3 Quick Tips for Kentico Content Editors

By Tyler Stirtz On May 15, 2019

3 Quick Tips for Kentico Content Editors
Kentico is a great CMS that has so many great features, for both content editors and developers. However, with any new system, the interface can be overwhelming.  As a content editor that is new to Kentico, the Administrator interface can take some time to get used to until you jump in and start finding where everything is located. It can be difficult and sometimes very time consuming trying to find what you are looking for. The purpose of this blog post is to give those content editors a few tips on editing form fields, enabling web analytics, and ensuring that content isn’t affecting the site’s performance. 

Editing Form Fields

As a content editor, you probably spend most of your time living in the Pages application of Kentico, either editing content via the page tab or the form tab. But what if you want to edit the fields of a form that you have on a particular page? Kentico makes this very easy for content editors, without needing to change any code.
  1. Navigate to the Forms application. 
  2. Once you are in the Forms application, click the edit button next to the form that you want to edit. 
There are two ways that you as a Kentico content editor can add, edit, and delete fields from the Forms application, via the Fields tab or via the Form Builder tab. 

Option 1: Fields

  1. Click on Fields in the side menu. This will allow you to edit the fields that are a part of the form. Including adding new fields and deleting unwanted ones. 

  2. Next, select the field that you want to edit. In this case, we are going to edit a radio button form control. Say, for example, you realize you want to change the label in addition to adding another option to select. These are two simple things that you, as a content editor can do. 
In Kentico, the label of the form field is called the Field caption and it is located under the Field appearance section. 

Editing “List of Options” (Radio Buttons, Dropdowns, Multiple Choice)

Another very simple thing to change in Kentico as a content editor is the list of options for a radio button, dropdown, or multiple choice input. 
  1. While still on the same page in the Kentico Admin interface, scroll down to the Editing control settings. 
  2. In the Data source text box, as long as List of options is selected, you can easily change the options that are displayed to the user. Note: if Macro expression or SQL Query is selected you will probably want to contact a Kentico Developer to edit the options for you. 

    Adding a new option is as simple as adding the text on a new line within the Data source text area. Be sure to add each new option to a new line.
  3. Save your changes and navigate to the Pages application within Kentico and view the page that contains the form that you just updated.  
You can see that the radio buttons within the form are now updated to reflect the changes you just made in the Forms application within Kentico. Simple as that! 

In addition, if you want a different value to be submitted with your form than what is displayed in the radio buttons you can easily do this. First, you type out the value you would like to be submitted with the form, followed by a semicolon, then the value you want to be displayed as the label of the radio button. Below is an example of how to do this. You can see “Wholesale” and  “Becoming a wholesale partner” are separated by a semicolon.  In this example, if the user selected this option, “Wholesale” is the value that would be submitted with the form, while “Becoming a wholesale partner” is displayed to the user. 

Option 2: Form Builder

Another way to edit, add, and delete your options for radio buttons, dropdowns, and multiple choice is through the Form Builder.

Select the form field that you are wanting to edit. This will bring up a menu on the right that will allow you to edit this field. Here you can easily add, delete, and edit options. The Form Builder gives you a quick and easy way to edit form fields, although the Fields tab gives you more control over each individual field of your form. 

If you are looking for further functionality to your forms, such as a way to track leads you get from the forms on your site to your CRM software, check out Connect for Kentico. Connect for Kentico allows you to connect your form fields directly to your CRM software such as Microsoft Dynamics Online and Zoho.

Note About Editing Forms

Beyond changes mentioned in the steps above, be sure to check with your developer before you make changes beyond what is outlined here, as other changes could potentially break the functionality or design of your form.  

Enabling Web Analytics in Kentico

Tracking traffic on your website can provide extremely valuable data that can be used for many different reasons, all with the end goal of driving your business forward. For example, say you just added a new call to action button to your website in the hopes that it will drive traffic to your e-commerce page. With the data obtained by enabling web analytics, built right into Kentico, you can easily see the effectiveness of this new feature in driving traffic to your businesses e-commerce site. 

1. First thing we want to do is navigate to the Setting application in the Kentico admin interface to enable web analytics. 

In the side menu,  navigate to On-line marketing -> Web analytics. Be sure that you have the correct site selected that you wish to enable web analytics for. There are two check boxes associated with the Enable web analytics option. One is explicitly labeled and if checked will enable web analytics based on whether or not it is enabled in the global settings. You can easily check this by changing the site in the side menu dropdown to (global). The second checkbox will enable web analytics for the specific site you have selected and will log the data to the modules within the Web analytics application within Kentico. Be sure to save your changes before exiting the Settings application. 

2. Next, we will navigate to the Web analytics application.

The landing page of the Web analytics application displays widgets which display the analytics data in different graphs, tables, etc. You can add new widgets to display the data that you care about. Continuing with the example above, I want to know if the e-commerce page views have increased after implementing a new call to action button. We can view this data without even having to create a new widget. In the side menu go to Content -> Page views. Here you can view a graph of the total page views across your site over time, and a table breakdown of the number of views per page. You are also able to pick a date range that you would like to view. This gives us a quick overview of the page view data so we could quickly see if our call to action button was effective in driving more traffic to our e-commerce page. 

Image File Size and Site Performance

This next tip isn’t specific to Kentico but could potentially improve the performance of your site. As a Kentico content editor, you are probably uploading a lot of images to media libraries to be used on your site. Image file size can have a drastic effect on the load time of the pages on your site. As someone that is new to the content editing game, this could be something that you were unaware of.  Well, fear not! There are countless tools online that make it quick and easy to not only resize images but also compress the file size of these images. 

One of these tools is squoosh.app. Not only is it fun to say, but it is a breeze to use! Just drag and drop the file of the image you are going to upload to Kentico. Squoosh.app will show you the original file size on the left and the resulting file size based on your changes and file compression on the right. 

Above you can see the massive difference in the file size! Keep in mind that the difference in file size will depend on the original size of the image and whether or not you resize your image. I would suggest resizing the image to be as close as possible to the size it will be on your website. If you are unsure what those dimensions are, reach out to the Kentico developer that is developing your site and ask for image dimension suggestions. 

Resizing your images becomes really important especially when you are using royalty free images that you downloaded from the internet. Often times, the dimensions of these images are massive and therefore the file size of these images will be massive. If you don’t resize and compress these images before uploading them to your Kentico media library and then adding them to a page on your website, the page containing this image could load very slowly. This poor loading time is bad UX and could cause a user to give up and leave your site. So the moral of the story is, resize, compress and then upload! 

Hopefully these quick tips will help make your job as a Kentico content editor a little easier, improve the performance of your website,  while also giving you some powerful features to utilize.
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Tyler began his career in healthcare but quickly realized he was missing out on the creativity and logical aspect that computer programming provides. Shortly after that realization, Tyler decided to pursue his long-running interest in coding as a career, and he loves every second of it! Outside of BizStream, you can find Tyler backpacking, coding up a new project at home, playing video games, or exploring new breweries with friends. 

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