28 Jun 2008
01 Dec 2008
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We need to add onto an existing Sitefinity website. We need a system developed whereby a user can add a new page to a Sitefinity site using the CMS interface, save it in a specific location (within the CMS system), and using presumably a custom module, or customized Sitefinity process to be able to read from that save location folder all of the names of the files saved, their date stamp, and then present the list in three different formats on other pages as required. The Three formats are:
Random summary list of 5, containing the title, a thumbnail, the first 'x' words. Each item in the list would link to the main story display section of the site to display the full article.
Ordered summary list of 5 (as above) but sorted by date, configurable, (old to new or new to old)
Page list summary (link page showing 20 summaries, with thumbnail, pageable). This would be a separate full page instead of a sidebar module, and links would go to, or load in a pop up the detail view of the article content.
This project may be accomplished using/extending built in controls (like the news module) or by custom coding of a module, or a combination of both.
My question is really about determining the best, and simplest approach: should we modify the news component, and have posts be stored as news, should we just develop a completely custom module(s)? I have the feeling like this project could be accomplished with fairly simple customization within the framework of SF itself with minimal if any programming, but I am most interested in hearing back from the community about on the ground experience and approaches for this type of scenario.
Thanks in advance,