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  1. Site wide preview function that takes account of the date

    The existing preview function shows a page as it will appear when scheduled content goes live. As such it takes no real account of the system calendar.
    The idea therefore is to allow the user to alter a calendar offset, such that he or she can see the site as it will appear at some future date. The user would be able to role the calendar forwards to view scheduled changes as time elapses over a period in the future.
    The essential difference between this and the preview mode is that it would show the various phases, so for example…

    58 votes
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    • Kentico MVC Content Only Pages URL Pattern Field Added into New Page Type Wizard

      The New Page Type Wizard asks in Step 2 if you are creating Content Only Page Types. If you check this checkbox, nothing else changes in the Wizard for the remaining 5 steps and it is very easy to forget that the URL Pattern field of the Content Only Page Type should be filled in for MVC sites.

      Suggestion: If the Content Only Page Type is checked in step 2, dynamically show a field that allows you to enter in the URL pattern right then and there (as an optional field).

      22 votes
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      • MVC on Free Edition

        As of version 10 in Kentico, if a Developer wants to host a website built using Kentico CMS using MVC, they need to purchase a license for it.

        This is a barrier for developers to enter and try out Kentico CMS with MVC. Since Kentico recently announced (at the Roadshows) that MVC would become the primary development model in the next version, it makes sense to provide access to this model for new developers in that version. However as it stands, they will be forced to use one of the other, non-preferred development models (Portal, ASPX or Mixed) to evaluate…

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          Hello!

          Thanks for your complete explanation of the need for MVC in the Free edition.

          This seems to be a more common requirement now when we look into MVC further and we are evaluating this change right now.

          I will keep you updated about the progress as we come closer to the next beta.

          David Komarek
          Product Owner

        • Make it possible to use an existing Resource String in the form builder

          If you want to use an existing resource string in for example a label in the form builder, the option is disabled. There is no setting or option to enable it for any role. This looks like a bug, since the option is build in there, but disabled. This is weird and should be fixed a.s.a.p.

          15 votes
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          • Make the web farm licensing more flexible for multi-tenant MVC sites

            Say we have a customer that has a 10-site EMS license.
            We're building MVC sites so we want the CMS in one web application and public-facing MVC site in another web application.
            To separate concerns between the sites as much as possible we'd like to have a single MVC web application for each site in the CMS.
            In the end though, there is only 1 physical servers involved (or Azure App Service plan) that hosts 11 web applications (CMS + 10 MVC applications).

            There is 1 additional web farm server license available for free when working with MVC so right…

            28 votes
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            • Ability to seperate email based on type to different SMTP servers

              Sending all mail generated from Kentico through the same (set of) SMTP server(s) is a bad idea. Why? If marketing emails result in service being throttled by the SMTP service (it happens), it also slows down delivery of transactional email.

              Perhaps this could be set up to send to different sub-domains e.g. mktg.example.com & store.example.com.

              Or email templates have a tag that is used for determining which service they get forward to.

              Either way, this can help to seperate not only issues when they arise, but also reporting etc.

              If Kentico is serious about email marketing, I think this is…

              17 votes
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              • HTML editable text input window in the form tab should be resizeable and responsive

                There is not the possibility to make the input field for the HTML editable text resizeable. It looks out-of-date on the new screens with high resolution.

                12 votes
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                • "Save and Add Another" button in Modules

                  It would be great if we could add a button for "Save and Add Another" to screens built in in the Module section, just like you can for Custom Tables. Without that button it is a clumsy process to save, then go back a screen to click the button to add new.

                  7 votes
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                  • Ability to insert webparts/widgets in between other webparts/widgets (Not only on the bottom)

                    Hello, I'd love to see a way to add a widget above/below an already existing widget when in a widget zone on the Page tab or add a webpart above/below an already existing webpart in the Design tab. Currently, when adding a new widget or webpart to their respective zones, it is automatically placed at the end of the list. This is a hassle when a page is created with many widgets/webparts and then a click and drag is needed to place the item where it needs to go.

                    Thank you,

                    6 votes
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                    • Allow Editor Stylesheet to link to an external file

                      The Css editor for stylesheets is very limited as an editor. As a result, we keep our editor-styles.less with our other .less files and compile it ourselves.

                      Then, I need to open the Kentico CMS and copy the contents of editor-styles.css into the Kentico Editor and save there. Then go back and check the changes.

                      It would be great if we could link to an existing file like we can for webpart files for example.

                      14 votes
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                      • Custom table description

                        It would be nice if you there could be a text description for a custom table. This could be displayed at the top of the table data list to describe the purpose of the table, or to give instructions for data entry.

                        I'm thinking this could be either an additional field under a custom table's "General" settings, or an alternative form (with a custom layout containing only text) using a reserved keyword (like 'filter','insert','update' or 'newculture')

                        3 votes
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                        • Add a field within the Form tab for a 'Review Date' and extend Outdated Pages app

                          Within regulated markets our clients are requesting the ability to trigger notifications / workflows for content which needs to be reviewed rather than unpublish. Currently the only way to achieve this is to use the Outdated Pages app or develop a custom scheduled task. This could be extended with content for review and also trigger a notification email. This would be great to build into the core of the project given the enterprise reach of the product now.

                          9 votes
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                          • Add a culture setting for pre-computing week analytics data

                            Currently the web analytics of Kentico use the en-US culture to store week analytics data. Which means a week starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday by default.

                            If a customer uses a different culture such as nl-NL, the graph period selector uses the international standard of Monday as the start day and Sunday as the last day of the week.

                            Selecting this will however result in a period of 2 weeks, since the weeks are rounded, which can be very confusing for the customer.

                            Preferably there would be an option to select the culture in which the week analytics…

                            34 votes
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                            • Allow multiple category selection in listing and datasource webparts

                              When using a repeater webpart for instance you can only select 1 category. Same is true if you use a documents datasource or a hierarchical viewer webpart. The API allows you to pass in multiple categories when doing a document or object query but we do not have this same ability to do so with any of the out of the box controls.

                              I come across this use case in roughly every other site build. Unfortunately, it isn't available so we end up performing a no-so-fantastic work around by using the API to get what is needed vs. using OOTB…

                              31 votes
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                              • Ability to customize facebook og and twitter card metadata within the existing Metadata section of the Properties tab

                                There is already a functioning area to hold and edit metadata information with good inheritance rules. Can the functionality be expanded to include metadata for common social networks such as facebook and twitter? This is a widely requested feature by clients and the Metadata section in the Properties tab seems like a natural fit.

                                28 votes
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                                • Add "reset to default" button to widget properties pop-up

                                  When setting default values to widget properties that are hidden, there is no way to reset the property value if the widget default values are changed.

                                  For example, when adding 10 instances of a widget, they will have the hidden field values set as defined in the widget properties.
                                  If the default values are then changed, all 10 instances of the widget need to be removed and re-added to the pages.

                                  By introducing a "reset to default" button, the hidden field values (or all field values) could be "refreshed", without the need to re-add the widget.

                                  66 votes
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                                  • The Ability Schedule Webpage Updates

                                    Replace the "Save" button with two buttons: one that says "Publish now" and one that says "Publish later" with the ability to select a date and time for the page to publish the updates.

                                    9 votes
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                                    • search input search term

                                      Smart Search webpart should populate with the search term, if present. This makes it easily recognized that a search was performed, and if there was a typo, the user would see it within the webpart. This has become a standard in searches.

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                                      • Improve widget display in rich text editor

                                        Editors have difficulty differentiating widgets in the rich text editor / CKEditor, especially in large amounts of content. For example, the BlogPostBody field may contain multiple instances of our "Article Image" widget, but they all appear as only an icon.

                                        I don't know what the limitations are, and realize there may be efficiency issues since the lifecycle of the widget and web part have to run for the widget to display, but I'll put forward a couple solution ideas:

                                        Option 1) Have "Show preview in editor" checkbox and preview dimension fields in widget instance properties. Instead of the widget thumbnail,…

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                                        • CSS List Menu - Additional Class Property for <ul>

                                          As you know, you can add css selectors to first, last, hover, mouseout, mouseover, and even add an id to the <ul>, within the web part properties.

                                          But why do you not allow css selectors to be added to the <ul>? jQuery is the only option to add classes to the <ul>.

                                          Just a suggestion, since you already have so many places to add css classes. Why not on the <ul> too? Also, because of better css techniques, you don’t really need many of the other options for adding css classes, if you have a class at the top level…

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