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I need a user's perspective!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by osnapitzari.labs, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. osnapitzari.labs

    osnapitzari.labs Newbie

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    Hey y'all!

    I have a very powerful CMS in development and I'm trying to get the workflow just right. To do this I need help from a user's perspective. I'll break it down for you guys...

    There are two different parts to this workflow. The content, which is basically an article. And the layout, which are any plugins such as comments, search boxes, social networking buttons, etc. Layouts are made up of modules (plugins) which you drag and drop into the template's columns. Some modules that exist are custom content modules, custom html or php modules, search box modules, social modules, etc.

    Currently, with this CMS, you edit content of a page and layout of the page SEPARATELY. So basically, you edit content in one section of the admin panel, and you edit the page layout in another section of the layout panel. Then, when the page is requested in the front-end, the content and layout are put together to form the page.

    This is where my indecisiveness comes into play.

    Should I continue with the current set up of the CMS OR Should I combine the content and layout section. For example, to create content you drag a custom content module into the layout.

    It's really hard to explain without a demo, but the beta demo won't be ready for while. Hopefully, with this vague description of my problem, you guys can help me out. If not, that's fine. If there are any questions, just ask.
     
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  2. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    The best would be to be able to edit content live on the layout editor. An easier thing to do would be to allow the user easy transition from the layout to the content editor (i.e. click edit, content popup appears, save, popup closes, back to layout editor). If you can drag and drop the layout parts and they have a preview of the content, it 's more than enough for most users.
     
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