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Content creators sometimes need to correct errors or typos when they see them on preview of your website or app. Add edit buttons to your app to let your content creators quickly edit content in Kontent.

And to make the authoring experience even better, set up automatic refresh for preview to see the latest changes without any hassle.

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    Use the Smart Link SDK in the preview environment for your web apps to automatically create clickable regions on your pages.

    Clicking the regions will open a specific content item in Kontent. These regions will look similar to what you see in the Codepen example below.

    These regions are based on annotations in your HTML code. For them to work, you need to annotate the HTML with data attributes so that the Smart link SDK knows where the content comes from.

    To create an edit link to a content item in Kontent, the Smart link SDK needs to know several things such as your project ID, language, and content item ID. In your HTML code, you can also provide details about specific elements or components within a content item.

    For example, you can annotate your HTML code like so:

    1. In your website's <body>, specify the project ID using data-kontent-project-id="1d50a0f7-9033-48f3-a96e-7771c73f9683" and language using data-kontent-language-codename="en-US".
    2. In a <div>, specify the content item ID using data-kontent-item-id="af858748-f48a-4169-9b35-b10c9d3984ef".
    3. (Optional) In a <p>, specify the codename of an element using data-kontent-element-codename="body".

    When you initialize the Smart link SDK, it looks at these data attributes and uses them to create a URL such as https://app.kontent.ai/goto/edit-item/project/1d50a0f7-9033-48f3-a96e-7771c73f9683/variant-codename/default/item/af858748-f48a-4169-9b35-b10c9d3984ef/element/body.

    You can also specify identifiers for Kontent components using data-kontent-component-id so that your content creators can enjoy even better editing experience.

    For more specific steps and examples, check out the Smart link SDK usage instructions.

    Make sure you render the data attributes and edit links only in preview environment. In most cases, you want to display the edit links only in a preview environment that your editors can access. You can also use them in production – it's up to you to limit their visibility according to your needs.

    Set up your web app for Add buttons

    The Add buttons in Web Spotlight can be set up in a similar way to edit links:

    1. Provide your project ID, language, and a content item ID.
    2. Specify the element, either a rich text or a linked items element, by using data-kontent-element-codename.
    3. Use data-kontent-add-button to allow rendering of the Add button.
    4. (Optional) Use data-kontent-add-button-render-position to specify the exact location of the Add button on preview.
    5. Define where the new content should be added.
      • For a fixed position within the element, use data-kontent-add-button-insert-position=start|end.
      • For a relative position, use data-kontent-add-button-insert-position=before|after accompanied by data-kontent-item-id or data-kontent-component-id that specifies a linked item or a component before or after which you want to add new content.

    For more specific steps and examples, check out the Smart link SDK usage instructions.

    In native apps that don't return HTML, you need to construct the edit links manually. The edit links are based on a pattern with variables that you fill in based on what content your app displays on preview.

    To create edit links for specific content items, construct URLs with the following structure.

    • HTML
    # Pattern https://app.kontent.ai/goto/edit-item/project/<YOUR_PROJECT_ID>/variant-codename/<LANGUAGE_CODENAME>/item/<ITEM_ID> # Example https://app.kontent.ai/goto/edit-item/project/8d20758c-d74c-4f59-ae04-ee928c0816b7/variant-codename/en-US/item/4d4dc14d-8c7c-471f-b797-c6694c604964
    # Pattern https://app.kontent.ai/goto/edit-item/project/<YOUR_PROJECT_ID>/variant-codename/<LANGUAGE_CODENAME>/item/<ITEM_ID> # Example https://app.kontent.ai/goto/edit-item/project/8d20758c-d74c-4f59-ae04-ee928c0816b7/variant-codename/en-US/item/4d4dc14d-8c7c-471f-b797-c6694c604964

    To create edit links to specific elements within items, extend URL to a content item above with information about the specific element.

    • HTML
    # Pattern https://app.kontent.ai/goto/edit-item/project/<YOUR_PROJECT_ID>/variant-codename/<LANGUAGE_CODENAME>/item/<ITEM_ID>/element/<ELEMENT_CODENAME> # Example https://app.kontent.ai/goto/edit-item/project/8d20758c-d74c-4f59-ae04-ee928c0816b7/variant-codename/en-US/item/4d4dc14d-8c7c-471f-b797-c6694c604964/element/related_articles
    # Pattern https://app.kontent.ai/goto/edit-item/project/<YOUR_PROJECT_ID>/variant-codename/<LANGUAGE_CODENAME>/item/<ITEM_ID>/element/<ELEMENT_CODENAME> # Example https://app.kontent.ai/goto/edit-item/project/8d20758c-d74c-4f59-ae04-ee928c0816b7/variant-codename/en-US/item/4d4dc14d-8c7c-471f-b797-c6694c604964/element/related_articles

    When users click the edit links, Kontent checks if the user has access to the specified content item and element.

    Interactive example

    You can also link to a content item nested in a linked items or rich text element in another item. The structure of the linked relationship will be reflected in Kontent in the breadcrumbs for easy navigation.

    • HTML
    # Pattern https://app.kontent.ai/goto/edit-item/project/<YOUR_PROJECT_ID>/variant-codename/<LANGUAGE_CODENAME>/item/<ITEM_ID>/element/<ELEMENT_CODENAME>/item/<NESTED_ITEM_ID>/element/<ELEMENT_CODENAME> # Example https://app.kontent.ai/goto/edit-item/project/8d20758c-d74c-4f59-ae04-ee928c0816b7/variant-codename/en-US/item/4d4dc14d-8c7c-471f-b797-c6694c604964/element/related_articles/item/29b82988-fb9e-4327-a34b-b568cfaa39e9/body
    # Pattern https://app.kontent.ai/goto/edit-item/project/<YOUR_PROJECT_ID>/variant-codename/<LANGUAGE_CODENAME>/item/<ITEM_ID>/element/<ELEMENT_CODENAME>/item/<NESTED_ITEM_ID>/element/<ELEMENT_CODENAME> # Example https://app.kontent.ai/goto/edit-item/project/8d20758c-d74c-4f59-ae04-ee928c0816b7/variant-codename/en-US/item/4d4dc14d-8c7c-471f-b797-c6694c604964/element/related_articles/item/29b82988-fb9e-4327-a34b-b568cfaa39e9/body

    No edit links for Kontent components

    You can't link directly to elements nested in Kontent components. You can only link to the highest-level rich text element in which the component is nested.

    Automatically refresh preview in Web Spotlight

    Automatic refresh in Web Spotlight makes live-editing easier by automatically updating the preview after each content change, without having to do this manually.

    For your web apps to support automatic refresh for the preview, make sure that your preview environment:

    1. Uses the latest version of the Smart Link SDK (autorefresh is supported from version 2.2.0).
    2. Has the X-KC-Wait-For-Loading-New-Content header set to true when fetching data from the Delivery Preview API.

    If both previously mentioned conditions are met, Web Spotlight will wait for your changes to be ready via the Delivery Preview API, and after that, the preview will be refreshed automatically.

    Implement a custom refresh handler

    In some cases, simply refreshing the page might not be enough. For example, if you use a static site generator for your preview, you need to trigger the rebuild of the page before refreshing it. Or maybe you don't want to refresh the entire page when a single item has been updated and would rather re-render only the affected place in the UI.

    That's why the Smart Link SDK supports the custom refresh handler, which allows you to specify how your web page reacts to refresh events received from Web Spotlight.

    • TypeScript
    import KontentSmartLink, { KontentSmartLinkEvent } from '@kentico/kontent-smart-link'; const sdk = KontentSmartLink.initialize({ ... }); sdk.on( KontentSmartLinkEvent.Refresh, (data, metadata, originalRefresh) => { // Custom refresh logic goes here // ... originalRefresh(); // If you want to refresh the page at the end } );
    import KontentSmartLink, { KontentSmartLinkEvent } from '@kentico/kontent-smart-link'; const sdk = KontentSmartLink.initialize({ ... }); sdk.on( KontentSmartLinkEvent.Refresh, (data, metadata, originalRefresh) => { // Custom refresh logic goes here // ... originalRefresh(); // If you want to refresh the page at the end } );

    The Changes are ready status in Web Spotlight is displayed when the changes are available in the Delivery Preview API, not when the preview page has already been refreshed. If your custom refresh handler takes some time to finish, make sure to inform your users by displaying a loader or message inside the preview.

    For more information about implementing your custom refresh handler, check out the Smart Link SDK usage instructions.

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