New Web.config Settings in Sitecore 8

There are always some Sitecore settings in the Web.config file that are hidden gems. So I broke out my favourite “Diff” tool in order to see what sort of new settings there are in Sitecore 8. For the purpose of this post I am comparing the Web.config files from Sitecore 7.2 and Sitecore 8.

Listed below are the new settings:


<!--  ALLOW PREVIEW OF RULES EXECUTION RESULTS
      Indicates if preview of rules execution results is allowed.
      Default value: true
-->
<setting name="AllowPreviewOfRulesExecutionResults" value="true"/>

<!--  LOGIN BACKGROUND IMAGE URL
      Sets the background image used on the login page /sitecore/shell/default.aspx
      Default value: "//"
-->
<setting name="Login.BackgroundImageUrl" value="/sitecore/login/drop_wallpaper.jpg"/>

<!--  LOGIN DISABLE LICENSE INFROMATION
      If true, Sitecore hides the "License Information" link on the login page.
      Default: true
-->
<setting name="Login.DisableLicenseInfo" value="true"/>

<!--  SERVER TIME ZONE
      This setting specifies the server time zone that is used by the server to convert UTC time to local time, for example "GMT Standard Time".
      The value must be parsable to a valid Time Zone ID. See http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg154758.aspx
      If blank, Sitecore uses the operating system time zone.
      Default value: "" (use the operating system time zone)
-->
<setting name="ServerTimeZone" value=""/>

Only 4 new settings is a lot less than I expected but there are also a lot of changes to existing settings. The most significant changes seem to be in the caching settings where many have had their default value increased. In addition, all of the “WebEdit” settings have been removed from Sitecore 8.

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6 comments on “New Web.config Settings in Sitecore 8
  1. kevinobee says:

    Take a look in the App_Config\Include directory and the sub-directories below that to find the majority of the new configuration settings 😉

    • Very good point. That will be quite an adventure working through all those files but I’m looking forward to it!

    • jammykam says:

      Yup, Sitecore is following it’s own recommendation of using patch files… but also possibly also due to get round config size limitations? I believe default limit it 250kb, and Sitecore’s web.config is 238kb and the include folder is now a whopping 952kb!

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