Kentico CMS 7: Web part toolbar
One of the user experience improvements included in version 7 is a more convenient approach to designing pages using a web part toolbar.
The web part toolbar allows users to access any required web parts directly on the Design tab and add them into the target zones through drag-and-drop. The content of the toolbar can be filtered either by selecting a category or by searching for the name of a specific web part.
There is also a “trash bin” area on the toolbar where you can drop existing web parts to quickly remove them from the page.
Each user can choose where they want the toolbar to be displayed according to their preferences. There are four possible positions, including both a horizontal and vertical layout, and the toolbar can also be completely disabled. Of course, the original way of handling web parts is still fully supported.
Another thing that simplifies the design process is the possibility of adding web parts without going through the property configuration dialog. Just enable the “Skip initial configuration” setting for any web part in Site Manager and users will be able to insert instances of the given web part directly onto the page. The same option is also available for widgets.
This can be useful for web parts without any customizable properties or for pre-defined web parts that work directly with their default values and need to have them changed only in rare cases.