Having recently moved my development environment to another machine, I discovered that Sitecore Rocks no longer works as before; in particular, I cannot access the "Design Template" menu under Tasks:

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I tried installing Sitecore Rocks on a different, more recent version of Visual Studio, but the result is the same.

How can I "reset" my Sitecore Rocks installation, or otherwise solve this problem?

  • Have you set your connection up using Good Old Web Service or the Hard Rocks Service ?
    – jammykam
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 16:29
  • Good Old Web Service, as I did in the past. This never lead to any issues. Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 16:31

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You need to set your Sitecore Rocks connection up using the Hard Rock Service:

Hark Rock Service

This will then give access to additional features and options, including the "Design Template" option:

Options with Hard Rock Service

By comparison, using the Good Old Web Service, the options are as follows:

Options with Good Old Web Service

The above is using Sitecore Rocks v2.1.69 and Visual Studio 2015. You mention you have set it up in the past using the Good Old Web Service connection without any issues. Maybe something has changed, or it was previously set up with the Hard Rock Service without you realising.

  • Correct, this did the trick. I must be imagining things, for I distinctly remember using these features with the Goold Old Web Service. The vague and generic error message I was getting when trying the Hard Rock one didn't help either. Oh well, one more for the record. Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 22:01

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