Sitecore.DefaultLanguage.config – Disable

SO… There was a new config introduced in Sitecore 8.1 rev. 151207, called Sitecore.DefaultLanguage.config. I had set language settings in my Sitecore.config that I later found was overwritten by this config.

It’s located in /App_Config/Include/.

This is the content of the config:

<sitecore>
<sites>
<site name=”website”>
<patch:attribute name=”language”>en</patch:attribute>
</site>
<site name=”login”>
<patch:attribute name=”language”>en</patch:attribute>
</site>
<site name=”shell”>
<patch:attribute name=”contentLanguage”>en</patch:attribute>
</site>
</sites>
<settings>
<setting name=”ClientLanguage”>
<patch:attribute name=”value”>en</patch:attribute>
</setting>
</settings>
</sitecore>

So I was in my upgrade from Sitecore 7.2 – 8.2.
The languagesettings I had before the upgrade was no longer working. At last I found this config and just added .disabled after it.

As I was pointed out. Depending on how you work. It would be best to patch the settings after the default configs instead of disabling Sitecore configs.

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Adding functions to Rich Text Editor toolbar 8.X

So I was looking for a way to add an ordered or unordered list to a text in the Rich Text Editor in Sitecore 8.2 and I couldn’t find it in the Rich Text Editor (RTE). This is because the default RTE doesn’t show all functions (see image below).

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The image above shows the default toolbar for the RTE. If you want to add more buttons to this, like ‘insert ordered list’, you will have to some customization in the core db. Nothing big. I’ll show you how!

Two choices.

First, fastest. Add a path in your template for the field type like so:

source-field-type

You can choose from Html Editor Profiles:

  • Rich Text Default
  • Rich Text Full
  • Rich Text IDE
  • Rich Text Medium
  • Rich Text Mail

I can’t think of a situation where this isn’t enough for your clients.


But for those that like to experiment there is a second choice, more customizable.

Start by switching to your CORE db and go to Content Editor.

Go to /sitecore/system/Settings/Html Editor Profiles.
Lets say you duplicate the Rich Text Default item and rename it, in this case, to “Rich Text Custom”.

You want to add new items under /sitecore/system/Settings/Html Editor Profiles/Rich Text Custom/Toolbar 1.

Insert new _Html Editor button. In the field ‘Click’ you enter “InsertOrderedList”.
(I don’t know what all the functions are, but if you want, you can check into the other profiles like “RTE Full” what to put in the ‘Click’ for your specific button.

Now you can add “/path/Rich Text Custom” to the source field in your template.

Thanks for reading and happy Sitecoring!

Custom Field editor button in Experience editor Sitecore 8.X

The experience editor is a wonderful tool that helps the authors to create content fast and effective.

Though, sometimes you stumble across a scenario where you want a certain type of function available to your authors directly in the experience editor, but that function isn’t something that exists out of the box.

This, would be one scenario you could make your own Custom button in the Experience editor. There are two types of custom buttons. There is one for the ribbon (I will make a post about this in the future) and one for the Field editor (this is the one i’ll be going over now).

First, you will switch to your CORE database. Navigate to Custom Experience Buttons (sitecore/content/Applications/WebEdit/Custom Experience Buttons).

custom-experience-buttons
See Item path. Remember this is on the Core db.

 

Now create an item in this folder(or subfolder), based on the template:
“Field Editor Button” (/System/WebEdit/Field Editor Button).

The Field Editor Button has 4 default fields you are to fill in:

field-editor-button

Header: Showed in the Experience editor option for the rendering.
Icon: Choose an icon to be seen on the field editor ribbon
Fields: This is the tricky part. You must choose the fields you want to show when you click this button. If more than one field you separate them by a pipe. These fields must be in your item template or the dialog will be empty. Think like, what the rendering is supposed to present.
Tooltip: The text when hovering over the button

 

Now switch back to the Master database and find your sublayout or rendering.
Under Editor Options section you find an Experience Editor Buttons field. Add your custom button and you will now find your button when clicking the rendering in Experience editor.

Experience editor button.png

Field editor custom button.png

Sitecore. Unrecognized Guid format

Have you stumbled across this error message:

RebuildLinkDatabasesIndex|System.FormatException: Unrecognized Guid format.

With/Or this occurring when trying to publish site:

Publish to ‘web’|#Exception:System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. —> System.AggregateException: One or more exceptions occurred while processing the subscribers to the ‘item:saved’ event.

The reason for me was during an upgrade from Sitecore 7.2 to 8.2 and an upgrade from WFFM 2.4 to 8.2, I got this when trying to run a “publish site” and when trying to “Rebuild Link Database”.

What took me some time to figure out was that it was caused by the WFFM Module. Apparently the example forms created in “/sitecore/system/Modules/Web Forms for Marketers/Sample forms”, had tracking events that didn’t have ids binded to them.

So first make sure you can see standard fields:

Next step:

Have your broken item opened and find the section “Advanced” with its field “Tracking

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If you also take show “Raw values” you can see that there’s an event with no id.

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To fix this. Either remove it from raw values or by clicking “Goals” -> “Ok” then “Attributes” -> “Ok”.

This will remove the events that shouldnt exist.

I wish to give huge credit to , which made a post about this on: Link here.

Please go read his blog. He also gives a way of finding your broken items either by Sitecore Powershell Extension or creating a form page.

Template-specific Placeholder settings in Sitecore

When you start building up a site in Sitecore and you place out renderings from the experience editor it can go really fast from having a single rendering in your add component window to having tons.

Placeholder settings are a great way to restrict what renderings are allowed in a specific placeholder. So even if you have many page types with the same placeholders in them you can specify a template-specific placeholder setting.

Let’s say you have 4 types of pages. They all have a placeholder that contains a rendering of columns. And we want this column rendering available on all those page types.

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The purple border is a page type. It contains a rendering that holds two placeholders. They are named in this context, RightContent and LeftContent.

To restrain the authors from having the option to add all renderings that are available in the global placeholder settings we want to make it template-specific(or pagetype-specific).

We achieve this by adding a new placeholder setting.

The crucial part about this is you need to empty the field Placeholder Key(by default at creation this field will have the value of the item’s name)2016-10-11_16-13-19

In the field below you will set the Allowed Controls to specify what renderings are available for the template-specific placeholder.

Your last step should be on the standard values for the template. Go to Layout Details window and Edit.
Add a new placeholder setting:

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Find your new placeholder setting in the treelist and fill in the “Placeholder Key” field with your placeholder.

Now when you go to the experience editor and add a new component. Only those renderings you set in Allowed Controls should show up for that specific template.

Source of inspiration:

https://community.sitecore.net/technical_blogs/b/maximizing_usability/posts/the-power-of-placeholder-settings

Sitecore certified!

Well there we go. I guess i am now a certified Sitecore developer. It feels awsome!

The course was really intense, but also very fun and I met some cool people there. 

If you want to take the course yourself, remember that you should have .Net experience. There will not be time to go through what classes are etc. But also you don’t need to be an expert.

In my case i’ve been using sitecore a couple of months so I understood the basic references. But I also taught myself and learned methods that was just “this is how it works”, but not really understanding the theory behind it. There were definitly alot of “aha” moments. 

This course gave insights to the structure, theory, strenghts, weaknesses and an understanding of the Sitecore solution.

After the course I came back to the office with a huge confidence boost.

I’m now more confident that I will build solutions that will follow Sitecores best practice.

-Never stop learning!