Nicely packaged Sitecore Items

Okay, so we all love and appreciate something that has been packaged up nicely. There are some really useful features built into Sitecore package designer that can make a huge difference in the packages we create and even save us time.

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Saving & Opening Existing Packages

If you have spent time creating a package you should save it so that if you need to modify it later, you can. After you have generated and installed the package but discover you have forgotten to include something rather than go through the pain of creating a new package you can simply open the existing package. Opening a package allows you to modify the items contained in the package or add new items. This is a no-brainer. Continue reading

Handy dandy tool for sharing Sitecore instances

Often while working on projects, a team member may ask you to share your local Sitecore instance with them. Or you might even want to expose your local site to an external service for performance testing/analysis. There is a handy dandy tool that makes this really easy, ngrok. Using secure tunnels ngrok exposes local sites behind NATs and firewalls to the public internet. By connecting to the ngrok cloud service which accepts traffic on a public address and relays that traffic through to the ngrok process running on your machine and then on to the local address you specify.

There are various plans available including a free plan which supports:

  • HTTP/TCP tunnels on random URLs/ports
  • 1 online ngrok process
  • 4 tunnels/ngrok process
  • 40 connections / minute

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