Tab Links Control

by Gabe Sumner
Publication date:
Sep 1, 2009, 07:31 AM

Version:
1.0

Compatibility:
  • Sitefinity 3.5

Price: $ 0

Consider the following scenario:

  • I use my Content Management System (CMS) to create a "Marketing" page.
  • I then use the CMS to create an "Advertising Opportunities" page.
  • I now want my "Marketing" page to link to my "Advertising Opportunities" page.

Then you need to alter the page, create a link in RadEditor, and type the URL. 

The problem is that  this procedure doesn't scale.  As your web site becomes bigger & more complex the likelihood that your links will break increases greatly.It also requires that you have meticulous & savvy web editors who won't type an incorrect URL.  As for moving pages, well, forget about it. 

A CMS should never require a person to type a URL to a page native to the CMS.
Nearly every CMS on the market makes this mistake; Sitefinity is no exception.  The CMS itself should take care of these link details.  The only reason I should ever have to type a URL is if I am linking to a URL not managed by the CMS.
If the paragraph above doesn't make sense to you, then I can say with certainty that you've never managed a big web site.  Static links break.  Static links break constantly.  The more web editors you have, the more links will break.  If you have a 1000+ page web site packed with static links then I guarantee you have plenty of broken links. Keeping all of this working is a bit like playing whack-a-mole.