Let's Encrypt on Windows revisited

Back in March, I blogged about Let's Encrypt and then I got busy doing other things. This weekend I had another look at the state of things for Windows and discovered that a few industrious people have been building some great things. The on tool I like very much is lets-encrypt-win-simple (lews). This ...

In working with Umbraco as a Service (UaaS), we often get askeded the question is how to work with it using Visual Studio (VS). The answer up until now has been a rather manual process. I always get a little annoyed when advising people to do something manually when I know it can ...

An Umbraco database upgrade tip from the trenches

Upon trying to help with an upgrade recently, I came across an interesting case: for some reason the site in question was impossible to upgrade, in the upgrade installer, the database upgrade would fail. By chance, it took a long time to download the actual complete site they were trying to upgrade ...

Using Umbraco migrations to deploy changes

In yesterday's blog post I boldly claimed that it's "just as easy" to create a custom table for a counter. Well, this is kinda true, kinda not true. It's really easy to go into your local SQL instance, create a table with two columns and use a bit of PetaPoco to ...

Making sure your Umbraco site performs on Azure

Azure Web Apps (previously known as Azure Websites) is an excellent service that can be used to host your Umbraco website in a cost effective way. I will not go into deploying your site to Azure, this is something that can be done in different ways and works exactly the ...