How to sort language list and show language flags in Sitecore Content Editor

In a project that I’m working we have quite few languages installed – more than 50 in fact. But also the project has multiple websites and each website it’s using maximum 2-3 languages, so it’s a nightmare for administrators and support team to jump from one language to another one in Content Editor.

This project that I’ve made my customization are with Sitecore XP 8.1 rev 160519, but according to this post the customization to the language drop-down from are possible starting with Sitecore XP 8.1 rev. 160302.

For me was not enough to use the setting ContentEditor.SortLanguages on true from Sitecore.config, as this will sort the languages Sort Order field of each Language item.

So in fact this is one the problems, having lots of languages and poor access to the ones that has the current item has versions on. And not being able to see the language flags – problem number 2.

Both problems are solved by customizing “\sitecore\shell\Applications\Content Manager\Galleries\Languages\Gallery Languages.xml

At the end I want to sort the languages following this rule: show at first the languages that the current item has a version – alphabetically, and the rest of the languages that the current item has no version but also ordered alphabetically.

Initially the languages list looks like this:2017-10-19_16h58_29

And then, after the customization – both sorting and show of the flags the language list  looks like this:


Looks much better now.

So, for the technical part.

I’ve made changes to “\sitecore\shell\Applications\Content Manager\Galleries\Languages\Gallery Languages.xml” and I have replaced the call to GalleryLanguagesForm (Sitecore.Client.dll) in the CodeBeside tag with my own class containing the custom code. Btw, I’ve took the Sitecore’s original code for this functionality by using a decompiler 😉

In “\sitecore\shell\Applications\Content Manager\Galleries\Languages\Gallery Languages.xml” I had to remove the part that hides the flags/icons by removing this part:

        div#Languages img {
        display: none;

as the html code is already prepared to display the icon.

Also in the code I’ve assigned the icon for each language

public static string GetIcon(Language language, Database database)
    Assert.ArgumentNotNull(language, "language");
    Assert.ArgumentNotNull(database, "database");
    var icon = language.GetIcon(database);
    if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(icon))
        var languageDefinition = LanguageDefinitions.GetLanguageDefinition(language);
        if (languageDefinition != null)
            icon = languageDefinition.Icon;
    if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(icon))
        icon = "Flags/16x16/flag_generic.png";
    return icon;

That function GetIcon from above I’ve took it from Sitecore 7.5 from Sitecore.Globalization.LanguageService from Sitecore.Kernel.dll because in Sitecore 8.1 the function returns all the time a flag_generic.png.

I guess this is change that was made in Sitecore 8 in order to improve the speed of Content Editor as in Sitecore 7 we were able to see the icons for languages in the language selector.

Since we wanted to sort our list of languages into a specific way I had to write a new Comparer for the Language object.

public override int Compare(Language lang1, Language lang2)
    Assert.ArgumentNotNull(lang1, "lang1");
    Assert.ArgumentNotNull(lang2, "lang2");
    if (lang1 == lang2)
        return 0;
    using (new SecurityDisabler())
        var item1 = workingItem.Database.GetItem(workingItem.ID, lang1);
        var item2 = workingItem.Database.GetItem(workingItem.ID, lang2);
        var length1 = item1.Versions.GetVersionNumbers(false).Length;
        var length2 = item2.Versions.GetVersionNumbers(false).Length;

        // if both have 0 versions, then sort alphabetically.  
        if (length1 == 0 && length2 == 0)
            var val1 = string.Compare(lang1.CultureInfo.DisplayName, lang2.CultureInfo.DisplayName, StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase);
            return val1;
        // if one has 0 version then put those that have a version on top
        if (length1 == 0 || length2 == 0)
            var val2 = Math.Sign(length2.CompareTo(length1));
            return val2;

        // then if both have more than 0 versions then sort them alphabetically
        var val3 = string.Compare(lang1.CultureInfo.DisplayName, lang2.CultureInfo.DisplayName, StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase);
        return val3;

All the entire coding is added here, into a gist.

Since Sitecore 9 was just lunched, I’ve checked how the GalleryLanguagesForm was implemented, and without a surprise its more or less the same implementation as is Sitecore 8, including same implementation for GetIcon from Sitecore.Globalization.LanguageService.

Later one I will try to see if any customization can be done into the Language selector in Experience Editor, as it looks that its implemented in a different way.

Sitecore TDS2 Rocks Connector

If you are using Sitecore Rocks and you want newly created items to show up automatically in the TDS project you have in your solution without doing any extra operations – except save the project and add the new files to git and then commit/push – then a plugin for Sitecore Rocks has to be installed.
In Visual Studio follow the steps to install the plugin TDS2 Rocks Connector:
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Visual Studio Sitecore Rocks Plugin Manager
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Just need to remind that you need Team Development for Sitecore and Sitecore Rocks installed.

First Cluj-Napoca, Romania Sitecore Meetup

Hello there,

We had last week (25th February 2016) our first Sitecore Meetup in Cluj-Napoca, organized by Cluj-Napoca Sitecore Technical User Group and sponsored by Addition

The initial schedule was:

  • 6:45 pm: Best practices in a multisite solution – Vlad Iobagiu, MVP
  • 7:30pm: Continuous Delivery with Team City, Sebastian Tecsi Solution Architect @Addition
  • 8:00 pm: Sitecore v8.1 new features – Daniel Mocan, Solution Architect @Addition

Vlad had some problems with his flights and we held his presentation a bit later and over Skype with lots of Airport Announcements in the background 🙂 But at the end we managed to get the useful information out of him 🙂

Overall was a nice evening with some beer, pizza, soft-drink and lots of talks about Sitecore.

My presentation attached here . Also the little code that I have used is here too:

Also a more detailed blog post about my presentation will come soon.

Some photos at the event are uploaded here and here

Thank you everyone for the presence.

Just to start…

I have been thinking about this for a while, and finally decided to create a Blog.

I work for quite a while with Sitecore, so primary I will write here about challenges, suggestions and interesting things related with Sitecore and not only.