3 September 2010 at 8:19pm
We're recommending SS to one of our clients, but they would like confirmation that it can handle a few basic requirements. I'm pretty hopeful all the answers are going to be 'yes' - especially as we have PHP developers on hand, but not having much (any!) SS experience, I wondered if anyone can help? These are the requirements I've been asked to confirm:
1. Content pages can have three column layout
2. Can have dynamically-driven on-page subnavigation with control over whether sibling pages, child pages or both are displayed
2. System supports creation of re-usable components that can be dropped into selected pages
3. Can create more than one editable region per page
4. Clients can generate their own forms (with sufficient training)
3 September 2010 at 11:48pm
Regarding the re-usable components: Usually a Widgets holds its own content. So if you have a Widget where you can enter some text, then this text will be unique for every Widget instance (i.e. not reusable).
But there's an easy workaround for this:
1) Create a custom DataObject that represents a content-component (could be composed of a Title, Text and an Image).
2) Manage your content-components at a central location (has_many content-components). The HomePage or SiteConfig is probably a good place for that. Use the DataObjectManager module for content-component CRUD. Here's a good tutorial that will help you getting started using SiteConfig: http://ssbits.com/2-4-working-with-siteconfig/
3) In the widget, simply allow the users to select the desired content-component from a dropdown (has_one content-component).
This will effectively allow your users to place the same content-component on multiple pages. Changing the component itself will change all "instances" of this component as well.