Disqus Comments on Sitefinity

Things continue to be busy, but I’m doing my best to make time for this site and my various projects. At long last I FINALLY installed Disqus to manage comments for the blog and software posts

Best of all, after a few frustratingly productive hours of hacking the Disqus API, I managed to import all my Sitefinity comments into Disqus! This was actually a fun project, but man was it a pain in the ass trying to hack that poorly-documented, unfriendly API.

I have every intention of publishing my work, most likely as a module in the Sitefinity Marketplace. However, because of the time, effort, and (mostly) frustration, I might depart from tradition on this one and attach a small price on it. The project is too specific to be of use to everyone, and took way too much time that my wife would kill me if I just gave it away.

For once, I agree. No one is a bigger proponent to free and shared software than I, but every now and then, it is nice to be tangibly rewarded for one’s work, and this one is one I am really proud of.

What do you think? It’s not set in stone, and I guess I’d just like to get a feel for just how much of a demand there is for such a tool. Share your thoughts in the new Disqus comment box below!

Sitefinity Toolkit 1.1 (with support for Sitefinity 3.7 SP3)

At long last I finally found time to publish the latest version of the Sitefinity Toolkit, as of now version 1.1 with support for Sitefinity 3.7 SP1 through SP3 (it will not work with any other versions than these) on both the Standard and Community versions.

See the main page for the Sitefinity Toolkit for the download links and changelog, as the latest information for the toolkit will always be posted there.

Although I’ve tried to be thorough on this release, I honestly haven’t had the time to test it as much as I’d like, so if you encounter any issues, PLEASE email me and let me know so I can fix and release an update if necessary.

I hope you find the toolkit useful, and if you have any suggestions or comments please send them my way. The toolkit is forever free, but if you enjoy my work and wish to help support it, consider leaving a donation to my music studio fund, details on are on the sidebar.

Thanks for your patience, I’m looking forward to continuously improving the project!

Sitefinity: Easy SP Upgrades with DiffMerge

As part of the process of preparing the Sitefinity Toolkit 1.1 update for release later this weekend, I needed to upgrade my sites to the latest Sitefinity SP3 update.

For those of you who’ve done this, you know it’s MOSTLY a simple process, but can get tricky when copying the /Sitefinity folder files, because, like me, many of you probably customize or modify these files to meet your needs. Sitefinity addresses a lot of this by supporting external templates, but sometimes it’s easier to just edit the files directly.

However, this becomes a problem with every SP release because these files can get overwritten by newer versions. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to ensure that you get the latest code files without sacrificing your customizations. And best of all it’s FREE!

Sourcegear is a company specalizing in Source Control for Small to Medium sized businesses. I’ve been using their Fortress software for some time now, and have been very satisfied. And recently, I discovered that it comes with their FREE DiffMerge tool, which is also available as a separate free download.

What I love about this program is that you can point it at two FOLDERS, not just files. So all you have to do is select your site’s /Sitefinity folder and the /Sitefinity folder from the update/patch:

diffmergefolder

And when the tool runs it will show you all the files that have changed:

diffmergelist

You can then go into each file and see exactly where the files differ. You can over write your file with the patch, or keep your changes if they are still required.

diffmerge

This tool has been a HUGE time-saver, as I have done literally dozens of customizations to core Sitefinity files, and there’s no way I’m going to remember them all. makes updates easy, and more importantly, SAFE!

That’s all for today, I’ll be working over the weekend to get the SP3-compatible release of the Sitefinity Toolkit up within the next few days. Thanks to all for your continued patience!

Note, although I do use SourceGear products, I am in no way affiliated with the company, and received no compensation or incentive for writing this article.