Customer Portal

Quick Tip: Skinning Customer Portal Modal Dialogs

When skinning Customer Portal it is easy to forget the YUI-based modal dialogs unless one happens to pop up during your working session. Most commonly it is the Form Expiration dialog which reminds me that I have additional work to ensure a unified brand experience. This dialog will appear after 5 minutes, which is a long time to wait when testing CSS changes.

New Site Feature: CX Features by Version matrix

Today I published a document that I've been working on for a while; my hope is to extend the benefit I receive to everyone else in the community. This document is a list of Oracle RightNow CX features by version. This will be a living page permanently in the left-hand navigation of CXDeveloper.com. As new CX versions are released, the document will be updated accordingly.

Custom RN Ajax Success Handlers

The RightNow Customer Portal website solution heavily utilizes JavaScript and AJAX features as part of its core functionality. While these features are very powerful, some otherwise simple development tasks become exponentially more complicated. One category of customizations I've historically struggled with was performing custom logic after a form submit has occurred. I've run into this type of customization many times; some projects need to dynamically redirect to a different page than the default confirmation page; others want to send some custom tracking to Google Analytics.

Passing search filters to multiple reports on a page with a sidestory of page name lessons learned (i.e. what not to name your Customer Portal page)

I recently learned a hard lesson about page names in Customer Portal. In my case, I was building a report search page that contained a bunch of filters and a Grid widget that showed the results of my report search. Not thinking twice about it, I named my page "search.php" so that its URL would be https://subdomain.custhelp.com/app/search.

Verify Peer setting with RightNow cURL

When making an HTTPS connection with cURL, it is essential to validate the certificate of the host you are connecting to. While it is possible to turn off this verification using the CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER cURL configuration, it leaves your code vulnerable to man in the middle attacks.

Other developers I know (myself included) tend to turn off PEER verification while doing initial development because dealing with certs is often a PITA. I always tell myself, I'll just deal with that later; I have much more important business logic to write.

Responsive and flat design for CP Pages

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Responive and flat design for CP Pages

CXDev Toolbox - PHP Stub Generator

The PHP Stub Generator is a developer centric tool that enables IDE code completion for the RightNow ConnectPHP API. The tool uses information from your site to create a PHP stub file with PHPDoc comments for every Standard Object, Custom Business Object and Custom Field on your CX site. When the PHP stub file is added to an IDE that supports PHPDoc's (Netbeans, Eclipse, etc), ConnectPHP classes and methods are included in the IDE's code completion functionality.

Bookmarking answers as favourite

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Hi,

I have a requirement where in the customer portal, when the customers of my client login, they see a button named "favourites" in the header. When this button is clicked, all the articles (answers) which the particular login user has marked as favourite would appear. This tab displays different answers for different users depending on their marking.

Now I am not sure if this functionality of marking answers as favourites or bookmarks can be achieved. And if they can be marked, how do we fetch them and display them in the 'favourites' tab on click.

Download Incident attachment from Customer Portal

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Hi All,

I am stuck at a project I am currently doing on something that seemed to be the simplest thing ever; downloading an Attachment from an incident without logging in. This is to allow an external party to update the incident. All of the functionality is done, including uploading attachments, except for this little annoying thing.

Mobile Client Considerations

More and more often, clients look for a way to integrate their mobile and web applications with their RightNow instance. The ability to connect end-users directly to the support infrastructure is powerful, but the standard tools RightNow provides don't quite fit the bill.

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