Mentor Web Blocks is a ground breaking free and open source
Umbraco package that further enhances the already fantastic Umbraco CMS. Mentor
Web Blocks adds drag and drop website building functionality for content
editors, and excellent code encapsulation for developers.
Developed by certified Umbraco developers at Mentor Digital, the Mentor Web Blocks project is the culmination of 12 months of front and back end development work. The Web Blocks system is already in use by 4 major NHS websites, FTSE 250 companies, charities and large scale membership organisations.
Want to see it in action?
Backoffice editing video demo: http://www.screenr.com/mEwH
Frontend editing video demo: http://www.screenr.com/yzwH
The Web Blocks system has been developed to encapsulate code
for each block in a re-usable and loosely coupled way. Blocks can now makes use
of Partial Views, neatly organising your scripts into re-usable and shareable
snippets. Templates can be developed to be pre-populated with blocks and also
blocks can be added retrospectively to templates populating all pages using
this template with the new block that has been added. For interface developers
the Web Blocks system is very flexible and can adapted to work with any
Read the Getting started guide for developers at www.mentorwebblocks.com/.../
The Web Blocks system provides the ability to drag blocks of
content into defined areas on a preview canvas, directly from the content tree.
Users can create blocks in the content tree in the same way as creating normal
pages i.e. from pre-defined block/content types. Content editors can also update their content live from the front end of the web site. Blocks behave just like any
other node in the content tree and can have parameters just like normal content
pages. Once created blocks can be dragged into the preview panel and re-ordered
by dragging around the canvas. Once on the canvas, a block can be
double-clicked to pop-up an overlay showing the parameters of that block
including WYSISYG editor, media pickers etc.
Read the Getting started guide for content editors at www.mentorwebblocks.com/.../
Download the runway site from http://coderamblings.co.uk/webblocks3_runway_site.zip
Simply unzip it, open the Visual Studio solution and run it!
The Umbraco username for the runway site is:
We have provided a 'Get Started' guide as a downloadable document below.
If you have a question or you require some assistance, please go to http://www.mentorwebblocks.com/support/forum/
Additionally, tweet us on: @mentorwebblocks or @craignoble1989
You can report issues at:
Feel free to fork the project at https://github.com/base33/Mentor-Web-Blocks