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We created a multi-language corporate website with Umbraco at the begining of this year and it's time to review our next steps.
I do a lot of development with Joomla and it has one feature which I really love. I wonder how this could be created with umbraco. I'm going to strip out the joomla terminology as it may be confusing
1. Within a template I have a number of empty location (a,b,c,d) where content could appear.
2. I create my pages in a traditional umbraco way. They appear without anything displayed in a.b.c.d
3. I create a piece of content with a new document type. This allow me the define
a) the actual content that is show front-end
b) which location it would appear a,b,c,d
c) On which pages this content would appear (basically a full lit of all site page)
The reason this is so useful is that I can display a piece of content across 20 page by only making a change to one thing as opposed to 20 page.
Our current umbraco site doesn't work like this at all. Is this something Umbraco could do or is there a better more Umbracoesque alternative that would make more sense.
Thanks for any help offered.
I don't see why umbraco wouldn't be able to handle such situations. If I understand correctly, you'd like to have "pieces of content", which aren't exactly documents that need a specified url (or, put otherwise, don't need to have a template attached), but can be reused anywhere in your site? If that's the case, here's a sample config that may help (not necesseraly the best option, consider it a starting point).
-Content--Home (site home page...)---Page1---Page2---Folder1----Page3--Shared content---Articles----Article1----Article2----... Depending on would work best in your case, you could add references to your 'Page' documents from within each 'Article' document, or vice versa, reference several 'Article's content into your 'Page' document, there's a couple of datatypes which can handle those references (uComponents multi tree node picker for example)
Best practice (at least this is what I do most of the times) is to put all of your 'Article's documents (or other types of document that should only hold data) in a "separate" folder, outside of the root of your site structure.
Does that make sense now to you, or did I misunderstand the question.
Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. The best practice you describe is exactly as I would have proceeded. It's good to know it's possible within Umbraco and I'll check out uComponents Multi tree node picker. There is some heated debate here as to how to proceed. I'd like to control position and "what pages the article appears" at the article level, while other (which I think is more traditional) think that it should be controlled on each page, with option to choose what article appear within it. Personally I think the later causes too much work but I just wanted to check I wasn't totally out the ball park with my thought-process.
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