Friday, July 11, 2014

Downloading and Installing

So first step, went Kentico and clicked on Download and Demo then went to the free edition page.  I saw the feature chart showing what each version has and a clear list of the price.  I filled in my info and was able to download the software.

After download I chose custom install.  The first step is Installation Type.  This dialog is not very intuitive it list target location with 3 radio buttons followed by a dropdown that says website. You can only choose websites that already exist in IIS you cannot create your own.  This means if you want to install Kentico in a new IIS Website then you will need to create it first.

Possible Improvement: If Kentico is being installed in an environment with IIS7+ it is possible to create the website for them using Microsoft.Web.Administration.  If you require assistance we can provide a QuickStart sample.
The rest of the dialog is straight forward I keep it .NET 4.0  but choose a Web Application Project and click  next.  Database panel is straight forward.

Possible Improvement: I notice that only SQL Server is supported.  Is this because I am using the its the Free Edition or do you support Oracle, or No-SQL?

Components page again is straight forward as is the sample sites page.  I installed all the samples. I clicked Install.

So now we are installed and the link on the install page works to get to the site.  Its prompting for a license. Now to find how to get a license.  Actually it was quite easy to generate a license and apply it.

In the next article we will start building out the site.  Until then if you have any questions, comments or just want to say hi email us at

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Welcome to the Kentico Guild

Welcome to the Kentico Guild.

Kentico Guild is a brand new part of TechGuilds.  This blog is designed to contain various Tips and Tricks to help you with your Kentico development projects.

TechGuilds are Kentico Virgins in a sense as we have never used it before only heard good things about it from clients.  I find that the best way for me to learn a technology is to dive right in and explore so I have downloaded a Free Edition from Kentico and will attempt to build a site using just the Portal Engine.  As we run into issues or have tips for both you the developer and Kentico itself we will be posting them here on this blog.  Hopefully this will help you with some of projects you are working on and improve Kentico as a platform..

If you know any Tips, Tricks or resources for Kentico let us know and we can add them to this blog. Please email them to and we will post them.

You can also register at Read Watch Create and we will reach out to discuss your needs.