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This is merely to start a new thread for the Section Combos Idea, we started to discuss in this context.

Just for the extremely unlikely case you all haven't already read it, here the link to Google's Material Design Guidelines ;-)

Although a vision of an all-Material-Design web horrifies me, Google has some good points on what-when-where different design elements serve a purpose.
Maybe some inspiration for Section Combos.

I also repost feniweb's suggestion of Innovastudio's content builder here as it is a good example for handling frequently used content combos:
http://innovastudio.com/builderdemo/example1.html

5 years ago#7446

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And, just before I forget to mention it:

We are in dire need of a convenient way to set section backgrounds!!!
Currently this is only possible via Section Options -> style Attribute and with knowledge of
A) CSS
B) the File System tree and image locations
Edited: 5 years ago#7451

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Josh, I would go for a "Section Repository" Docker for Section Combo Templates.
The Trick: We could use Section Manager to prepare Wrappers/Sections and save any of them into this Repository. A Wrapper with all it's childs would then go into the Repo.

The Repository could later on be the more user-friendly interface to add new content  (just like Innovastudio).
Both Tools should be available - Section Manager for Designers/Admins with Grid/Layout/CSS skills and Section Repository for People who just want the easy solution to build pages.

This way we could reach several goals:

  1. We can build complete and complex section combos including default content.
  2. This is also a good templating solution even for simple but frequently used, preformatted Content.
  3. Can be used without template coding skills.

What it needs:

  1. A way to (automatically) create meaningful graphic represenataions of saved Section Combos* (see below)
  2. An own file system location where the default content should reside - should be independent from normal site content.
  3. Possibly sth. like an Export function to pack a Section Repo into a ZIP and a Installation Interface to install/import Section Repos.

Some thoughts:

  • The section Repo itself should have a [ × Delete this Teplate ] button that would show only it the user has permissions to edit Section Combo Templates.
    The "Save to Repository" function in Section Wrapper should be bound to the same permission.
  • The Section Repo itself does not need complex editing capabilities. If one wants to edit a Template, he/she can include it into a page, edit it and save it back to the Repo (and delete the old one). It only needs Labeling of the Templates and Drag'n'Drop sorting. Both could be saved on the fly without confirmation/save button.
  • A Repo should also store the name of the gpEasy Theme it was made for/belongs to. If the Theme would not match, a warning should be shown but it should be possible to install the Repo anyway. E.g. Bootstrap/Bootswatch built Repos would certainly work in other Bootswatch Themes, too.

* edit:/ for the Thumbnails: Maybe this is the way to go: http://html2canvas.hertzen.com/examples.html
We could make a clone of the Section Combo with a css3 transform {  transform:scale(.25);  transform-origin:0 0; } before using the canvas method.

Edited: 5 years ago#7498

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And another thought: Maybe Section Manager and Section Repository should in fact be the same component with different views.

Furthermore we would have to deal with plugin-based sections and Include sections in this context. Like...

  • Prevent saving Section Combos as Templates that contain filetype-include sections.
  • Warn upon Exporting a Repo that includes plugin-based sections.
  • Warning upon Installing a Repo that includes plugin-based sections.

Alltogether that's a lot of work but IMO it would make gpEasy a truly cutting-edge CMS.

Edited: 5 years ago#7499

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5 years ago#7501

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Haha, yeah - check this out: SectionThumbs_01a.zip

Only tested with Firefox 37. Does not save anything, just a little test. But… funny!
5 years ago#7510

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