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Datasets are able to sort and filter data in many ways and from various sources. They can be greatly customized: ranging from simple to complex implementations. There are four types of Datasets that are distinguished mostly by the source from which they pull data from. Each of these Datasets share the same basic set up and are comprised of two parts: a Dataset and a Renderer. They each can be sorted, fitered, and displayed in a variety of ways.

Types of Datasets

  1. Static Item Dataset - pulls data from a list of manually selected Sitecore "pages."
    Icon for a Static Item Set DatasetIn this example, multiple press release Sitecore pages were selected and filtered to display only the title, date, & shortened text.

  2. Items Query Dataset - points to a "parent" item (main folder) and then pulls or lists data Items Query Dataset Iconfrom the child items (sub folders). In this example, the dataset points to a board of advisors folder (parent) and then pulls in individual advisors (children). It is then filtered to display only the head shot image, position, and a link.

  3. SharePoint Query Dataset - pulls data from a selected SharePoint list.
    Icon for a Sharepoint Query DatasetIn this example, the dataset points to a SharePoint list and filters it to display a contact directory.

  4. RSS Feed Dataset - pulls data from a RSS feed URL.
    RSS iconIn this example, the dataset (appears on the right side under Recent Blog Updates) points to a RSS feed URL that is filtered to display the first 3 most recent blog items. Note: RSS links will link you off your website to an outside source.

Best Practices

See Best Practices for review tips and important information to keep in mind when implementing Datasets.


See Implementation for a step-by-step guide on how to create and implement Datasets on your web site.