The reports can be saved, subscribed to, displayed on your site, and exported as Excel, CSV, or XML. In this post I will describe how to generate custom reports and use the many reporting features.
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December 03, 2015 
Infinite scroll and lazy loading are popular ways to display data on web sites. Kentico repeaters provide developers with a way to easily get data and limit the results via the web part configuration and filters. However, if there is a lot of data, developers and editors are limited to using pagination. In this post I will walk you through turning a Kentico repeater web part into an SEO friendly infinite scroll / lazy loader that defaults to pagination if JS is not enabled.
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November 16, 2015 
This year I had the opportunity to experience Kentico Connection Orlando with some of the top Kentico experts in the world. My colleagues and I joined hundreds of likeminded Kentico enthusiasts, partners, and clients to learn about the new enhancements in Kentico 9, best practices in a variety of areas, get hands on experience, and meet one-on-one with Kentico engineers and marketing experts. In the first part of this two part series I will summarize some of the important topics covered the developer track.
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October 20, 2015 
Have you ever suffered the frustration of having to re-create an accidentally deleted transformation, custom query, or document? Kentico CMS has you covered!  A potentially overlooked Kentico gem, the recycle bin allows Kentico editors and developers to recover accidentally deleted objects and pages.
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September 01, 2015 
A popular feature that many designers like to add in their Kentico CMS blogs are links allowing the user to easily navigate to the previous or next blog post. Unfortunately, there isn’t really a straightforward way describing how to do this within Kentico. In this post I will detail how you can use Kentico's Repeaters and Page Type Transformations to set up blog post previous and next links in just a few minutes!
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August 17, 2015 
Our new Social Feed Integration web part has just been added to the Kentico Marketplace. You can now pull feed from your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, show YouTube videos from your playlist, and display it all in one place on your Kentico CMS website.
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August 04, 2015 
Kentico has a plethora of features available to make creating and editing sites easier and faster. In this post I will review the macro autocomplete feature, a shortcut for inserting macros into fields & text areas, and the various places you can use macros. 
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July 21, 2015 
Working with JavaScript carousel sliders in Kentico may be challenging depending on how you are attempting to implement it.
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