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QuickBlocks

A package for quickly building block list based Umbraco websites all from data attributes in your HTMl

Installation

At the moment, it is best to use this on a brand new empty umbraco site. You can create your empty site and install QuickBlocks using these commands. You should be able to paste it all into the command line.

# Ensure we have the latest Umbraco templates
dotnet new -i Umbraco.Templates

# Create solution/project
dotnet new sln --name "MySolution"
dotnet new umbraco --force -n "MyProject" --friendly-name "Administrator" --email "[email protected]" --password "1234567890" --development-database-type SQLite
dotnet sln add "MyProject"

#Add QuickBlocks
dotnet add "MyProject" package Umbraco.Community.QuickBlocks --prerelease 

dotnet run --project "MyProject"
#Running

Watch this video to see how I use it.

Data Attributes

Here are some examples

Home Page and Block List Property

<div data-content-type-name="Home Page" 
     data-prop-name="Main Content" 
     data-prop-type="[BlockList] Main Content"
     data-list-name="Main Content">
  ...
</div>

Add a row

<section data-row-name="Simple Link">
...
</section>

Add a property to the row

<a href="#" data-prop-name="Link">My Link</a>

<img src="#" data-prop-name="Image" />

<h2 data-prop-name="Image">Hello</h2>

<p data-prop-name="Description">
     My content in here
</p>

Preview View and CSS

If you are using the package Umbraco.Community.BlockPreview you can add this to the block list to set the preview path and css on all blocks. This can be set on an individual row too.

<div data-content-type-name="Home Page" 
     data-prop-name="Main Content" 
     data-prop-type="[BlockList] Main Content"
     data-list-name="Main Content"

     data-use-community-preview="true" 
     data-preview-css="~/css/styles.css">
  ...
</div>

Or if you'd prefer to use your own preview file you can specify it like this

<div data-content-type-name="Home Page" 
     data-prop-name="Main Content" 
     data-prop-type="[BlockList] Main Content"
     data-list-name="Main Content"

     data-preview-view="~/assets/html/mypreview.html" 
     data-preview-css="~/css/styles.css">
  ...
</div>

Specify a different data type

<h2 data-prop-name="Title" data-prop-type="Richtext editor">

Use an image as a background image

<header style="background-image: url('[!image!]')" data-row-name="Header" data-prop-name="Image" data-replace-marker="[!image!]" data-replace-inner="false" data-prop-type="Image Media Picker">
     ...
</header>

Use a Multi URL Picker for repeating links and use the name for the icon

<a href="#" data-prop-name="Social Links" 
     data-prop-type="Multi URL Picker" 
     data-multiple="true" 
     data-replace-attribute="class"  
     data-replace-inner="true" 
     data-replace-marker="[!name!]" 
     data-prop-value=".Name">
          <i class="fa fa-[!name!]"></i>
</a>

Create a list property inside a row

In the sub list items, we don't need to specify the property location, we only do that for row or page properties.

<div data-row-name="Services">
     <h2 class="title" data-prop-name="Title">We build awesome products</h2>
     <h5 class="description" data-prop-name="Description">This is the paragraph where you can write more details </h5>
     <div data-sub-list-name="Service List" 
          data-prop-name="Services" 
          data-prop-type="[BlockList] Service List" 
          data-list-inline="false">
          
          <div data-item-name="Service Item">
               <h4 class="info-title" data-prop-name="Title">1. Design</h4>
               <p data-prop-name="Description">blah blah blah</p>
               <a data-prop-name="Link" href="#pablo">Find more...</a>
          </div>
     </div>
</div>

Move some HTML to a partial view

<footer data-partial-name="Footer">
     ...
</footer>

Extra block list options

Max Width

data-list-maxwidth="100%"

Single block mode

data-list-single="true"

Live editing mode

data-list-live="true"

Inline Editing

data-list-inline="true"

List Min Items

data-list-min="0"

List Max Items

data-list-max="3"

Extra row options

Block Row Icon

data-icon-class="icon-science"

Block Row Icon Colour

data-icon-colour="color-indigo"

Block Row Label Property

data-label-property="title"

Contributing

Contributions to this package are most welcome! Please read the Contributing Guidelines.

Acknowledgments

Thanks to my employers ClerksWell for allowing me some time during my work day to work on this project on top of my own spare time.

Screenshots

NuGet install instructions for Umbraco 9+

dotnet add package Umbraco.Community.QuickBlocks

Package owner

Paul Seal

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Package Compatibility

This package is compatible with the following versions as reported by community members who have downloaded this package:
Untested or doesn't work on Umbraco Cloud
Version 8.18.x (untested)

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Package Information

  • Package owner: Paul Seal
  • Created: 23/05/2023
  • Current version 1.0.0-alpha-04
  • License MIT
  • Downloads on Our: 0
  • Downloads on NuGet: 731
  • Total downloads : 731