• SPEAK Behaviors in Sitecore 8

    Posted Monday, March 23, 2015 by Charlie Turano

    This blog post is an updated version of my previous blog post on behaviors in Sitecore Speak. The previous post describes how to setup behaviors in Sitecore 7.1. Sitecore 7.5 and 8 use A newer version of Speak, and I have updated the blog post to reflect the changes. If you are interested in comparing the changes between Sitecore versions, please see my blog post Introduction to Sitecore SPEAK Behaviors.

  • A Multilingual PIA

    Posted Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Mike Shaw
    Multilingual sites are definitely essential, especially if you're doing business with people that speak different languages. But sometimes it can just be a real pain... Read more...
  • How to Stop Item Deployments in TDS

    Posted Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Charlie Turano

    Telling TDS to deploy just the files but not the items, is a common need. Setting it up is very easy just not very obvious. This post explains it all.

  • Enabling HTTPS Support in TDS

    Posted Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Charlie Turano

    A lot of people ask about leveraging a HTTPS connection between their machine and the server. This connection is fully supported, out of the box with TDS. To implement this type of connection you simply need to make sure your certificates are properly managed.

  • Setting Up Authenticated Access with TDS

    Posted Thursday, March 5, 2015 by Charlie Turano

    Every now and again TDS users want to use an authenticated connection to the server. A majority of our users use unauthenticated, but we still need to support authenticated connections. Setting up an authenticated connection is simple and only requires a few additions to your TDS .config files.

  • Context Based Datasource

    Posted Monday, February 23, 2015 by Charlie Turano

    Creating and maintaining your datasources in your content tree can be challenging. This blog post shows how to get Sitecore to help organize the datasources.

  • Manage and Sync Your TDS Roles in TDS 5.1

    Posted Tuesday, December 9, 2014 by Charlie Turano
    There are several new features included in TDS 5.1 check out my how to on Syncing and Managing your Sitecore Roles. Read more...
  • TDS 5.1 Release Notes

    Posted Monday, November 10, 2014 by Charlie Turano
    The new version of TDS is just about complete, we are about to start our public beta program. Check out the release notes to the next version. Read more...
  • Changes to SPEAK apps on the Sitecore 8 Dashboard

    Posted Thursday, October 9, 2014 by Charlie Turano

    I read this awesome blog today by NonLinear on “Adding new applications to the launch pad”. A great post on SPEAK apps in the Sitecore 8 LaunchPad, I definitely recommend for anyone wanting to add shortcuts to the LaunchPad.

    After reading, I figured I’d expand on a few differences I’ve noticed when adding LaunchPad Shortcuts in Sitecore 8 compared to doing it with previous Sitecore versions. Read more...
  • Introduction to Sitecore SPEAK Behaviors

    Posted Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by Charlie Turano
    Sitecore Speak is the new platform developers will use to make new applications in the Content Manager environment. As the new platform of choice for Sitecore desktop applications, we need to learn how to completely master its creation. This blog will review what to do when your application doesn't fully do what you want.   Read more...
  • Multiple Persona Disorder and My Symposium Presentation

    Posted Thursday, September 4, 2014 by Mike Shaw

    While working with clients on their digital marketing strategy we've noticed a lot of people couldn't figure out why some of their offerings still had such low conversion rates. They needed a way to know if the personas that they expected matched the audience groupings they had. I'll be presenting on this issue at the European Symposium, but read all about it now!


    Posted Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by Julia Gavrilova

    Julia Gavrilova from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP stops by to give us a sneak peek into her Sitecore Adaptive Print Studio that she will be presenting at both the North American and European Symposiums.

  • TDS .Item File Merging

    Posted Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Charlie Turano

    We've gotten a ton of requests about adding the ability to branch .item files through TDS. This is something we decided to tackle head on in our upcoming release. Check out a sneak peak of this awesome feature!

  • Predefined Roles and Creating Your Own

    Posted Wednesday, July 9, 2014 by Vibert Trahan

    What are the out of the box Sitecore roles, when should you make your own, and how do you do it?

  • The Admin Flag

    Posted Monday, June 16, 2014 by Vibert Trahan

    The Admin role is not meant for everyone, actually it's only meant for a select few. Let's review why you should limit who is an Admin and how you can do this routinely. 

  • New Point Release of TDS

    Posted Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by Charlie Turano

    I just released a new point release that fixed several issues that were reported to us. Read more to find out the extent of the issues. 

  • Sitecore User Group Conference 2014

    Posted Thursday, May 29, 2014 by Mike Edwards

    This month saw the first ever Sitecore User Group Conference held in Utrecht in the Netherlands. Read our blog post on what happened and learn more about our presentation on Sitecore Nirvana - Continuous Deployment.

  • Introducing Razl Scripting

    Posted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by Mike Shaw

    The new addition to Razl might seem like a small feature but it has HUGE impact. Razl scripting allows you to control when, what, and how Razl moves your Sitecore items. Giving you more flexibility than ever before. 

  • TDS Version

    Posted Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Charlie Turano

    After our successful release of TDS 5.0 some bugs have been reported. WE have fixed the bugs and released a patch. Check it out!

  • New Build for TDS 5.0!

    Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Mike Shaw
    A couple bugs were reported over the last few months. We've been able to fix the bugs and now have a stable CTP version for use. Read more...
  • Patch DataFolder configs in Sitecore SIM

    Posted Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by Charlie Turano
    Sitecore SIM is one of the most essential tools -other than TDS ;)- for Sitecore development. I use it all the time to test and confirm new functionality on a Sitecore Solution. Sean Holmesby wrote a patch that helps streamline the Sitecore install process and eliminates the need to move the Data folder if you are transposing a full Sitecore instance on your clean install. Read more...
  • Setting Up TDS to Work with Cloud Based TFS

    Posted Friday, February 21, 2014 by Charlie Turano
    There has been a recent surge of people using cloud based solutions. This allows users to host their TFS in the cloud reducing many of risks taken by internally hosting your solution. TDS 5.0 supports cloud based TFS just needs to be set up differently. Check out how to set up your solution. Read more...
  • Check Out This Razl Tip to Speed Up Merging

    Posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Charlie Turano

    I hear a lot that comparing massive trees with Razl takes awhile. Well, it does have to crawl your entire, and I mean entire, Sitecore tree to show you all the differences right down to the versioning. Sean Holmesby came up with this neat trick to help speed this up.

  • Launch Sitecore With TDS - Updated for Sitecore 7.1

    Posted Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Charlie Turano
    Sean Holmesby updated his Launch Sitecore instance with TDS to use Sitecore 7.1! Read more...
  • Hang out with Hedgehog in NL!

    Posted Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Alex Kamburov

    I'll be attending an upcoming User Group in the Netherlands. Come hang out with me!

  • Do You Use This Code Gen Tip?

    Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by Mike Shaw
    Check out this neat tip when implementing TDS Code Gen. Read more...
  • TDS 5.0 Release Notes

    Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by Charlie Turano
    We are fast approaching the release of TDS 5.0 and everyone is asking what's new in it. We've been working non stop on making this version the best it can be.  Well finally I can let everyone know all the features included in this newest update. Read more...
  • Upcoming TDS 5.0 Events

    Posted Monday, February 3, 2014 by Mike Shaw
    Check out upcoming events to see all the features in TDS 5.0! Read more...
  • What's Better Than One TDS Project?

    Posted Friday, January 31, 2014 by Charlie Turano

    TDS is designed to make the developers life easier. We do this by giving them a tool that breaks the constraints put on them. With the ability to reference other TDS projects, you now have more freedom than ever before. Check out what this new feature will allow you do to.

  • NuGet Not Included in TDS V5 :(

    Posted Monday, January 27, 2014 by Charlie Turano
    I wrote recently that we will be adding NuGet packages to TDS V5; however, we did not meet the additions for the next NuGet release and will have to wait. Find out our plan and what happened in this post. Read more...
  • Site of the Year Winners Utilize TDS

    Posted Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by Mike Shaw
    We would like to congratulate all the 2013 Site of the Year winners on a great year and great projects. This year we've noticed an increase in the amount of winners that use TDS. Check out the numbers! Read more...
  • NuGet Addition to TDS 5.0

    Posted Thursday, December 19, 2013 by Charlie Turano
    I've been working recently on TDS 5.0. One of the coolest features I've been working on is the addition of NuGet into the TDS deployment process. Check out all the details. Read more...
  • Sitecore Rocks 1.1 Integration with TDS

    Posted Friday, December 13, 2013 by Charlie Turano
    Recently, the Rocks team released Version 1.1 of Sitecore Rocks and I've been very excited to include these new features into my process. What I'm currently working on is insuring that TDS will effectively work with all of these new features. I figured I'd stop in and update you on where I am and what else needs to be done. Read more...
  • My First Sitecore Project

    Posted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Maria Karakasheva

    I'm an intern at Hedgehog and was given my first solo Sitecore development project. My job was to find a way to power the content of our office TV's through a custom Sitecore solution! This was a tough and fun project.

  • Bring Out The Razor, No Shave November Comes to an End!

    Posted Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by Mike Shaw
    As No Shave November comes to an end, check out the faces of all the Hedgehogs that participated, learn about how much we raised, and why this is important. Read more...
  • Razl V2

    Posted Friday, November 15, 2013 by Mike Shaw
    Check out the new release notes for our upcoming version of Razl! Read more...
  • Hedgehog's No Shave November

    Posted Friday, November 1, 2013 by Mike Shaw
    Hedgehog has started its very own No Shave November team to help raise money for The American Cancer Society. Read this post to find out more of the details about our drive. Read more...
  • Sitecore Users Virtual Summit - By the Numbers

    Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Mike Shaw
    Last week we held the 2013 Sitecore Users Virtual Summit. Here are some of the statistics about viewers and contributors that you might find interesting. Read more...
  • TDS now supports Visual Studio 2013!

    Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by Mike Shaw
    Visual Studio 2013 was just released have you updated yet? Read more...
  • Where Are the Sitecore User Groups?

    Posted Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Mike Shaw

    I was looking for an updated list of all Sitecore user groups, but couldn't find it so I decided to put it together myself. Check it out and let me know what I'm missing.

  • Razl History

    Posted Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Mike Shaw

    Mike Edwards recently worked on a new feature for Razl. Check it out!

  • The Best Sitecore Event of the Year

    Posted Monday, October 7, 2013 by Mike Shaw
    Welcome to the Sitecore Users Virtual Summit, the best Sitecore event of the year. The theme for this year’s summit is “Sharing-Inspiring-Connecting” something that Sitecore helps us all do. The Summit will be a full day of insightful and impactful presentations. With topics consisting of everything from Marketing presentations on DMS and Social Connected to technical presentations on Unit Testing and Building a Sheer UI application. Read more...
  • ARTSEDGE Featured in the New iOS7 Video

    Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2013 by Mike Shaw

    Hedgehog's client, The John F. Kennedy Center, was featured in the new iOS7 video. The video shows the Arts Days application, that is run by the ARTSEDGE branch, as a featured application. Learn more about the app.   

  • A look at Sitecore 7

    Posted Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Mike Shaw

    Yesterday Alex Shyba stopped by the Sitecore Virtual User Group to discuss some of the coolest and newest things included in Sitecore 7. 

  • Using TDS to Deploy to Sitecore Azure

    Posted Monday, April 22, 2013 by Charles Turano
    Deploying to a Sitecore environment safely and seamlessly can be challenging. The main reason for this is the amount of time it takes to deploy item updates. There are a number of strategies that have been developed to prevent this from being a problem in large production sites. These work well, but are beyond the scope of this post. I would like to cover a deployment process that uses the Sitecore Azure platform and TDS to seamlessly deploy a site.


  • TDS and Duplicate Items

    Posted Thursday, April 18, 2013 by Sean Kearney

    Many people request that TDS supports Duplicate Items. We have and still are very reluctant to support this feature. Sean Kearney explains why we do not want to support Duplicate Items in Sitecore, in his most recent blog. 

  • TestEntry1

    Posted Tuesday, April 9, 2013 by Charlie
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  • New Version of Team Development for Sitecore

    Posted Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by Mike Shaw

    We have released a new version of Team Development for Sitecore. This version fixes many of the issues dealing with icons that were reported. Read more for further details.

  • Working with TDS

    Posted Monday, February 25, 2013 by Mike Shaw
    Joshuwa Jenkins has been working on an ongoing blog series entitled "Working With Sitecore" in today's blog post Josh discusses his use of TDS. He goes over a lot of the key features that is included with TDS. Read more...
  • SitecoreVirtualUserGroup

    Posted Thursday, February 21, 2013 by Mike Shaw
    Check out this month's Sitecore Virtual User Group on customizing the Sitecore Page Editor. Read more...
  • Enforcing SEO Friendly URLS

    Posted Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by Elena Zlateva

    Sitecore is a very extensible and flexible CMS that allows you to implement and enforce all kinds of business rules. But just because you can, does not always mean you should. URL generation for SEO is one example of what I think should be left to the editors.

  • Sitecore Virtual User Group - Using MVC Components on Sitecore WebForms pages

    Posted Thursday, January 24, 2013 by Mike Shaw
    View the recording of January's Sitecore Virtual User Group. Read more...
  • Easy Access to the Update Installation Wizard

    Posted Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by Charles Turano

    When developing on Sitecore, using TDS, we have to install a lot of update packages. We don't use the usual package installer but the Update Installation Wizard. The only issue here is managing the numerous URLs that each project has.  We decided there needed to be an easy way to manage all the URLs and share them with your team.

  • Facebook's Big Move

    Posted Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Mike Shaw

    Facebook's new Graph Search will make it easier than ever for brands, that already market well, to reach more people and further their brand. This newly announced feature seems like a great way for brands to more easily reach new potential customers through customers that already like the brand. 

  • Integrate your Sitecore iOS project into TFS with TDS and GIT-TF

    Posted Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by Steven Striga

    After my blog last week, I got a lot of feedback asking why I would do this in a Sitecore setting. There are many reasons why I would rather use TFS than GIT, posing the question how do you continue to create efficient solutions with these problems? Well the answer is obvious. Like any good developer you make your tools do what you want them to do. See why I made a Sitecore iOS application using TFS not GIT.

  • January's .NET User Group - MongoDB

    Posted Monday, January 7, 2013 by Mike Shaw

    On January 3rd Justin Dearing stopped by the LI.NET User Group to give us a look into MongoDB. Justin is a Mongo Master with years of experience using the product. Check out his talk and Powerpoint slides.

  • Integrate your iPhone/iPad iOS project GIT with TFS – Step by Step

    Posted Thursday, January 3, 2013 by Steven Striga

    Recently, I crossed into the Apple ecosystem to write an iOS app, coming from a purely .NET background, it was a bit inconvenient to be forced to use GIT. I've heard similar complaints from a lot of people but don't worry, I am here to help minimize your pain. This post will show you how to integrate your iPhone/iPad iOS project that uses GIT with TFS.

  • Check Your TDS Version Number

    Posted Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by Mike Shaw

    One of the frequent cases we run into is that a developer doesn't know if our latest release of TDS is the same version they have installed. Checking your version number of TDS is incredibly simple, learn how.

  • Using Sitecore MVC components on WebForms pages

    Posted Friday, December 28, 2012 by Charles Turano

    One of the problems Hedgehog noticed, with Sitecore MVC, was using modules and components developed for WebForms implementation was difficult and costly in an MVC implementation. As we've been developing WebForms for years, it is essential that we solve this issue. Check out our solution.

  • December's SVUG: Implementing and Customizing Sitecore E-Commerce Services

    Posted Thursday, December 27, 2012 by Mike Shaw

    With all the hype about Sitecore E-Commerce Services and how it is helping us advance Customer Engagement. We figured what better time to get Nick Wesselman, CTO of Active Commerce, in to speak on Active Commerce and how we can use it to take back our customers.

  • Think Globally, Give Locally The Hedgehog Way

    Posted Monday, December 24, 2012 by Mike Shaw

    This year Hedgehog decided to do something different in terms of their holiday gifts. With all the devastation that has inflicted Long Island recently, we felt it was only right to give to those in need.

  • Some Last Minute Tree Decorations

    Posted Monday, December 24, 2012 by Mike Shaw

    Add a Hedgehog to your holiday with one of these do it yourself tree decorations.

  • The Sand-Aid Relief Concert

    Posted Monday, November 26, 2012 by Steven Striga

    On Sunday I went to a Hurricane Sandy Relief concert co-sponsored by Hedgehog. The event was a huge success, drawing a large crowd with great music and food, and most importantly making an impact on the relief of the hurricane victims. It was a great event to be a part of and I'm glad and thankful I went.

  • Hedgehog Has A New Product?!?

    Posted Monday, October 22, 2012 by Mike Shaw

    Hedgehog announces the debut of its newest product. Check it out inside.

  • It's finally here!

    Posted Monday, October 1, 2012 by Mike Shaw

    Team Development for Sitecore has finally been released go download it now!

  • You Haven't Missed a Thing

    Posted Thursday, September 27, 2012 by Mike Shaw

    We did an exclusive preview of TDS 4.0. Check out the recording now!

  • A Look Inside TDS 4.0

    Posted Thursday, September 13, 2012 by Mike Shaw

    After a long wait TDS 4.0 is finally slated to be released. Before it is released check out a sneak peak of all the newest and coolest features.

  • TDS 4.0 Things You Might Have Missed

    Posted Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Mike Shaw

    Are you tired of just hearing about the big three features included in TDS 4.0? Well Sean Holmesby from our Australian partner, Igloo Digital, just blogged about things you might have missed in TDS.

  • Gone Fishin'

    Posted Tuesday, August 28, 2012 by Mike Shaw

    The Hedgehog Development office is closing early today for our summer fishing trip. We will be back in the office bright and early tomorrow, making all your dreams a reality.

  • Don't miss out on tomorrow's Sitecore Virtual User Group

    Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by Mike Shaw

    Tomorrow at noon EDT Kevin Buckley will be presenting on Federated Authentication with Sitecore and the Windows Identity Foundation. This is sure to be an interesting presentation so don't miss out.

  • A Hedgehog Prototype Using Sitecore MVC - Part 3

    Posted Friday, August 10, 2012 by Charles Turano
    In the final installment of A Hedgehog Prototype Using Sitecore MVC  Charlie wraps up his analysis with views, custom pipelines, and the MVC controller. Also, Charlie has included the source code for this prototype as well. Read more...
  • A Hedgehog Prototype Using Sitecore MVC - Part 2

    Posted Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by Charles Turano
    In part 2 of the blog series, Hedgehog Prototype Using Sitecore MVC Charlie goes over his implementation and how he leveraged Sitecore's support of MVC to create his solution. Read more...
  • A Hedgehog Prototype Using Sitecore MVC

    Posted Monday, August 6, 2012 by Charles Turano

    The release of Sitecore 6.6 will tightly integrate all the functionality of MVC 3. Hedgehog set out to determine exactly how to leverage this new functionality to help us efficiently deliver the best Sitecore solutions to our clients. Hedgehog put Charles Turano on the case. In part one of this three part series, titled A Hedgehog Prototype using Sitecore MVC" Charlie sets the groudwork for how to best leverage Sitecore MVC for our clients.

  • We All Dream Big

    Posted Friday, August 3, 2012 by Mike Shaw

    Even Hedgehogs dreams, we just like to turn those dreams into a reality.

  • Sitecore MVC demo at the Sitecore Virtual User Group

    Posted Friday, August 3, 2012 by Mike Shaw

    The announcement that Sitecore 6.6 will support MVC has taken the community by storm. Everyone wants to know exactly what that means. Well, in July's Sitecore Virtual User Group David Morrison let us see exactly what the Sitecore MVC support entails....

  • Team Development for Sitecore Webinar

    Posted Thursday, August 2, 2012 by Mike Shaw

    Our Sitecore MVPs Charlie and Sean recently did a demo of TDS to all Sitecore partners. We recorded the demo to share with the world.

  • Hedgehog Opens Its First European Office

    Posted Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Mike Shaw

    On August 1st Hedgehog officially has opened its first European office, in Sofia Bulgaria.  Opening an office in Bulgaria will help us stay in contact with our clients all around the world. Read the official press release....