Prompt User to Select/Create Datasource Item when inserting Rendering via Page Editor

In a recent question that popped up on Stackoverflow, the user was trying to add some content via the Page Editor, but if the datasource was not set they were using code to create a child item under the current item and set that to the datasource. I suggested setting the Datasource Location and Datasource Template fields on the Rendering and just let the user handle the action via the “Select the Associated Content” dialog.

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a good blog post which covered the information I was trying to portray, or my Google skills were lacking a bit. For those seasoned Sitecore developers, this should be pretty second nature, but hopefully useful info for those new to Sitecore and finding their way around.

The following is out-of-the-box functionality, and provides a very user friendly way to add a component to a page and then associate existing or create a new item of a predefined template.

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User Specific or Multi Site Specific CSS styles in Sitecore Rich Text Editor

Following a question on Stackoverflow about filtering the css classes shown in the Rich Text Editor control, I thought I would share some simple code which is useful in various scenarios.

The RTE control used in Sitecore is Telerik RadEditor. The implementation is very flexible, and a lot of the configuration can be changed by changing the profile in the core database under /sitecore/system/Settings/Html Editor Profiles. You can easily switch the profile used on a per field basis by setting the source on the field definition:

RTE-Field-Source

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Custom Sitecore field for storing Key/Value Data with Lookups

On a recent question about storing custom field attributes for a field in Sitecore on Stackoverflow just over a week ago I suggested looking at the Name Value List and Name Lookup List field types. I have to admit that I have never used this field before, but knew of their existence and the general premise of the field.

Name Value List field

If you are unaware of this field, it allows you to store Key/Value pairs of data. The underlying raw value of the field is then stored as url type parameters:

key1=value1&key2=value2&key3=value3

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