Sitecore XPath Builder
One of the defining characteristics of a Content Management System (in my humble opinion) is the ability to actually manage large amounts of content. In the case of Sitecore, there are some underlying architectural niceties which make this task far easier. The biggest one is the fact that there is a hierarchical tree structure, which is exposed via an API which easily allows for relationship-based querying. One of the ways this hierarchy is exposed is via XPATH. Because XPATH is an extremely powerful language for querying, it’s also very complex to ensure you have built your queries correctly, so Sitecore provided a tool to help with this task.
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Sitecore Content Tree
One of the main concepts in Sitecore (and many other CMS systems) is the concept of the hierarchical content tree. The concept of hierarchy is an important form of metadata, allowing for a clear method of categorizing content.
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Sitecore Access Viewer
Some CMS systems have an extremely granular view of content. Sitecore provides a number of controls to manage and understand security permissions. The Access Viewer is used to select a role or account (not shown) and determine what permissions they have to items. This interface is separate from that which allows the ability to set permissions.
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Sitecore Broken Links warning dialog
Even in the era of Content Management (emphasis on the “management”) broken links or references continue to plague content authors. Sitecore is kind enough to provide a “links database” which is a specialized search index that handles all sorts of management tasks, but also will have a record of incoming references to a content item. If that item is about to be deleted, the user is prompted and given a number of options of how to alter or ignore all the incoming links to that item before being allowed to delete it.
Sitecore Source Property
The Sitecore source property is used in an endless number of contexts within Sitecore. In this example, it’s a property on the Multilist field “UpComingNews”. It’s one of my favourite “clever” bits of Sitecore in that it can take an amazing number of formats. You can choose a node in the Content Tree, or use a complex XPath or search query, or in this case, it actually references a custom class.
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