Smart Forms for the Marketer

By Ken McAndrew, Senior Technology Consultant on Aug. 19, 2014 View Comments

smart_forms_for_marketers-1This post was originally published by the Ektron Community Blogs here.

As any of my developer brethren will tell you, I’m a big proponent of Ektron’s Smart Forms. In our world, they’re a great way to structure content, to make dictionary objects for storing things like settings, and to store more data in a defined way than is natively available in the Ektron Workarea. I like to call them a database inside the database.

But this is geared more towards marketers and decision-makers, those that use what we developers do. So you might not be familiar with what a Smart Form is or why it’s a good idea to use it. Hopefully after this, you’ll not only understand it, but if your application isn’t making use of the concept, you’ll convince your development team to look into it.

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Configuring Intranet Security Within Ektron’s CMS, Part 2

By Ken McAndrew, Senior Technology Consultant on Mar. 18, 2014 View Comments

In part one, we discussed how to determine how best to set up users in Ektron™. In this part, we’ll be diving a little deeper into intranet authentication methodologies.

How to Authenticate Intranet Users with LDAP

For one of our recent intranet clients, we were required to use LDAP for authenticating users for both front- and back-end access. LDAP had to be connected to the CMS author accounts, and we also had to account for non-LDAP users needing front-end access only. This would cause conflict between CMS author usernames and membership account usernames. Also, because membership users are not linkable to LDAP, their network passwords would not be maintainable in Ektron.

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Configuring Intranet Security Within Ektron’s CMS, Part 1

By Ken McAndrew, Senior Technology Consultant on Mar. 17, 2014 View Comments

When developing an intranet, one of the items to consider straight out of the gate is security. A content management system will help you get started, but there are still a number of things to think about. This two-part blog series will explore how to securely configure user setup with an intranet powered by Ektron™.

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Beyond the Search Bar: Using Enterprise Search to Empower Ektron Websites

By John Dymond, .NET CMS Architect on Aug. 9, 2013 View Comments

When enterprise search was added as a new feature to Ektron's CMS version 8.5, the benefits were immediately evident. Fast, accurate searches were attainable not only on your website, but also within Ektron itself. And Ektron's search functionality has gotten even better with the recent release of v9.0. Now developers have the option of using either Microsoft Search Server or Solr search as their search provider.

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