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Duplicate urlname popup fix using custom script
- Steve McNiven
I had a requirement recently to make a module in which the “Title” and “UrlName” were set based on a date field. This is done in the DynamicContent Updating event automatically. So if the user typed “Bob” in as the title of a new content item it would really be changed to “2018-03-01-05-10AM” on save… physically impossible for the user to make it anything but the date.
So from there the users were to Actions->Duplicate each item and change the dates for each new years content item.
So I encountered a problem in that on duplicate the title and urlname come down EXACTLY as they are on the old item, no appending a 1 or 2 or anything. So when the user changes their date and hits save, they get a nice popup saying “This content item already exists” (because the UrlName is already taken by the item it’s copied from).
If telerik is reading this… maybe please fix this logic :)
So the UrlName field is mirrored automatically to the Title, and you can change this to really be any text field, but the DATE isn’t a test field and will crash if you set the mirror to it.
The fix I came up with is this:
- Add script to the Duplicate view for the content item
- Script polls the urlname field until it sees a value (callback worked)
- Script then uses the MSAjax (🤮) to find the control and invisibly change it’s value
Here is the script
You link it to the specific view by going to /Sitefinity/Administration/Settings/Advanced/ContentView then drilling down to
Then simply add a new script and tell it where it lives and the method name to call after its available (I love that feature, thx guys)
So obviously this is just one use-case but fundamentally you can run anything you want in any view, Insert, Edit, etc.
Please note this will (afaik) only work in the CURRENT < v10.2 Sitefinity, obviously the MSAjax (🤮) $find will not work in the new angular 2 system; docs aren’t out on that yet.