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When developing sites I have utilised varying methods for structuring the content in the admin area, with each solution having it's pluses and minuses.
Solution A - Strips
Below each node, e.g. Home Page, I would add a folder called "Strips" and then I would create child nodes for each strip of content to be displayed on the home page.
+ Worked great as you retained the full width page view for editing the content,
- Site tree on larger sites became unwieldy to manage.
Solution B - Content List Package - https://our.umbraco.com/packages/backoffice-extensions/content-list/
This package enabled strips of content to be listed on a single node.
+ Clean site tree
+ Full control over rendered code
- No full width view when editing, but still very usable
Solution C - Grid + Doc Type Grid Editor - https://our.umbraco.com/packages/backoffice-extensions/doc-type-grid-editor/
Extending the default Grid functionality with the Doc Type Grid Editor package.
+ Clean site tree
- Width view when editing content is quite narrow
- Embedding content in the grid results in additional html being rendered (caveat - I have not looked at changing the grid rendering "engine" to work around this)
So I was wondering if/what other solutions people have employed in V8 for "strip" based content where the default grid functionality doesn't provide sufficient options.
Currently Solution C is probably what I will stick with however was keen to explore other ideas. I haven't found anything in the packages listing similar to Content List for V8.
Why not use nested content? For us its often not the solution for subpages but works great for homepage / landing pages where the blocks can be clearly defined. You can also have nested nested content allowing for a container with a list within it which is nice.
Thanks for your very quick feedback.
I have always considered Nested Content great for smaller bits of content, however for my partners site there are sometimes 10+ fields (of varying sizes).
Maybe it is time to explore Nested Content a bit more and see how it functions with larger "features"
Its definitely a compromise. And per your comment on the grid, I love nested content for simple scrolly sites because you aren't fighting with the grid markup, which I also have never tried to adjust.
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