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Web Spotlight

Web Spotlight is an additional tool for Kentico Kontent focused on website management. Feel the power of a headless CMS while enabling your content creators to produce and update content in the context of your website.

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    Put your web in the spotlight

    What are the main benefits you'll get when using Web Spotlight?

    • Seeing the hierarchy of a website in a page tree
    • Creating new pages from the page tree
    • Previewing of changes in Kontent
    • Live-editing pages from the preview

    Overall, Web Spotlight brings ease to the authoring experience for website creators. As Kontent is still the engine behind Web Spotlight, you can use all of its headless CMS advantages:

    • Reusing content across all channels
    • Reusing content in different places
    • API-first content with multiple SDKs available

    What Web Spotlight looks like

    Web Spotlight is a separate section in Kontent. This way, you can let your website editors work with content within the web context while other roles can work on content from its listing without thinking of the final channel.

    Your web page with edit buttons in Web Spotlight.

    Creating new pages is then done directly from the page tree.

    Creating subpages in Web Spotlight from the page tree

    How Web Spotlight works

    Web Spotlight brings back terms from traditional CMSs – the homepage, pages, and subpages. When Web Spotlight is activated in your project, it models website navigation within your content model. The new content types serve for the page tree navigation on your website. They are also freely editable so that you can use your navigation for keeping other related data.

    Since website navigation is one of the key features of any website, we recommend incorporating the functionality right at the start of implementing your project. That's when you're evaluating how many projects you're going to need and Web Spotlight can help you decide.

    Based on the content model, namely the Spotlight's Subpages element, Web Spotlight creates the page tree visible in Kontent. The navigation is then easily retrievable via the API. It uses the existing functionality for linked items elements. This way, developers don't need to write two separate logics for linked items and for navigation.

    To retrieve the actual content of your page, access your published content via the API and display it on your website in just a few steps.

    Combine preview and the Smart Link SDK that adds the edit links to preview to enable your content creators to live edit the content directly from Kontent.

    Clicking a smart link in Web Spotlight preview

    What's Web Spotlight in Kontent's headless world

    At Kentico, we believe that headless is the right way for microservices architecture. Yet, apps are only as powerful as people that use them. And that's the purpose of Web Spotlight – give the website management power to business people.

    But because not everyone uses Kontent for websites, Web Spotlight is only available as an additional add-on to any plan. It is not automatically included in any of the subscription plansOpens in a new window. When it's activated, Web Spotlight is a tight part of Kontent.

    • Web Spotlight uses the existing permission model. If a user is allowed to change content items of a given content type, they can do that in Web Spotlight as well. Content that the user doesn't have permissions for is greyed out and displayed as unavailable.
    • Environments have Web Spotlight activated automatically upon their creation.
    • Cloned projects have it deactivated in the new project. The Subpages element will be converted to the Linked items element in this case. If you activate Web Spotlight for the project, the element will be converted back to the Subpages element and everything will work as expected.

    Converting existing projects to Web Spotlight

    If you have an already existing and working project, you can adjust it to use Web Spotlight. Modify the content model to use Spotlight's navigation model and implement the Smart Link SDK into the preview of your website. See our blog post to find out more.Opens in a new window

    Boost your web with Web Spotlight

    Are you interested in Web Spotlight? While it's purchased separately for the whole subscriptionOpens in a new window, it's activated for each project separately. Contact us so that we can enable Web Spotlight in the projects you desire.

    Activate Web Spotlight

    What's next?

    Setting up projects and Web Spotlight is the introduction to the benefits of Kontent. Next, think about what approach you want to choose for assets, which will affect the content model.