Sitecore 8.2 – Applying Rendering and Sublayout Settings from Experience Editor

One Sitecore Best Practices is on rendering and sublayouts is to make use of all the setting that are available to make Content Author lives more friendly, namely:

  • Setting a thumbnail which is displayed when they select a component to add
  • Restrict the datasource location to allow better grouping of content types and direct authors towards where datasources should be created to help keep everything organised
  • Associate a template with the component so the correct datasource type is created
  • Setting Compatible Renderings to allow authors to easily switch between renderings without causing errors
  • Make use of Experience Editor/WebEdit Buttons to add custom funtionality

Did Vasiliy do a Friday Best Practice on this yet?

Anyway, we agree that this:

03. Select Rendering with Thumbnail

Looks better and is more user friendly than this!

03. Select Rendering without Thumbnail

Previously this had to all be set from the Content Editor. Not especially a big problem since this is a developer lead task and should always be set. But if you notice something is amiss then when you are adding content then you have to switch back, find the component and then add the settings.

Sitecore 8.2 now gives us the ability to update a lot of these settings directly from the Experience Editor. Simply select the component and select Edit Experience Editor Options from the component webedit toolbar.

01. Experience Editor WebEdit Button

You can then edit these settings from the modal:

02. Expeience Editor Options Modal

It’s the little things.

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