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Shortcuts with query string are automatically converted to Content Item losing the parameters


Hello all,

I am migrating our sites to CMS 12.  In CMS 11, we utilize page shortcuts extensively, and a common setup is:

  • Use "Shortcut to page on another website"
  • URL is to internal page using a relative path with query parameters
  • The URL is automatically rewritten

In CMS 12, the shortcut pages that were migrated work as they did before likely due to the rewrite.  But if I want to create or edit a page shortcut, the external URL is automatically converted to "Shortcut to another content item", and the query params are lost.

Does anyone have suggestions for dealing with this?

I wonder why not just have a params input in the shortcut dialog?

Thanks in advance!


Edited, Mar 22, 2023 17:33

Indeed - we have the exact same problem as Kevin described. 

Apr 01, 2023 4:41
Kevin Gainey - Apr 06, 2023 12:29
Thanks Jonathan for the confirmation

It sounds like this is a bug.  Hey Opti folks... any comment? 

We use shortcuts with query strings very often, and trying to implement a workaround for this bug would be a lot of rework!

Apr 06, 2023 12:36

Ive just tested this on CMS11 and CMS12 sites and you are correct in CMS 11 the querystring parameter stayed intact when selecting "Shortcut to page on anotehr website" where as in CMS12 its converting to an internal page and switching the option to "Shortcut to another content item" and losing the query string parameter 

In this scenario I think it may be worth raising a support ticket who can escalate it to the CMS Product Owners and either  treat as a bug of feature request. 

Testing Below 

CMS11 : 

CMS12 :

Apr 06, 2023 12:51

I've created a support request for that and got a reply:

Hi Jonathan,
I discussed with the development team, we do have a bug related to this problem: 
#CMS-26485 Shortcuts to content removes query parameters 
This bug has not been fixed but I will keep you updated if I get more information.

It's there: please upvote :)

Apr 06, 2023 13:04
Kevin Gainey - Apr 06, 2023 13:21
Thanks Jonathan

It is very disappointing that the reported bug CMS-26485 "has been considered as Won't Fix by our developer team."  No reason was provided on the bug.  This is going to be a big problem for us, as we use this type of shortcut a lot.  It will hold us back from completing our migration.  Ughhh!

May 30, 2023 11:38

Seems the reason was a breaking change.  I have asked if there is a way to intercpt the service for the short term.  Here is a comment from the ticket.

I have looked into the details now. This would require breaking changes in CMS Core. Internal shortcut is set by providing a ContentReference, this reference is stored as LinkUrl in its permanent link format. LinkUrl can actually contain a querystring, so by setting both PageShortcutLink and LinkUrl it's possible to store the data we need. However, the rest of the code assumes that it is a ContentReference and would require a rewrite.

I will close this "bug". We could add this as a feature request for CMS13

May 30, 2023 19:23

Looks like this was reopened and can be fixed without breaking changes

May 31, 2023 15:38
Kevin Gainey - May 31, 2023 15:42
Yes, I've been working with Support on this issue. Hopefully a solution is near.
Kevin Gainey - Jul 27, 2023 16:42
This was fixed and released
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