I want to restrict which components can be used within a placeholder when using the Sitecore Experience Accelerator module. Normally, I'd use placeholder settings to do this, but it doesn't seem to work in SXA 1.1. Is there an alternative approach to limit what content editors can add to a placeholder? Is this a bug?

I've tried associating the placeholder setting at the page design and at the partial design level, but it doesn't work in either place -- I still get the full list of SXA renderings.

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Sitecore Experience Accelerator uses a different approach for that.

You can define your access rights for each rendering/group of renderings by changing the access rights to Available Renderings items.

To do it follow these steps

  • Navigate to Available Renderings node (/sitecore/content/Tenant/Site/Presentation/Available Renderings)
  • Pick item which represents a group of renderings you want to limit
  • Assign security rights (for example set Read to false for certain group or user)

After that, when you log in with your user you will see that the Toolbox contains only available renderings (I set Read to false for all items under Available Renderings, except Media and Page Content)

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This differs from standard Allowed Controls approach. Due to the nature of dynamic placehcolders, you can set renderings availability per site not per placeholder.


SXA 1.4 brings placeholders settings back!

Read more here

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    Not being able to limit availability by placeholder is a big drawback. We'd like to keep people from putting components in the wrong places.
    – dthrasher
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 19:38
  • @dthrasher I completely agree with you. This is something that should be implemented. Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 21:36

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