A good development team will always work to ensure Experience Editor is the preferred method for authoring a page's layout. Of course, this isn't always possible, so our clients need to know how work with Placeholders in the Content Editor, and the module Placeholder Dropdown is a good step in the right direction to improve this experience.

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One of my favourite tools in Sitecore development is the Hedgehog's Sitecore Package Deployer. Having Azure DevOps drop TDS's packages into your instances automates a complete update for you! I've covered how to implement this in my past post, Complete Guide to Deployment Automation, and it's a really reliable method unless something interrupts the process like we had happen last week. So, what happened and how do we fix it?

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Our typical scaled Sitecore environments will consist of anywhere between 4-6 instances, depending on pre or post version 9, so being able to automate updates to them certainly saves a lot of time. The time required to perform a conventional package installation and to extract the updated files and drop them into delivery instances becomes costly over many months for larger engagements, so using the tools we have available to us is a necessity. Today I'm going to provide a complete guide for setting this up using HedgeHog TDS and Azure Devops.

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With any project there comes a time when we grant access to the client's authors. I guess that's the whole point of a CMS, right? But during this transition period I always keep an eye on the Content Management instance's performance to ensure everything is running as it should be, and excessive publishing is a common issue we have to address.

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You may have read my post about using the Advanced System Reporter module which is available in the Sitecore Marketplace, so if you're a fan of what it can do then you're going to eventually create your own custom reports. Well you're in the right place so let's get started!

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