Order of options in Feature drop down menu

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7/25/2011 1:21:37 PM
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Order of options in Feature drop down menu

When you are editing a page and want to add a Feature you need to select it from the Feature drop down menu. I noticed it was not listed in alphabetical order, so it was hard to find what I was looking for. Can you please make this drop down menu sorted alphabetically by name listed in the drop down menu?

Thanks for the consideration!

7/26/2011 8:40:55 AM
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Re: Order of options in Feature drop down menu

Hi Kerry,

I appreciate the feedback but not sure I agree that it should be alphabetical. Currently it is controlled by the sort rank in the feature definition file so developers can influence the position of the feature in the list. My intention was that the most commonly used features such as Html content should be first in the list and infrequently used features should be lower in the list.

If we were to change it I think it would make more sense to sort it by the number of uses of the feature descending and then alphabetically so that the most commonly used features are still at the top.

But I'm not sure that is even needed and it is certainly a lower priority vs other things that need to be worked on.

For the features that ship with mojoPortal I'm open to suggestion about the relative priority of how they should be sorted (ie opinions about which features are most commonly used vs least used) as this could be changed easily form the feature definition files without any development effort.

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Joe

7/26/2011 9:38:38 AM
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Re: Order of options in Feature drop down menu

Joe,

I understand the logic about wanting to put the most used features near the top to make them easily accessible. When reading your response I thought of an idea (since I just read about it yesterday). Would it be easy enough to convert it to a mojoPortal SmartCombo control? Then you can get the functionality of drop down menu, but a user can start typing the name of the control to perform a bit of a search vs having to scroll through the list to find a lesser used Feature.

I have not been using mojoPortal long, but I can assume the list of Features is only bound to get longer and longer.

Thanks again for the consideration.

7/26/2011 10:11:39 AM
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Re: Order of options in Feature drop down menu

Hi Joe, the sorting of features has crossed my mind in the past as well. I've developed a number of custom features, and I've been ranking them 9999 so they sort to the bottom.

Maybe another alternative would be to allow for a user-defined sort order of features? I was thinking it could just be a drag-and-drop page where the administrator reorders the features as desired , and at save time it saves new sort ranks into the DB to reflect the new order. I guess the only issues there would be if sort rank gets overwritten during upgrade, and the need to reorder the features separately for every site in an installation (unless using related sites, maybe).

Jamie

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