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Sitecore media RequestExtension for images and pdfs

On your Sitecore site what is the media file extension you see? If you see .ashx for all your media (images, pdfs) read on. Ideally the IIS application pool for your website should be configured to use Integrated mode instead of classic mode. If that is the case, there is one default Sitecore 8 setting that you should change in your Sitecore.config

 

This configures Sitecore to use the original file extensions rather than .ashx extension. So images would be jpg, gif, png's while pdfs would have the pdf extension. I also notice that Sitecore themselves have this configured on their website, so we should be good making this change.




There are multiple benefits to the end user.
  1. They know the file types of media like pdfs before clicking on the download link
  2. CDN have cache settings that will be honoured for the respective file types
  3. Local browser cache setting will also work better
  4. Pages just load faster!
Make this change and Happy Sitecoreing!

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And you are no longer able to login to the Sitecore admin interface with the default admin username and password b.

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