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CMS or Frontend for content management


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Dr. J

21 October 2012 at 7:13pm Community Member, 8 Posts


Notwithstanding extensions like Userforms and Generic Views, SS feels like it is designed to only support content management from the backend CMS UI rather than from the front-end like some other CMSs. Should I entirely avoid creating front end CRUD forms for users to manage their content? If not what is the natural limit for front end activity given the use cases SS was designed to address.

For context, a site I am developing for a client is effectively a brochure site but with one interactive page - a front end form and list for managing a collection of data objects. The motivation for putting the form on the front end was that I didn't want to have to train them how to use the back end for that single form and I didn't know how to hide their view of the pages they didn't have to worry about.

The apparent difficulty in creating this master-detail CRUD page 'out of the box' makes me wonder if I am forcing SS/Sapphire do something it doesn't naturally do.



27 October 2012 at 5:15am (Last edited: 27 October 2012 5:17am), Community Member, 49 Posts

Our developers seems to be happy in allowing users to login and interact with the website on the front end. One site we built a custom social media interface and the other to manage and view wage slips.


4 May 2013 at 3:39am Community Member, 7 Posts

it does seem rather difficult to find examples of frontend crud. Generic views doesn't quite work for me and was so happy reading about the Gridfield in SS3 until i discovered it doesn't work in the frontend. Still tearing my hair out trying to find a solution


30 July 2013 at 3:13am Community Member, 45 Posts

Same here, just trying to manage some kind of "manage Profile" with some DataObjects and Relations and don't want to hardcode everything.

Have you found a solution for your problem?