Marco Tana is CEO/President of Roundedcube, Inc. He is a Certified Sitecore Solution Developer since 2005 and has since been certified for the current releases. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional since 2008 with expertise on infrastructure, systems, databases and Web technologies. With several Sitecore projects under his belt, he has contributed to various techniques and best-practices that Roundedcube currently uses for its clients. Although his primary day-to-day workload nowadays has to do with management and running the company, his background gets him involved on various development and creative projects which allows him to be up-to-date with the latest trends in the Web industry, both technically and creatively. He still contributes to Sitecore and .NET projects, participate in marketing/creative exercises for our design projects, and recently been blogging and helping out the Sitecore community.

Graduating from Washington University in St. Louis and furthering his knowledge while working for companies like IBM and EDS, he has extensive experience and knowledge of business domain models, data warehousing, e-commerce, web site management, development, design, and strategy. If you need a good tennis buddy, golf company, or a ski friend, let him know since those are his hobbies outside of work.

In addition to being named a Sitecore MVP in 2011 and 2013, Marco is also a Sitecore Certified .NET Developer and a Sitecore Certified Marketer.

5 Frequently Overlooked Sitecore Features

Sitecore has been around for a long time. I've been working with the platform since 2005 and I have seen tons of improvements throughout the years. I have noticed that there have been many features that seem to have gotten lost along the way. Here are a few of the features that you may have forgotten about that deserve a second look:

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September 09, 2015
Sitecore , Web Development , Web Strategy , Context Marketing

How to Do a Quick Sitecore Self-Audit

Whatever your reason for a self-audit is, it's prudent to do a review of your Sitecore implementation to make sure it addresses your needs. I know that it can be expensive to do a full review when sometimes you only need to get a temperature check, so here's a quick guide on what to look for. As a disclaimer, this guide is not a replacement to a full audit and evaluation by an experienced Sitecore architect. If you feel a need for such, give us a call and let's see how we can help.

August 24, 2015
Sitecore, Web Development, Web Strategy

Sitecore Blog

Building the Sitecore PNG Optimizer Module

One of the Cubers, Jason, mentioned to me that it would be great if there was a way to easily optimize images within Sitecore. He was using a free online service but it was cumbersome. So, I set out to do a quick solution and this module is the result. Check it out and download it from the Sitecore Marketplace. The Visual Studio 2010 solution is available for download at the end of this post.

November 25, 2013
Sitecore, Web Development

Sitecore Blog

10 Ways to Make Your Sitecore Implementation More User-Friendly

In one of my previous posts, I discussed what you should look for to determine if your Sitecore project is in trouble. I mentioned specific signs to gauge whether the project is going to be a success or not in terms of implementation. However, it doesn't address one of the biggest success factors in CMS implementation: the intended users should be able to manage the content easily and intuitively.

November 08, 2013
Sitecore, Web Development

Sitecore Blog

Why You Should Include DMS in Your Web Strategy from the Start

When the original Online Marketing Suite (OMS) first came out, it was an evolutionary release that took Sitecore CMS to a new level of content-centric visibility. First and foremost, it allowed users to see analytics data on content items that a typical Web analytics like Google or Omniture cannot readily provide. As a standard, we use both types to give the marketer a full view of how the site is performing.

May 16, 2013
Sitecore, Digital Marketing

Sitecore Blog

Sitecore Tidbits: Link Provider/Resolver and Placeholder/Settings

Link Provider and Resolver go hand in hand. If you create one, you need to create the other. Sitecore comes with a default provider that gives you a nice, SEO-friendly URL. The Resolver reads those same URLs and translates them to find the content item in the CMS. When Item Buckets came along (which is now standard in Sitecore 7), they used a provider that may have been used for news items. Because bucket items, by default, are stored based on the date/time they were created (it creates a hierarchy of folders from year all the way down to seconds), the default provider within Sitecore will show you those date-based folders. So, to make the URL a bit friendlier, item buckets used the news link provider that essentially removes the date-based folders. The Resolver, on the other hand, finds the appropriate item by traversing the date-based folders

March 27, 2013
Sitecore, Web Development

Sitecore Blog

Installing a .NET 4.5 Web App: Type Mismatch Error

This post is actually not Sitecore specific; however, I encountered the following situation while I was installing Sitecore 7. I received a Lucene.Net.Util.Version error saying that it could not be loaded, as there was a type mismatch.

March 22, 2013
Sitecore, Web Development

Sitecore Blog

Common Sitecore Mistakes for New Developers

For those who have experience implementing Sitecore, this post is not for you. Sitecore has been very busy evangelizing and "selling" Sitecore and we now have a vast community of new Sitecore developers and users. For those new to Sitecore, I’ve written out a list of some common mistakes to avoid. Just like riding a bike, once you learn these, they will come naturally.

March 06, 2013
Sitecore, Web Development

Sitecore Blog

Sitecore UI vs New Windows Look

This post is not so much about Sitecore, but rather focuses on how Microsoft has gone back to a very utilitarian look with their most recent set of applications. Sitecore has traditionally followed Microsoft's lead on "user-experience" and ease-of-use, which leads me to wonder, will Sitecore again follow suit?

February 28, 2013
Sitecore, Web Development

Sitecore Blog

Signs that Your Sitecore Implementation Project is in Trouble

I have to warn you now that this first part is going to be a bit "salesy" and self-indulgent. The thought is that if the signs I mention below exist within your Sitecore implementation, you may want to call us. There, I'm done with my plug and on to the real story. Remember, this post is really meant for implementation teams to catch issues early and mitigate them before they get worse.

February 22, 2013
Sitecore, Web Development

Sitecore Blog

Sitecore Tidbits: Rules, Traffic Types, Item Buckets Search, and Refresh WFFM Action

Today I am introducing a new blog series called Sitecore Tidbits. Every post will be a collection of various topics from simple UI enhancements to complex architectures. There won't be a specific topic per post but mostly a channel for me to share specific experiences with Sitecore development. Once in a while, you'll see other Roundedcube "Cubers" contribute or even have their own post under this umbrella. So, I hope you enjoy it and let us know if there are any specific tidbits you want us to discuss. Also, since I won’t get too deep in any of these, just post a question in the comment section and I'll reply as soon as I can.

February 21, 2013
Sitecore, Web Development, Digital Marketing

Sitecore Blog

First Impression: Telligent Starter Kit

It's amazing when best-of-breed applications come together to form a solution. The Telligent platform and Sitecore are a perfect match to provide a holistic solution for certain organizations.

January 25, 2013
Sitecore, Web Development, Web Strategy

Sitecore Blog

10 Resolutions for Sitecore Developers

Happy New Year! It is time for resolutions and here are ten that I think Sitecore developers should consider for 2013. If you have your own Sitecore developer resolutions for 2013, please share them with us in the comments below.

January 02, 2013
Sitecore, Web Development

Web Development

Umbraco v5 Development is Now Dead

Watching Niel Hartvig's CodeGarden keynote speech:

-- Flawed!

-- Biz Layer... needs to go away... Ben laughs!!!

-- Too complicated...

-- Wow.

June 13, 2012
Web Development

Windows Live Spaces Moving to Wordpress

Windows Live Spaces Moving to WordPress?

You may have heard this already, especially if you’re a Windows Live blogger, Windows Live is “upgrading” it’s blog service using WordPress. How convenient?

October 26, 2010
Web Development

Sitecore Blog

Sitecore for President (well for Government Sites)

Roundedcube will be featuring Sitecore at the National Association of Government Webmasters (NAGW) to be held in St. Louis, MO from Sept. 22 – 24. We’re definitely excited for being part of the show because I think we definitely got something to show. One of the highlights will be our work for the City of Ogden, UT which was released last year.

September 22, 2010
Sitecore

Sitecore Blog

Customize the Sitecore System Tray

The Sitecore Desktop is just like Windows, it’s customizable. Not a lot have utilized it because there’s not much about on how to do so except for typical user-specifics such as wallpaper, desktop shortcuts, etc. Here is one thing you can do to the system tray.

September 21, 2010
Sitecore

Sitecore Blog

Dynamic Sitecore Desktop

I was playing around with Sitecore and I saw John West’s way of randomizing the desktop wallpaper. He uses a logging in pipeline processor that essentially updates the Wallpaper property of the user. It’s pretty cool….so I get to thinking…let me try to make it more dynamic.

September 17, 2010
Sitecore

Sitecore Blog

Sitecore to Support MVC...What Do You Think?

When I first saw that Sitecore is going to support the MVC architecture in a future release, I wasn’t sure exactly what that means. I have some experience with MVC. I know about ASP.NET’s implementation and also the S#arp Architecture that improves upon Microsoft’s version.

September 14, 2010
Sitecore

Sitecore Blog

What does Sitecore v6.3 Really Mean?

So it used to be called the TwinPeaks release if you follow the Sitecore Roadmap but exactly what does it bring to the table?

August 03, 2010
Sitecore

Sitecore Blog

Sorting Sitecore Items in .NET

Have you ever asked yourself what’s the fastest (or easiest) way to sort a list of item that you retrieve using SelectItems or something similar?

August 02, 2010
Sitecore

Sitecore Blog

Quick Dreamcore Shout Out

I’d like to quickly thank everyone from Sitecore for putting up a great inaugural annual event, Dreamcore. You can ask Sitecore and they’ll tell you that I’ve been waiting for this. Even though it was only a couple of days, it was enough to get excited again about the prospect of Sitecore and the world of CMS.

April 26, 2010
Sitecore

Digital Marketing

Can't Make it to Mix'09

I really like Mix because it combines both design and technology. That's essentially our business. I remember the days when companies tried to figure out who should manage their Web site. Actually some companies still struggles with this. It's amazing the way companies classified the Corporate (customer-facing) site as a Marketing department responsibility while the Intranet is by the IT department. Aren't both essentially a Web site?

February 10, 2009
Digital Marketing, Web Strategy

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