I have a rendering based on a data source. One of the fields on the data source is a DropLink. I added a Custom Experience Editor Button to the rendering to edit the DropLink. The field I want to edit is called Theme:

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My custom button appears in the experience editor:enter image description here

But when I click on it, the popup has no fields available to edit:enter image description here

  • can you verify if you switch content editor to master db from core db? Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 19:30
  • Yes. Definitely on Master. Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 19:37
  • @EthanSchofer, for me it seems that Sitecore is returning the field but cannot render it. If no fields were found, you would not even have the Section Data. Can you please first check in the logs if there are any errors. Moreover, check if there are any whitespaces in the Fields from core database. Another thing, does the user has admin access since it may be that the item is locked or has no write access to it Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 20:42
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    @EthanSchofer Also make sure "Theme" is the actual item name of the field. And it needs to be the field that the rendering is pulling in (either Context Item, Datasource, or via query). Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 20:50
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    @DylanYoung Can you add this as an answer so I can mark as accepted? Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 20:56

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When specifying fields for the Field Editor Button type button, make sure the Fields you specify are using the Item Name instead of the Display Name.

Additionally, you must make sure that field that you are specifying in the Fields field, maps directly to the same field in the data that's being displayed by your rendering.

I covered this and other topics related to creating Field Editor Buttons in Sitecore in my video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6jqqaBMu0s&t=25s

  • I marked this as the answer because its how I found the answer, but its not a direct explanation of the problem. Basically, my Model was made up of child models and the editor button on the parent rendering but trying to access a field in the child model. So the field was not technically on the rendering. I solved this by using an edit frame. Commented Jun 20, 2017 at 0:48
  • I actually found this happens in another scenario tonight. Basically if you've specified fields that don't exist either in the datasource (because you haven't specified a datasource yet, or it's from an item that isn't the current context item, you would get this issue. Commented Aug 9, 2018 at 6:30

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