View a page's removed widgets

Bryan Johnson asked on September 27, 2016 19:12

Normally when a widget is removed from a page, its settings will be applied to the next widget of that type added to that page. That is normal Kentico behavior. Is it possible to "see" the removed widgets? Is it possible to delete the removed widgets?

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Brenden Kehren answered on September 28, 2016 14:25

If you're using version history then you could look at the old version of the page to see the ones which were removed. Regarding deleting the remove widgets, they are already deleted so there's no reason to delete them again.

I understand what you're explaining with adding another widget in place and it taking the properties of the previous one but I believe this is either a bug or some other custom code is causing problems because this shouldn't be "normal" behavior. This similar activity happens with editable text webparts on a page but the left over is due to not cleaning out the editable text area prior to removing the webpart from the template. The fix for this is to go to the General tab of the page and scroll all the way to the bottom, click the Edit regions and webparts button and in there you'll find the editable text and image webpart values associated with a page. I don't believe the widget values are available like this on a page though, you'd have to look through the database to find those.

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Bryan Johnson answered on September 28, 2016 19:02

Thanks, Brenden. I looked at was was going on using the "Edit regions & web parts". The behavior I'm seeing seems to occur when web part zones are nested. So, like you said, if the content of an editable widget is not cleared, it will stick around if its parent is removed. Unfortunately "Edit regions & web parts" only shows the components that are visible on the page and not the ones who's parents have been removed. I guess its just the way it is.

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