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OpenText enhancements with the rdQuery Framework – Finally RedDot CMS with less clicks!


I have been enhancing RedDot projects using custom scripts for over 8 years now.
A lot of RedDot CMS developers have a great understanding of Javascript and CSS.
So here’s my nifty little gift for you.

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Fork the entire plugin including demo OpenText project from GitHub.

Screenshot #1 – All page information easily accessible

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The toolbar displays details around page creator, last update, page ID and a range of SEO settings. It also allows to send an email to the current editor of the page containing basic information about the page.

Screenshot #2 – Page creation with simple template selector

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With just one click (no open page / close page / select template, etc rubbish) a page can be created. This saves up to 7 clicks per page created.

Screenshot #3 – Create content blocks with one click

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The same goes for content blocks, the number and type of blocks can be controlled via a simple content class.

Screenshot #4 – Content block status and delete with one click

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Without opening a page block one can now see the release status and the removal of a block is a one click task. (Note: This can be deactivated of course)

Demo #1 – Page creation made easy

Demo #2 – Create and remove content blocks with only a few clicks

The idea for this was born around 2008/2009 and Kim Dezen already had his own version published a while back. I wanted a simple to integrate option with only a few lines of code. So here it is. Free for everyone to use, make sure you share enhancements via Git.

Requirements

  • OpenText v11 (can also work with 7.5, 9 and 10, just look into the source code)
  • A small change to the web.config but maybe Jian knows a better way
  • Javascript and CSS knowledge

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Fork the entire plugin including demo OpenText project from GitHub.

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About the author:

Markus Giesen Markus Giesen is a Solutions Architect and RedDot CMS Consultant, formerly based in Germany. Travelling around the world to find and offer solutions for a better world (in a very web based meaning). He just found a way to do this as part of a Melbourne based online consultant house. On this blog Markus shares his personal (not his employers) thoughts and opinions on CMS and web development. In his spare time you will find him reading, snowboarding or travelling. Also, you should follow him on Twitter!

Discussion

3 comments for “OpenText enhancements with the rdQuery Framework – Finally RedDot CMS with less clicks!”

  1. Nice Markus, running similar enhancements myself. Maybe one day they’ll build this kind of functionality into the product (…I won’t hold my breath).

    Posted by RustyLogic | October 25, 2012, 2:07 pm
  2. Hat tip Markus, I appreciate the effort that has gone into this.

    We must catch up soon (I know I keep saying that).

    Dan

    Posted by Danny Baggs | October 25, 2012, 3:53 pm
  3. Great stuff. I love the way you can create and delete content blocks and their workflow status is displayed…

    Posted by Heiko | October 26, 2012, 12:13 am

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