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  1. Migrate documents from one document type to another

    It would be great to be able to migrate documents from one document type to another in CMS Desk (without using the SQL Import tool). This is especially useful when upgrading/overhauling/rearchitecting older Kentico websites.

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      9 comments  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hi, this idea is currently being explored an dwe are looking for the best solution.
      I would like to hear your suggestions regarding this functionality to make this as smooth as possible, please add your comments below the idea:

      What is the most common scenario?
      - Store administrator who needs to change page type of a product
      - Site administrator during site redesign
      - something completely different

      Do you see an urgent need for having this integrated directly into UI:
      - for editors – somewhere in Pages
      - for store admins – somewhere in Ecommerce apps
      - just for global administrator, so that he understands all possible issues that may arise related to system setup, workflow, …
      - no ui, just API

      Do you want some kind of auto-mapping of fields or complete control of the mapping?
      - full control, no logic based on same names
      - auto-mapping would do

    • Provide 'where used' and link checking functionality

      For users it is extremely hard to keep track of links, pages and images.
      Especially when the content tree or medialibrary needs to be restructured.

      I know there is already funtionality which creates aliasses automatically, but in the end that is not a real solution.

      So it would be great if you could see where a specific document or medialibrary-item is used.
      This could be done by analyzing the html which comes from the fckeditor.

      It would also be great if some kind of periodically link checking would be done, so the users get notified if there are any broken…

      211 votes
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        Share your thoughts  ·  2 comments  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • MVC + Portal Model (Widgets)

        I would have like to start using MVC with Kentico since the company I work for prefers MVC pattern over Web Forms. However after talking to Kentico support we found out you can not use the portal model with MVC.

        Is this functionaility planned for any feature release or part of Kentico 8?

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          22 comments  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hello!

          We are currently trying to come up with the best model for enabling Content editors and Marketers to compose parts of pages using widgets also on MVC websites.

          What do you think about the following:

          1. The most important part is to enable business users (Content editors, Marketers) to add and configure components (widgets) in within specific areas (zones) on a page

          2. MVC developers know how to create layoyuts/templates and can do that on their onw, only need to be able to mark part of the layout as a widget area/zone

          3. MVC developers know how to implement reusable components. If there is a unified way to register such components with Kentico to be used in widget areas, there is no need to develop hundreds of out-of-the-box widgets.

          4. The biggest wish for Content editors and Marketersis to be able to influence a section of a specific page,…

        • Select which culture of a document to sync

          On multi-cultural sites, almost all of the time you only want to stage / sync one culture version of a document to the live site.

          Currently this is not possible, and all culture versions of the document are staged across.

          I would like to see either:

          a) each culture change shown as a separate staging item in the queue
          b) ability to define which cultures to stage when performing a sync
          c) or both?

          Open to suggestions on implementation.

          167 votes
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            16 comments  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Hello!

            We are currently exploring this idea and we would like to hear your comments on the following technical proposal:

            When a staging task for a page is logged, culture code of the culture version will be loggged as a separate database field. This information will be used to filter the staging tasks for a specific culture version. There will be a dropdown list filter availbale in the Staging application on Pages tab as well as a column in the listing to identify the culture.

            This way administrator can synchronize only pages in selected culture. Please note that dependencies such as missing parent node for a selected culture version will be handled the very same way as any other dependencies – system ends with an error complaining about missing dependency. You need to make sure that all dependent objects are synchronized in correct order.

            Thanks for your comments!

            David Komarek…

          • Create "pre-configured web parts"

            It would be nice to have an area of the CMSDesk where we could create "pre-configured" web parts. I find that I need to show the same data on multiple pages... and I have to configure the same web part multiple times.

            Page inheritance does not always work. Nor does cloning a web part and setting default values (as suggested in the documentation).

            Let me explain: I have a web part being used in 15 different page templates. I needed to change the OrderBy value and had to do so for all 15 web parts individually.

            It would be nice…

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              Share your thoughts  ·  15 comments  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Limit Widgets allowed in Widget Zone

              Very simple, would be great to be allowed to limit what types of widgets are allowed in Widget zones. This way we can place a widget zone and allow specific widgets in there only (like a footer link widget in the footer area, or a header link widget, etc).

              Would be relatively simple. Add a widget class selector field to a Webpart zone that's set to be a Widget zone, then have the Widget selector filter the available widgets based on that.

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                14 comments  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Hello,

                we are exploring the options on how to limit widgets that can be added to various zones that are available to content editors on the whole web.

                Limiting widgets per zone is one of the most considered options.

                (Please note that the main focus is on the MVC devleopment model)

                If you have any suggestions on what possibilities to limit widgets you would appreciate, please leave a comment below!

                David Komarek
                Product Owner

              • Ability to modify page head section and html tag

                Add ability to modify page head section and html tag from UI without need to modify PortalTemplate.aspx file.

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                  10 comments  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Hello supporters!

                  We are currently exploring this idea and looking for the best solution.

                  To better understand all the related needs, I would like to ask you a few things:

                  1. Can you list the most typical changes you need to make to the page template and its head section?

                  2. Is it ok for you just to be able to modify the Master page or do you need to be able to somehow modify also common pages and their head sections – via their templates?

                  3. Do you prefer to be able to see and modify some markup directly or do think specific web parts with properties that are then injected into the markup are a better solution?

                  4. Who and how often is going to do these changes? The developer suring development phase or a content editor during content authoring process?

                  5. If we only talk about being…

                • Infinite scrolling

                  Instead of a ordinary pager, provide an option to asynchronously load more items when a user scrolls to the bottom of the page - aka. infitine scrolling. I would also like an option to limit how many times it should load the data(make it finite). It would be also helpful If the URL address changes during the async load(HTML5 History API), so a I can send the address to somebody and he/she views the same content as I.

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                    Share your thoughts  ·  7 comments  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Save & Publish button

                    When editing content in CMSdesk there is a Save button and a Publish button. It would be useful to add a button that combines both of these, e.g. "Save & Publish".

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                      Share your thoughts  ·  4 comments  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Exporting a part of the tree

                      It would be great to export a sub set of the tree.
                      As an example export the documents from "~/e-commerce/shoppingcartsteps/%"

                      This way you can easily create an export containing the shoppingcart templates and the documents, so you don't have to create those documents by hand.

                      Would make releases easier in my opinion.

                      Best regards!

                      115 votes
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                        Share your thoughts  ·  5 comments  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Get files url with native extensions (image.jpg and not image.aspx)

                        We need to be able to get the files url with native extensions example ****/image.jpg and not .aspx.
                        we need this to be used with third party sites, for example we are not able to share an image using Facebook as it sees it as a webpage and not an image, so it doesn't generate preview for it.
                        In the other hand we are facing the same issue with a 3rd party pdf viewer that we are using.

                        So allowing the developer to access the url with the native extension will be a great help.

                        thank you

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                          4 comments  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Hello to all supporters!

                          We are currently looking for a way how to move forward with this idea.

                          Currently, Kentico should generate correct extensions (.jpg, .png, …) when you turn on extensionless URLs and use the runAllManagedModulesForAllRequests.

                          https://docs.kentico.com/display/K9/Extensionless+and+custom+URLs

                          1. Did you run into scenarios, where this setup did not work for you? Could you help us by providing examples?

                          2. Is setting the runAllManagedModulesForAllRequests web.config key fine for your solutions? If not, can you share some comments?

                          Thanks a lot in advance!

                          David Komarek
                          Product Owner

                        • Use the HTML5 placeholder attribute for watermark text across all webparts/controls

                          The HTML5 placeholder attribute is well supported in modern browsers and easy to polyfill for older browsers.

                          I would suggest that a polyfill should be implemented by the website developers rather than Kentico.

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                            11 comments  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide better tag managment

                            Given how tags are an important part of content strategy these days, Kentico CMS needs a better way to centrally manage tags so they can be easily updated, deleted, and added to documents, images, and files. The system does list all the tags and provides a way to see all the documents with a given tag, but there is no edit capability.

                            The API does provide a way to manage the tags, but a nice UI is needed for administrators.

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                              5 comments  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Automatically add semantics

                              Allow built in semantics (RDF, Open Graph) for documents, which can be configured easily. So for example a "product" document would automatically output semantic meta data (name, descriptions, photo, price, promotion, localisation information etc) without the CMS editor needing to fill in extra fields. Smart search could also use the meta data to help prioritise the search results. Perhaps there could be a choice in compliance too; facebook open graph, twitter cards, standard open graph etc. Semantics are becoming increasingly important for Web apps and e-commerce - it would be great to see it easily achievable in Kentico without the…

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                                2 comments  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • A Few SEO Options

                                A few seo options that would be nice to have.

                                1. When adding a link to an external site, tick box to add the rel="nofollow" tag.

                                2. Canonical link element. Build the canonical link element settings into the CMS

                                3. Add a tick box option in the document properties - metadata options page to set the following tag: <meta name="robots" content="noindex" />

                                4. Add function so you can manage the robots.txt file direct from the CMS. For multiple site installs could some form of rewriter work to allow a separate robots.txt for each site

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                                • 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…

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                                    1 comment  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add support for Canonical Link Element

                                    In addition to "Redirect document aliases to main URL," (formerly a web.config appSettings directive), I'd like to see an option for "Use Canonical Link Element."

                                    With that option, the URL alias would be honored and persist in the address bar, but an indication of the actual URL would be made as a canonical link element in the <head>:

                                    <link rel="canonical" href=" http://www.example.com/Actual-Url "/>

                                    More information:
                                    http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=139394

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                                      7 comments  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      Hello!

                                      We are currently exploring the possibility to cover this idea. There are few questions related to Canonical links I’d like to ask:

                                      Do you prefer this feature to automatically cover most used scenarios (such as redirections) or do you prefer manual control of Canonical links?

                                      Automatically:

                                      If automatically, what would be the top required scenarios for your projects?

                                      Is the primary concern the variant of the URL (like http vs https, trailing slash vs non-trailing slash?

                                      How do you want to specify the format of the canonical link globally?

                                      Manually:

                                      If manually, then do you consider the Content editor to specify the canonical link using a selector or URL manually?

                                      Is the primary concern a page alias created for a page?

                                      Both:

                                      Is it ok just to handle links within a single site or there is also a need for links to external sites?

                                      Is the scenario covered by…

                                    • 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.

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                                        2 comments  ·  Content Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • HTML Minified

                                        Now only CSS and JavaScript files can control to minified.

                                        Kentico Should add one more feature so that the hrml also can be minified.

                                        Thanks.

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                                        • Neutral cultures and a default fallback culture

                                          Currently you have only one default culture available in Kentico. This option isn't usually sufficient for global web portals, containing content for multiple different languages. Here is the scenario. Let’s have the neutral cultures DE (German), English (EN) and Spanish (ES). Now, these languages can have country (region) specific translations:
                                          Neutral language EN:
                                          EN-US
                                          EN-UK
                                          EN-AU
                                          Neutral language DE:
                                          DE-DE
                                          DE-AT
                                          DE-LU
                                          Neutral language ES:
                                          ES-AR
                                          ES-CO
                                          ES-CR
                                          If you now create some content section, which looks like this, with the content translated into languages in the brackets:

                                          News folder
                                          -News1 (de-de, en-uk)
                                          -News2 (de-lu, es-ar)
                                          -News3 (de-de, de-at, en-us) …

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