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Sitecore 8 how-to: Adding new applications to the launch pad

VP, Technology and Solution Delivery

October 06, 2014

In our continued examination of Sitecore's newest release, we provide a step-by-step methodology for adding applications to the new and improved Sitecore launch pad.

The release of Sitecore 8 has been a key topic of conversation around the water cooler here at Valtech since it was announced at this year's Sitecore Symposium. We've already taken a look at Sitecore's move to a more strategic marketing and data driven platform and their new and improved user interface. The next set of posts from our Valtech digital team will take a look at how to accomplish some specific tasks within Sitecore 8. First up- adding applications to the new Sitecore launch pad.

Adding a Sitecore launch pad button

In the Core database add a button or section to the area:  /sitecore/client/Applications/Launch Pad/PageSettings/Buttons

In the screen below I duplicated the Security item to create the nonlinear item:

(1) Siteocre 8-security item.png

(2) Siteocre 8-launch pad.png

The order of the groups controls their display order on the Launch Pad.

The button definition itself is pretty straight forward: name, icon and link.

(3) Sitecore 8- item.png

Now if you want to get really creative, you can also register you own controls on the Launch Pad. If you look at the presentation details of /sitecore/client/Applications/Launch Pad you can modify this to add/remove controls. We see huge value in this to create customized dashboards, particularly if you consider custom access rights for controls.

(4) Sitecore 8- renderings.png

For simpler changes the /sitecore/client/Applications/Launch Pad/PageSettings/LaunchPad points you to the CSS of the Launch Pad.

(5) Sitecore 8- CSS.png

We hope you found this helpful.

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