A new version of the Visitor Group Usage Viewer is now available on the Episerver Nuget feed that is compatible with Episerver 10.
The visitor group usage viewer adds a new component that shows the visitor groups that are used on the current content item when in Episerver edit mode. It also separately shows any content that's referenced on the current content item (such as blocks or pages in a content area) as this could also affect the rendering of the current piece of content:
By default Episerver will show all required properties on the create new screen. I guess that it's presumed that the content cannot be created without these properties existing which in many cases is true (e.g. setting a list root). However in many cases I've seen the [Required] attribute used where the content could be created/edited without the property existing but we need to stop the content being published without it (see my note on using IValidator's later in this post).
A new version of MenuPin has been released that supports Episerver Find. It works in the same way as MenuPin for other Episerver modules:
A new version of MenuPin has been released and is available on the Episerver Nuget feed. It contains the following changes:
What's new in v10.0:
- Made package into a stand alone Dojo add-on - see upgrade recommendation below
- Fixes an issue where MenuPin breaks views without the global menu
- Version jump to v10 to keep parity with major Episerver versions
- Minor code refactoring
Episerver by default doesn't have a built in time property. However I was speaking to a customer recently who wanted just that. I know that Episerver uses Dojo for the UI behind the scenes so started to investigate if there was anything we could use to help us.
I read Steve Celus's post on creating a colour picker using Dojo in the past: http://world.episerver.com/blogs/Steve-Celius/Dates/2015/5/simple-color-picker-property/. So I used it as inspiration for this post.
It turns out that we can use the built in Dojo widget "dijit/form/TimeTextBox" to create a time picker in the Episerver UI. To create a property that allows users to input a time add the following ClientEditor attribute to your model:
A new version of MenuPin is now available. This is is a compatibility release for Episerver 10 upwards. If you have not heard of MenuPin before then it allows users to pin the menu at the top of the Episerver UI (as shown in the image).
What's new in v4.0:
- Compatible with Episerver 10+
Episerver releases software on a continuous release cycle. This means that a new version of Episerver is typically available every week. This is good news for customers as the software is kept up to date with new features and bug fixes.
However updates are not automatic (for good reason) and need to be installed and put through a standard deployment cycle. As administrators or developers potentially working on multiple Episerver solutions it can sometimes be tricky to know exactly what version is installed and what the latest version of Episerver packages are when looking at the UI.
So I created a tool that allows users to see what versions of packages are installed and also what is the latest available version.
What does the tool do
The tool adds a new icon to the menu bar showing the current status of packages (green = up to date, yellow = updates available, red = very out of date) with some descriptive text on hover:
Episerver has a powerful UI that makes it very easy for editors to create and edit content in an on-page and a drag and drop way. However I was recently talking to a customer who are going to have a larger editor estate (> 500 people) and wanted 2 types of editors. The first type are editors who are trained and are familiar with Episerver. These editors can use the UI as normal for creating and editing content.
The second type of editor is more interesting. They should only be able edit existing content, often only on a single page. These editors require a very cut down version of the Episerver UI with "super simple" editor functions. So this post describes how its possible to hide certain Episerver UI elements for certain groups of editors.
What's new in MenuPin v3.3
Episerver Commerce compatibility has been added allowing users to pin and unpin the menu when working in the Episerver commerce UI:
Approvals for moving content in the Episerver page tree part 2 - removing the default confirmation dialog
Previously I blogged about Approvals for moving content in the Episerver page tree. This allowed us as developers to prevent users from moving content pages around in the tree without someone else signing the request off.
The approach works fine, however there is one shortcoming in this approach. That is that the default move confirmation message is still displayed after a user moves a page in the tree:
Episerver's UI is simple for editors to use but also very powerful. One specific feature I'd like to talk about today is the ability to move pages around in the site tree by simply dragging and dropping them.
This is great feature and incredibly simple to use. However moving content around a site can have big impacts on the site SEO, site functionality and in the worst case scenario create errors on a site. By default any editor can move pages to other places in the tree (with sufficient access rights) and the moves require no approval.
What's new in v3.2
A new gesture has been added to the pin. When the top menu is pinned out, click and hold the pin to unpin the top menu and hide the left and right hand side items. This allows users to quickly get back to a clear view when items have been pinned out in the UI:
A new version of MenuPin is now available. This is is a compatibility release for EPiServer 9 upwards. If you have not heard of MenuPin before then it allows users to pin the menu at the top of the EPiServer UI (as shown in the image).
What's new in v3.0:
- Compatible with EPiServer 9+
What's new in v2.2
In previous versions pinning or unpinning the menu meant the entire page was refreshed. Version 2.2 means the menu can be pinned without the need to refresh the entire page:
EPiServer gives our users a tremendous amount of power and flexibility. However users can occasionally do things that may affect performance or their experience of EPiServer. One of these things is adding a large number of images/documents into a folder in the media library. By adding too many items to a folder the folder not only becomes cumbersome to browse and use but can also affect performance in extreme circumstances.
What's new in v2.1
Without using MenuPin clicking the globe by default takes you to view the selected page in the tree:
However when using MenuPin v2.0 clicking the globe icon took you to the site homepage. MenuPin v2.1 makes the globe icon at the top work in the same way as the globe on the pull down menu and takes you to view the selected page.
EPiServer visitor groups are a great feature and allow editors to personalise content for end users. EPiServer also has the capability for editors to preview content for certain visitor groups when viewing a page. This is a powerful capability as editors can see how the content will look when its been personalised for end users. However when a lot of visitor groups are enabled on a site its sometimes difficult for editors to work out which ones are used on a piece of content and to pick the right visitor groups to preview with.
So I decided to create a visitor group usage gadget that will help editors see what visitor groups are used on piece of content in EPiServer.
A new version of MenuPin is now available. This is is a compatibility release for EPiServer 8 upwards. If you have not heard of MenuPin before then it allows users to pin the menu at the top of the EPiServer UI (as shown in the image).
What's new in v2.0:
- Compatible with EPiServer 8+
- Its now available as a standard Nuget package on the EPiServer Nuget feed (its no longer an Add-on)
I was on-site with a client the other day discussing an upgrade project. The site is a CMS 6 R2 site and the question came up: "Can I remove blocks view for editors as even after the upgrade we may not want to use blocks?".
I am not going to go into the reasons why this was requested or if it is a good idea (there are actually some good reasons for the request). I'm simply writing this post to show how it can be done.
The new EPiServer UI introduced with EPiServer 7 gave users a sleek new interface that's easy to use and simple to navigate. All unnecessary UI elements are hidden away until you need them. When users need them frequently areas can be pinned out. However the top menu cannot be pinned out and always hides itself. Some power users find themselves moving between several top menu items at a time such as between edit mode and Visitor Groups. The pull down menu at the top of the page takes precious milliseconds to find and click. For power users every millisecond counts right ;)?
So I quickly put a "MenuPin" add-on together that allows users to pin the menu at the top of the EPiServer UI. This works for edit mode only at this point. The pin works the same as pinning the gadget areas in the editor UI:
This post is a quick write up of an issue I noticed when using Google Chrome on a touch screen Windows 8.1 machine when using EPiServer 7.5 and how to solve it.
I was using a Windows 8.1 touch screen laptop with Google Chrome installed to access an EPiServer 7.5 site. I noticed the UI didn't seem to fully work. Specifically the context menus didn't appear when I hovered over blocks with a mouse and also I couldn't drag blocks to rearrange or add a new block. Using a mouse to hover over a block I expected to see this:
I have previously posted about Granular Page Type security in EPiServer using PageTypeSecurityAddOn. This added granular security to page types in EPiServer.
However the client in question also wanted more control over the access rights on langauges too. More specifically they wanted to remove publish rights to a specific langauge in EPiServer. I translated this requirement to mean it should be possible to specify who should have publish rights on a per langauge basis. So I created LanguageSecurityAddOn to address this requirement.
I recently posted about Granular Page Type security in EPiServer using PageTypeSecurityAddOn which I created as part of SecurityPack for EPiServer on CodePlex. After discussions with some collegues I have added some additional features.
I was at a client site and they asked why users could edit a page that they did not have access to create. I asked what they meant and they said they they removed Create access in admin mode for a certain page type but users could still edit pages that were created with that page type. I explained the access was for create permissions only but the client disagreed and thought that if you cannot access a page type then why should you be able to edit it? To be honest, I agreed.
So I decided to create a plug in that resolved the problem. I wanted a plug in that would give me more granular access to page types in EPiServer, to allow me to specify who could edit certain pages types, not just create them. So I created PageTypeSecurityAddOn.
Recently I read an EPiServer forum post about securing EPiServer edit and admin mode. If I understood the post correctly then there is a public facing EPiServer site, using the standard SQL providers. The requirement was to prevent access to edit and admin mode to all but a restricted set of IP addresses.