Tutorial:

Introduction

Better Preview: Preview

Better Preview provides you a preview button for the article you are working on. See what the article will look like before saving or publishing it!

Advanced View Site

Better Preview: DropdownBetter Preview also changes the way the 'View site' link in your administrator works. It will make that link go to the frontend equivalent of that page. It will also display links to any parent pages (like parent category pages when editing an article).

Settings

Better Preview is packed with options, giving you control over how it works and behaves. Here is the full list of the options you can find in the Better Preview system plugin settings:

View Site Options

Display Title Link Select to convert the title link to the Better Preview View Site pulldown link.
Display Status Link Select to convert the view site link in the status position to the Better Preview View Site pulldown link.
Reverse Status Link Select to reverse the order of the items in the pulldown (or pullup) in the status position.
Show Type Select to show the link type in the list of links.
Show URL Details Select to show an clickable icon in the list of links that shows you extra URL details.

Preview Button Options

Display Editor Button Select to display an editor button.
Display Toolbar Button Select to show a button in the toolbar.
Button Text This text will be shown in the Editor Button.
Button Icon Select which icon to show in the button.

Options: betterpreview , ,
Primary Button Select to give the button a primary styling.

Advanced Options

SEF Index Timeout (hrs) The timeout in hours for the SEF Urls Index. If you experience slowness in the admin pages, increase this number.
Purge SEF Index Click to purge the SEF URLS Index.
Purge Component Cache Select to make Better Preview purge the cache of the applicable component before rendering the preview.
Open Categories as Select how to open categories by default (if no matching menu item is found)

Options: Blog, List
Use Default Menu ID If selected, the default menu item id will be used as active menu item for the url if no other matching menu id is found.
FAQs:

Previews are showing the homepage

By default, Better Preview will use the homepage as the active page to show previews in, unless Better Preview can find a more suitable menu item based on the type of item and parent categories.

Some websites have no component area on the homepage, which will cause the preview to not be able to show the items content.
Also some SEF extensieons will cause some weird results when the preview tries to us the homepage as the active menu item.

In these cases, it can help to change the Default Menu Item option in the Better Preview system plugin settings to None.

Free vs Pro:

Preview article
Advanced View Site
Supports core components::All core components are supported, also the Menu manager

Supports K2 (partially)
Supports Zoo
Show link type::Will display the type of the links in the 'View site' list, like 'category' or 'article'.
Extra url info::Will display the SEF and non-SEF url of the links in the 'View site' list which you can easily copy/paste for other uses.

Better Preview provides you a preview button for the article you are working on. See what the article will look like before saving or publishing it!

Better Preview: Preview

Advanced View Site

Better Preview: DropdownBetter Preview also changes the way the 'View site' link in your administrator works. It will make that link go to the frontend equivalent of that page. It will also display links to any parent pages (like parent category pages when editing an article).