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’.
Version 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’.
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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
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