Elasticsearch for .NET and EPiServer developers

Ealasticsearch Tutorial:

Vulcan is an EPiServer lightweight (free) alternative to EPiServer find, based on Elasticsearch as well:


Creating EPiServer admin tool plugins using MVC

Creating the tool:
EPiServer – How to create gui plugins using MVC – Dejan Caric
I had to configure the route initialization like this to make it work:

I added EPiServer resources in <head> for EPiServer CSS feeling to it:
(_Layout.cshtml file)

Some info regarding the EPiServer CSS classes etc:


How to define default values for pages and blocks in EPiServer CMS 7+

Source: How to define default values for pages and blocks in EPiServer CMS 7

Also see this: using [DefaultValue] attribute:
Default property values on content in EPiServer are set by overriding SetDefaultValues. In an attempt to make my model classes a bit tidier, by not having to do the override in lots of places, I wrote a little piece of code which enables the use of the DefaultValue attribute (found in System.Component)

from: http://world.episerver.com/blogs/Per-Magne-Skuseth/Dates/2014/3/Attribute-based-default-values/

Set available buttons for TinyMCE Editor in EPiServer 8+

From this guide:

A toolbar looking like this (quite many buttons available):
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Uses this TinyMCESettings C# code:


Troubleshooting EPiServer 7+ search indexing-service

Search index is located at:
Index folder can be deleted, an then triggered by this tool (click start indexing).
Url: http://[mysite]/EPiServer/CMS/Admin/IndexContent.aspx
The index folder should now be created if all configuration is correct.

Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting EPiServer search indexing-service | Hans Kindberg

Setup and configuration for search: Svein Aandahl’s Blog: How to install EPiServer Search for EPiServer CMS 7

Error when starting EPiServer 7.5+ site on server environments – Could not load file or assembly ‘JetBrains.Annotations, Version=

[FileNotFoundException: Could not load file or assembly ‘JetBrains.Annotations, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=1010a0d8d6380325’ or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.] EPiServer.Framework.Initialization.InitializationModule.Initialize(HostType hostType) +1508 EPiServer.Framework.Initialization.InitializationModule.FrameworkInitialization(HostType hostType) +84 EPiServer.Global..ctor() +91 ASP.global_asax..ctor() +9

The workaround is to include the JetBrains.Annotations.dll in the bin folder of the application. 

Use Nuget package manager console to install the exact version missing. Select the Web project as the default project (to install into that project) in Package Manager Console and enter this command:

The above is for version, for more info regarding downloading old versions of nuget packages, see this link:

Read more here: Error when starting ASP.NET website – Language Agents / .NET Agent – New Relic Community Forum