An item name cannot contain any of the following characters: \/:?”<>|[]- (controlled by the setting InvalidItemNameChars)

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How I started my first (well, third if you’re particular about it) Sitecore CMS project..

I just tried installing Web Forms for Marketers. You know, another form builder. That one thing that every CMS has on offer (or should have) to quickly patch together a basic form.

The plan is to evaluate this module to see if it can be used for a client.
But before I can use it I need to install it first.

I tried this using the usual way of installing a package.
Sitecore » Development Tools » Installation Wizard » Upload package » Install package » Done (..you wish!)

Apparently a common issue popping up when installing modules is this error message:

An item name cannot contain any of the following characters: \/:?”<>|[]- (controlled by the setting InvalidItemNameChars)

Well, that’s crap. How do I fix this? After a quick chat with James I changed the InvalidItemNameChars setting in the Web.config to “” and tried it again.

Success!

Thanks James and now off to more Sitecore adventures.
Note: If you have run the installer before you probably have to overwrite a few items during the next install run.

P.S. I’m not leaving OpenText land yet. I keep track of other Content Management Solutions out there and after playing with TYPO3, Contao and Sitecore Express a few years back the Sitecore buzz finally has me exploring this CMS as the next one on my list. And since I like to document things from the start so others can learn from my experience, bear with my documentation style, as it may seem fairly noobish, either because I am or because I want others to be able follow..

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  1. James

    No worries mate :)

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