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Sitefinity project stuck at warming up

We've had the opportunity recently to start working with the enterprise grade CMS Sitefinity in a little more depth than our previous Ucommerce consultancy which has been a welcome break. It's been pretty straight forward to get up and running in contrast to some of the other Enterprise Grade CMS systems like Kentico and Sitecore (in a good way) but we did hit one snag which wasn't immediatly obvious.

If you get stuck at the installation screen which looks like this: Sitefinity

Then it's likely you've hit the same issue we did. If you open Chrome's developer tools, you may notice that there's an erroring calls to status -or if you're lucky you'll get the error screen with the error:

The connection string name is missing for the MySqlSiteMapProvider (C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\Config\machine.config line 275) ---> The connection string name is missing for the MySqlSiteMapProvider

The fix is pretty simple, open up your web.config file and look for the <sitemap node then add a <clear/> block at the start of the providers to clear your machine.config setting:

<siteMap defaultProvider="SitefinitySiteMap"> <providers> <clear /> <add name="SitefinitySiteMap" type="Telerik.Sitefinity.Web.SitefinitySiteMap, Telerik.Sitefinity" /> </providers> </siteMap>

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