Choose a Sitecore Placeholder Name Instead of Typing V2

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Earlier this year, I released my first Sitecore module “Placeholder Dropdown“.  It changes the placeholder name input text box into a dropdown when adding a new component to presentation details in the content editor.  It helps you remember if your placeholder name was ‘three-left-col’ or ‘three-col-left’ or ‘three-left-column’.
Download Placeholder Dropdown V2Version 2 is now available in the Sitecore Marketplace!  This version changes the dropdown from a select element into an autocomplete/typeahead dropdown.  This makes it even easier to choose the correct placeholder.  But don’t forget to register your placeholders in the content tree at ‘/sitecore/Layout/Placeholder Settings’ to see them appear in the dropdown list.  Since it is still an input box, you can still override the choice from the dropdown and use a placeholder name that is not in the list.  I find this helpful when I want to temporarily disable a module.  I put it in a placeholder named ‘placeholdername-disabled’.

Placeholder Dropdown Input Box

Notice the ‘add to placeholder’ input is moved to the top of the dialog.

Placeholder Dropdown version 2

The dropdown shows the entire list when focused.

Placeholder Dropdown Autocomplete

When you start typing in the input box, you get autocomplete suggestions for placeholder names.

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I’m already starting work on the next version and have plans for several more updates.

  • Version 3 will add the autocomplete box to the edit rendering dialog
  • Version 4 will scan your views to automatically register placeholder names with Sitecore

Follow me to make sure you are the first to know when there are updates to this new module!  A huge shout out to Sitecore MVP Brandon Bruno for helping me bring this module to life!

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Eric Sanner, Solutions Architect

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