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Sitefinity 4.0 CTP - How to add widgets to Sitefinity

by Gabe Sumner

This video takes a very quick look at how to add custom widgets (or controls) to Sitefinity 4.0.   This is meant to be an introduction video and we'll only be creating a very basic Hello World style control to demonstrate the core concepts.  More advanced topics will be covered in later videos.

View the full-sized video at Telerik TV.

The content of this video is probably really basic stuff for most of you.  However, I’m experimenting with formats for these videos.  We would like to have a very full library of 4.0 videos that examine how to accomplish a variety of tasks. 

This is my first attempt.  Let me know what you think of this format. 


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  1. ColdCold Jun 05, 2010
    The end of this video repeats some of the content from the middle of the video.  Minor editing mistake, I'm sure...
  2. Gabe Sumner Jun 05, 2010
    Yeah, I noticed this after I got home.  From home I don't have access to the original recording files and I'm leaving for New Orleans tomorrow for a conference (TechEd).  I'll fix this after I get back.  Thanks for the heads up though.  Sorry about the sloppy editing.  :(
  3. Jeroen van Onzen Jun 07, 2010
    Hi Gabe,

    videos are great for first-time users, but for more exprerienced users who wants to know a single detail, they are very long.

    A real disadvantage is that video's can't be searched (and you don't know if a single property/field will be mentioned during the video).

    For me; the ideal solution is screenshots (or small video's of one minute) with text 
  4. Gabe Sumner Jun 08, 2010
    Hi Jeroen,

    These videos certainly won't replace traditional documentation.  The documentation will have the screenshots and searchable text that you describe.  In addition, I'll probably try to include the code I use inside the video alongside the video (in a format that can be copied and pasted).

    For a bit of background, we ran some surveys lately to gauge the types of learning resources people prefer.  To broadly generalize, the results looked something like this:

    1.  Documentation - learn by instruction
    2.  Demos - learn by example
    3.  Videos - learn by demonstration

    The goal is to have good solutions for all of these learning styles.  Thoughts and suggestions are welcome!
  5. GSS Aug 18, 2010
    Hi Gabe,

    I looked at the video, added a control via Configurations like you did,  but it is not showing up at design time when I try to edit a page.

    Also, where is the control actually uploaded?

    Many Thanks
  6. Andrei Nov 03, 2010
    brilliant, thank you. now i want to see some videos that show how to attach WebEditors to public properties, like selecting a page to navigate to or a document from the library.

    Thank you very much,
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