This article shows how to automate scaling of Azure resources. I'm using this myself to save money by scaling down test- and development environments on nights and weekends, when they are not used anyway. I'm using Azure Automation and Powershell Runbooks for these tasks.1. Create an Automation accountStart by creating an Azure Automation account. Select "Create Azure … Continue reading Use Azure Automation to scale you Azure resources.
The Image point editor for Optimizely/Episerver CMS can be used together with the Picture helpers in PictureRenderer.Optimizely or ImageProcessor.Web.Episerver to control the cropping of images. If showing the same image in different height and width on your site, you might want to control how the image is cropped. Let's say you are showing super cool, … Continue reading Control the cropping of your images with a focal point
Earlier this year i wrote about a solution for optimizing the images on your Episerver site. Since then, that solution has been included in the ImageProcessor.Web.Episerver nuget package. With the Picture html helper included in the nuget it's easy to optimize the images in size, quality, and file size. Images will be responsive, and can be … Continue reading A dead-easy way to optimize the images on your Episerver site.
In today’s e-commerce world, with high demanding customers and fear of the mighty Amazon, where should the e-commerce manager get a foothold? This article is aimed for companies doing e-commerce today -companies who need to change focus to be more digital and prioritize e-business for growth or business transformation, like markets moving online or going global. … Continue reading Survival tips for an e-commerce manager!
Optimizing the file size for the images on a site can really improve page load time. This article shows how you can use ImageProcessor to minimize the size of your images. UPDATE: The Picture Html helper described below is now included in the ImageProcessor.Web.Episerver nuget. Read more here. I'm extending the solution for responsive images … Continue reading Optimize your images with ImageProcessor
By using the picture element together with ImageProcessor, you can create a robust solution for responsive images. With this solution you can very quickly make sure that you at least don't serve way too big images. Once that is done, you can add more image sizes and fine tune the media queries, to further optimize … Continue reading Picture element + ImageProcessor = responsive images made easy
We've all been there. Restoring a copy of the production database on your development or test-environment, start the site and you get a 404. Argh, I forgot to set the correct site definitions! Again! Fig 1. The freaking site definitions In a multi site environment you can have a lot of different site definitions, and … Continue reading Automate your Episerver site definitions
What's the cost for hosting an Episerver test environment on Azure? And what can you do to minimize those costs? Calculating the price for hosting on Azure is a bit complex, so it's hard to say what a certain setup would cost for you. You can use the price calculator here to see the list-price. … Continue reading Penny-pinching your Episerver Azure environment
This blog post shows how you can use Azure Functions and PowerShell to schedule scaling of Azure resources. Something that can save you quite a few bucks if you for example scale down test environments during nights and weekends, when they're not used anyway. UPDATE: In v2 of Azure Functions it's not possible to create … Continue reading Schedule scaling of your Azure resources
A while ago I wanted to learn more about Episerver Commerce. I started by buying Quan Mai's book "Pro Episerver commerce". Here are my thoughts on that book. I have long experience with Episerver CMS, but very little experience with Episerver Commerce, or any other commerce solution for that matter. For me, this book was … Continue reading Review of the “Pro Episerver commerce” book