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  1. Add support for HTML5 input types

    Please add support for html5 input types such as:

    type=datetime, email, number, tel, url, etc

    Currently, the kentico textboxes only support single-line, multi-line and password. Trying to create form controls that utilize any of the other textmode types (such as phone, email, number, datetime, url etc, etc) does not work.

    This will improve UX, particularly when filling out forms on mobile platforms, and is requested more and more often.

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      21 comments  ·  Platform  ·  Admin →

      Hello,

      Next version of Kentico will contain a new HTML5 input form control. This control supports most available HTML Input Types, with exceptions for types that are not compatible with Kentico forms. For example, the email, password, datetime-local and tel input types are all supported, but the submit and reset types are not.

      To use the default HTML5 input form control, you need to select it as the form control of a field in the field editor, and then configure any required attributes.

      You can use inheritance to create custom HTML5 input form controls that allow form editors to create specific types of input fields without any advanced configuration (for example in the Form builder). You predefine the input type and attribute values when creating the inherited controls (using Form Control UI, without custom code).

    • Enhanced smartsearch filter, with resultcount per filter

      The facetted search should be extended with an option to show the number of results per filter item. (ListControls)

      When one of the filter items is clicked, these numbers should change, and if the number of results would be zero, the listitem (eg. checkbox) should be disabled.

      Items which return no results at all (at !IsPostback), should be removed at all.

      For instance:
      Category
      [ ] Financial (1)
      [ ] Marketing (3)
      [ ] Web (1)

      Document type
      [ ] Download (2)
      [ ] News (3)
      [ ] Product (4)

      When filter changes:

      Category
      [x] Financial (1)
      [ ] Marketing…

      169 votes
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        12 comments  ·  Platform  ·  Admin →

        Hi all, we are currently working on this one. I will keep you updated via this comment feed. The first approach is to integrate with Azure search and leverage its faceted search abilities.

      • Data Encryption

        Allow option to have bizform and custom table data be stored in an encrypted format.

        167 votes
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          17 comments  ·  Platform  ·  Admin →
        • Add Privilege level that will allow access to Global applications based on roles

          There is a need to allow users access to global applications for editing and maintenance of a sites but allowing them the unrestricted access that the Global Administrator privilege offers is a risk. There is a need to have a privilege level that allowed access to global applications based on roles and permissions. As a custom solution provider we run across this need on every project.

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          • Use dependency injection (DI) in the API/code to allow for better testability.

            It is difficult to test customized code, especially the e-commerce providers, without DI because it requires the testing code to be running the entire site with full database state. It is only possible to test in isolation by creating lots of mocks and stubs which reverse engineering the necessary calls based on what is being tested.

            119 votes
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              13 comments  ·  Platform  ·  Admin →
            • Email Templates header and footer.

              Have the ability to have global headers and footers in email templates. It is a boring job to theme EVERY email on a social site ;-)

              109 votes
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                5 comments  ·  Platform  ·  Admin →
              • Allow Javascript Files from the CMSSiteManager -> Development -> Javascript Files to be Content Staged

                Right now there are no staging tasks logged when you edit a Javascript file in CMSSiteManager in Kentico 7. It would sure be nice to content stage these files just like the rest of the objects in CMSSiteManager.

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                  7 comments  ·  Platform  ·  Admin →
                • The Administration UI should be available on mobile devices

                  You should be able to effectively use the Administration UI on tablets and other mobile devices

                  82 votes
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                    16 comments  ·  Platform  ·  Admin →
                  • Rollback option for staging

                    Allow me to rollback of objects which were staged in a staging task

                    74 votes
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                      9 comments  ·  Platform  ·  Admin →
                    • Always store dates/times in UTC (in the database)

                      Currently dates and times are stored in the database using the time zone specified by the "Server time zone" setting. This is dangerous and hugely problematic, especially for any site that wishes to use or display times in more than one time zone. And it makes determining durations between times practically impossible. This is because local times can have "gaps" because of daylight savings time.

                      The benefit to always using UTC times is HUGE:

                      1. There is absolutely no ambiguity (that, in itself, should be enough).

                      2. Calculating durations is extremely simple. The time span from 1:30AM UTC to 2:30AM…

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                        10 comments  ·  Platform  ·  Admin →
                      • SASS Support for Editor

                        The text editor in Kentico 8 supports a lot of different languages and markup, but it'd be nice if it supported SASS.

                        Everything I've read points to SASS being more prominent than LESS, and with the ability to create a CSS Preprocesser the most limiting part is that the editor makes a mess of the colors when trying to use SASS syntax.

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                          4 comments  ·  Platform  ·  Admin →
                        • Whitelist IP's through CMSSiteManager

                          Ability to Whitelist IPs for CMSDesk/CMSSiteManager access.  Possibly even extend Whitelist to User Roles.

                          46 votes
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                            7 comments  ·  Platform  ·  Admin →
                          • Truly clean minimum install

                            It would be awesome to have the ability to install a minimum install WITHOUT the media libraries, templates, page types, etc. that are in the installer for the starter sites. These files, etc. should only be included if you select the starter site that needs them.

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                            • Replace outdated authentication approach with OWIN & Asp.Net Identity

                              Leverage ASP.Net identity and OWIN to futureproof Kentico for .Net 5. Approach / Benefits:

                              OWIN

                              - Replace the Kentico bootstrapping process with an OWIN pipeline.
                              - Register Kentico modules via OWIN pipeline, for example the URL Rewriting engine and Kentico’s own Web API implementation.
                              - Follows “API-first” ideology.
                              - Provides developers with a great deal of control over the pipeline and intercepting requests via custom middleware.
                              - Can support backwards compatibility via custom middleware to keep existing features available (like RequestEvents).

                              ASP.Net Identity

                              - Replace the standard WebForms authentication with Identity cookie uthentication: http://brockallen.com/2013/10/24/a-primer-on-owin-cookie-authentication-middleware-for-the-asp-net-developer/
                              - Standardised framework.
                              - Free wins…

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                                4 comments  ·  Platform  ·  Admin →
                              • Add role permission to access Email Queue

                                At the moment is not possible to access the Email Queue unless you have administrator privileges. It would be great to grant access to the Email Queue app for previewing email status to roles different to the Global Administrator.

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                                  17 comments  ·  Platform  ·  Admin →

                                  Hello,

                                  We are currently elaborating on this idea. The current plan how to solve this is to implement a read and modify permission for email queue. However, the email queue will also contain sensitive emails such as password reset with a reset link.

                                  Is the idea with a restricted view of email body sufficient? It means that view email body action will be allowed only to the Global Administrator.

                                  Any feedback on this is appreciated.

                                  Regards,

                                  Michal Kadak
                                  Platform Product Owner

                                • Show name of the sender instead of email address when sending email via API

                                  It would be great if there would be a possibility to show name of the sender in the FromEmail field when sending emails via API.

                                  18 votes
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                                  • Update integrated Captcha(s) to be state-of-the-art

                                    The built-in Captchas are very simple and for years now easily broken by the bots.

                                    In V8 there was added the "old" recaptcha - but it has a bad usability, often even human users are not able to give the correct answer.

                                    The only solution is to use a newer captcha from the Kentico marketplace.

                                    But it is usable only on forms.
                                    To use it as a "core captcha", you have to modify the core-code of MessageBoard Webparts, Blog Post Comment-Webpart and so on.
                                    This is not that easy and breaks any way the possibility to install updates/bug fixes...

                                    So,…

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                                    • Report permissions

                                      There needs to be a way to manage access to report categories or particular reports using user role permissions.

                                      We are often creating reports that agregarte data across mutiple sites and these should not be avialbale to all editors on all sites just because they need to have access to other site level reports.

                                      17 votes
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                                      • Add .net 4.5 framework async support

                                        It would be great if support for async requests / methods was added to the internal API, web forms/controls & Kentico's MVC implementation.

                                        This would obviously be a paradigm shift for many developers but Microsoft has already shown how to manage having both async and synchronous APIs existing side-by-side to allow the most flexibility for developers.

                                        I realize that Kentico makes great use of caching which helps alleviate heavy loads on the database but there are times, with highly dynamic sites, where querying the database is required.

                                        Business logic calls to System.Net.WebClient would also benefit from utilizing a full async…

                                        16 votes
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                                          4 comments  ·  Platform  ·  Admin →

                                          Hi, Thank you very much for this idea.

                                          Code/API tweaks like this have to be done with caution and piece by piece. I am wondering what concrete scenarios required the async API in some way. Could you be so kind as to describe what did you implement with a need of async API?

                                          Maybe an async version of ObjectQuery could be just enough.

                                          Thank you

                                          Regards,

                                          Michal Kadak
                                          Platform Product Owner

                                        • Azure retry logic

                                          It would be great if Kentico implemented a retry logic for queries and calls. This would be especially beneficial when running on Azure because transient errors occur quite often in this kind of environment and it is strongly recommended that you should never rely on a successful finish of any operation and rather implement a retry logic instead.

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