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Experience Sitecore!

Martin Miles on Sitecore

Onero is now updated to version 1.2

Just have released a new version of Onero. So, what's new?

  • Re-worked UI - removed buttons from main screen in favour of main menu
  • Introduced Testing (settings) profiles - now settings, rules, forms etc. are individual for a profile
  • Created a base for future multiple browser supports (not only FF like now), currently on testing
  • Multiple bug fixes and minor improvements
Please update by the link: http://onero.martinmiles.net/files/Onero 1.2.zip

Looking forward to hear your feedbacks!
Cheers!

Sitecore Improvements project

I have done multiple Sitecore presentation and productivity improvements, so this time I decided to unite them all under the same umbrella in GitHub, and this blog post will go through all of them.


1. Sitecore Style Adjustments

2. Device Editors Shortcuts

3. Layout Details Shortcuts

4. Presentation Exists Gutter

5. Publish Item Context Menu

6. Publish Item Ribbon Icon

7. Set Presentation Context Menu Icon


Packages can be downloaded below:

Sitecore 8.0 Style Adjustments-1.2.zip (29KB)
Sitecore 8.1 Style Adjustments-1.2.zip (28.9KB)
Device Editor Shortcuts 1.0.zip (8.6KB)
Layout Details Shortcuts 1.1.zip (10.8KB)
Presentation Exists Gutter 1.0.zip (12.7KB)
Publish Item Context Menu-1.0.zip (11.1KB)
Publish Item Ribbon Icon 1.0.zip (4.2KB)
Set Presentation Context Menu Item 1.0.zip (11.4KB)

Source code (and the docs / more packages) can be taken from project's GitHub page by the following link.

Hope you find this helpful!


Sitecore Personalization based on URL query string parameters

Once I was asked to personalize Sitecore component depending on custom URL query string parameter, to identify users coming by a promo campaign in order to display them slightly modified component reflecting campaign presentation. Easy, I thought, but in next couple minutes struggled to find that condition in Rules Engine. It is not in Sitecore, what a surprise!..

So, let's go through and see what conditions are in Sitecore and how you can create any custom condition you would ever imagine.


First of all, all stuff for Rules Engine is specified as Sitecore items underneath /sitecore/system/Settings/Rules folder. So let's create an item named Query String Value Presents of /sitecore/templates/System/Rules/Condition template within /sitecore/system/Settings/Rules/Conditional Renderings/Conditions/URL Query String Conditions folder. There are just two important fields we are going to set. Type field, as it is very common to Sitecore, specifies fully qualified class and assembly names, where business logic is implemented. Another, Text field, is more interesting on that stage - it shows wordings that would be presented to user when using his condition with Rules Engine. Here is what we set there:

Where the User [QueryStringName,,,QueryString Name] has a value that [operatorid,StringOperator,,compares to] [QueryStringValue,,,QueryString Value].

Pay attention to parameters in square brackets - they would be replaced by Rules Enging to selectors.

Now let's look at the code. Fom the item we ahave referenced the class.

public class QueryStringCondition<T> : StringOperatorCondition<T> where T : RuleContext

All derived condition classes should have same definition and derive from base StringOperatorCondition class. As the absolute minimal, we are to override just one Execute(T ruleContext) method. Additionally we must create public string properties named exactly the same as in parameters above from Text field from condition definition item in Sitecore.

public string QueryStringName { get; set; }
public string QueryStringValue { get; set; }
protected override bool Execute(T ruleContext)
{
    // process QueryStringName and QueryStringValue properties here
    // return true if personlization parameters falls within the condition 
}

QueryStringName and QueryStringValue would be auto-populated by Rules Engine.

With our next example we are trying to display an additional promo component when user access our website by URL with sourceId=campaign as parameters.


Full implementation of QueryStringCondition<T> class can be found on GitHub by this link.

Hope you find this helpful!

Productivity Improvement: Device Editor showing datasource and previewing that right from a pop-up click

After previous post on Layout Details dialog improvements, I decided to look even further and implement one more improvement that came into my head.

Another dialog window, probably most important in Content Editor is missing couple things I just decided to fix. That is a case when a screenshot is better than hundred words, so here is it:


What has been added is a datasource item path, immediately underneath rendering and placeholder. It is clickable in the same manner as from previous posts, immediately opening that (datasource) item for view and edit right in the popup window, that saves so much time!

Additionally, rendering / sublayout name became also clickable with the same item preview popup effect.


Download: please get the package and anti-package to revert changes. Source code is available at GitHub page by this link.

Known minor issue: if open Control Properties dialog from Device Editor, and when you return back from that dialog - look-up links will not work and control will return to default behavior, so you may need to re-open Device Editor again.
The reason for such a behavior is that on returning back, Sitecore runs a series of pipelines that eventually call original class from Sitecore.Client rather than the one we have overridden and referenced above. Fixing that requires patching original DLL and I highly wanted to avoid inclining into any original functionality (moreover, you are not likely allowed to do that by license)

Productivity Improvement: Creating a Presentation Exists Gutter - get even faster access to item's Presentation Details

Previously I have described how easily you can create a shortcut to Device Editor of Presentation Details right at the item's Context Menu - access that as much as in two clicks! But there's even easier (and more visual) way - create a specific Sitecore Gutter.
So, what Gutters are? Gutters are sort of visual markers you can optionally enable / disable in your Content Editor. Have you seen a vertical bar, immediately left hand side from Sitecore tree? That is a Gutters Area and once you do right click on it - you may enable / disable some gutters already installed. Also, gutters can be clickable, and on click handler you may also call Sitecore commands, so why not to call our familiar item:setlayoutdetails that opens Device Editor dialog for corresponding item?

So, let's create our own gutter. Every gutter is configured within core database under /sitecore/content/Applications/Content Editor/Gutters folder. We are going to create a new item called ... derived from /sitecore/templates/Sitecore Client/Content editor/Gutter Renderer template (all gutters derive from that one). There are only two fields we need to set there - Header which is just a gutter name and Type - fully qualified class name:

So now let's implement PresentationExists class. Briefly, every gutter derives from GutterRenderer class which returns GutterIconDescriptor object when gutter should be shown next to corresponded item otherwise just null. Implementation below checks whether current item has a Layout associated, and if yes - it returns a GutterIconDescriptor with a item:setlayoutdetails command for that item.
public class PresentationExists : GutterRenderer
{
    protected override GutterIconDescriptor GetIconDescriptor(Item item)
    {
        if (item != null)
        {
            var layoutField = item.Fields[Sitecore.FieldIDs.LayoutField];
            var layoutDefinition = LayoutDefinition.Parse(LayoutField.GetFieldValue(layoutField));

            if (layoutDefinition != null && layoutDefinition.Devices.Count > 0)
            {
                GutterIconDescriptor gutterIconDescriptor = new GutterIconDescriptor
                {
                    Icon = "Applications/32x32/window_colors.png",
                    Tooltip = Translate.Text("Presentation is set for this item.")
                };

                if (item.Access.CanWrite() && !item.Appearance.ReadOnly)
                {
                    gutterIconDescriptor.Click = string.Format("item:setlayoutdetails(id={0})", item.ID);
                }
                return gutterIconDescriptor;
            }
        }

        return null;
    }
}
So as soon as you compile and place resulting DLL under <web_root>\bin folder, your gutter wil work like below:

Clicking that icon will immediately show Device Editor dialog. Job's done!

Downloads: you can access source code at Sitecore Improvements project GitHub page, or you can download ready-to-use package by this link.

Please note: improperly implemented gutters may affect performance of Content Editor, as the code above runs for each item. So please be extremely attentive on what you're doing within GetIconDescriptor() method.

Sitecore Boilerplate - the repository of best practices all at the same place

I decided to create an ultimate "boilerplate" solution for Sitecore, implementing all the best Sitecore practices in one place, well documented and cross-linked with the support on this blog.

As a multi-language website with Experience Editor (ex. Page Editor) support utilizing with Glass Mapper, Lucene indexes and test-driven codebase and much more working well all together - it will be a perfect place for newbies to familiarize themselves with Sitecore platform. It aims also to simplify work of more senior Sitecore developers in terms of quickly searching for desired features and grabbing them into their working solutions.

The project originated out of my R&D activities as I decided it would be beneficial to share my workouts with Sitecore community. Any suggestions, comments and criticism are highly welcome!

List of the features I desire to supply into Sitecore boilerplate:

  • Support for Page Editor
  • Usage of Glass Mapper for ORM purposes
  • Unit testable code
  • Synchronization of user-editable content from CD environment to CM and further re-publish to the rest of CDs
  • Support for multi-language environment
  • Custom Lucene indexes
  • Custom personalisation of components and data
  • Workflows based on user permissions
  • Make all mentioned above working together as a solid and stable website
  • Implement new Sitecore 8 marketing features on top of that

.. for the moment I have planned and implemented several of mentioned features as a starting point, so it is coming soon on GitHub and further blog posts here.