You can have “Solr as a Service” now…

Recently I was writing about the changes to Java licensing that Oracle are enforcing in 2019. It’s not an uncommon reaction to the challenges that the new license introduces to start thinking about alternatives to how you might manage search for your Sitecore deployments. So what can you do? Continue reading


Why are my pages under /services/ broken?

This is one of those issues where I feel like I should have worked it out faster than I did. Computers are relentlessly logical. If you tell them to ignore something, they’re going to ignore it, even if that does confuse your content editors… Continue reading

A fast query edge case that might bite you

There’s been a bit of discussion (I might even go as far as to say ranting 😉 ) on the subject of not using “fast query” in your website code recently. I’m a supporter of this idea – but I came across an issue recently that points out why it’s not always easy to be confident that you’re not making use of it indirectly…

So, for the benefit of Google: Continue reading

xConnect config files can be confusing

Edited to add: Sitecore have updated their documentation to reduce the confusion here. Thank you Martina & co!

I’m working on my first proper Sitecore 9 project at the moment, and got bitten by an annoying bit of confusion while doing some configuration work. If you’re tweaking how xConnect works take note, and hopefully you can avoid making the same mistake I did… Continue reading

Why am I still missing some GeoIP data?

Recently I wrote about an issue I encountered where a client’s website was missing its GeoIP data (and the related back-end analytics data) entirely. While the changes discussed in that post solved the problem of there being no MongoDB data for GeoIP lookups at all, I continued to see odd issues with many users not being located after those fixes were made. Sorting this out seems to suggest that some of the “common wisdom” about configuring GeoIP for analytics isn’t right – so here are my latest findings: Continue reading

Why am I missing my GeoIP data?

Updated: There is a follow-up to this post, which points out some extra issues with the way GeoIP configuration is currently documented for v8-era Sitecore setups that change the “Analytics.PerformLookup” setting below. If this setting is of interested to you, please read that too!

I spent some time this week looking at a client site whose analytics data was missing GeoIP information. Since they had a valid license for Sitecore’s GeoIP lookup service, this was a bit confusing. So, continuing my battle to write up all the unexpected scenarios… Continue reading

Shooting yourself in the foot with a config patch – redux

Sitecore’s config patch files are great. But sadly it’s entirely possible to cause yourself headaches with them. I’ve written before about how it’s possible that small typos can cause big issues. In that style, a colleage brought an issue to me recently which was an interesting new variation on this fun… Continue reading