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 nonlinear 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 nonlinear 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:

Sitecore 8:Security item

Sitecore 8:Launch pad

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.

Sitecore 8:Icon

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.

Sitecore 8:Renderings

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

Sitecore 8:CSS

Have you started investigating the power of Sitecore 8? What has stood out for you?

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