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Finalist Drupal Blog: Improving the editor experience (as seen at Drupal Europe). Part one

6 dni 6 godzin ago

At Drupal Europe 2018 I had the chance to learn the latest developments regarding the editorial experience in Drupal 8.

Content planner

One improvement that can make a big impact on the daily work of the editors is the Content planner which was being demonstrated by Lukas Fischer of Netnode.

Currently Drupal’s out of the box content overview screen (admin/content) provides a somewhat Spartan experience. Thus the need arose of a more feature rich content dashboard. With that need in mind, the team of Netnode found inspiration in content planning tools like Buffer, Gathercontent, Trello and Scompler.

This resulted in the Content planner project. This contributed module will provide a content planning dashboard that allows editors to easily find the content they need to work on.

Content planner features

Some of the features of Content planner are:

  • a content status giving quick overview of the state the websites content is in
  • a calendar that allows scheduling the publication of the nodes
  • a recent content list giveing the editor quick access
  • a kanban board voor content with columns for the content statuses draft published archived and so forth

De module is quite young and still needs improvement, but it seems useful enough to start using in your projects. By adding Content planner to your website you will probably increase your popularity among your editorial colleagues tenfold!

Autosave form

Another development that could make many editors working with Drupal happy is autosaving forms and resolving conflicts.

The autosave form contrib module was being demonstrated at Drupal Europe by Hristo Chonov of Biologis.

It automatically saves the field values every minute when you are filling out a form (for example a node or a contact form). To be able to do this correctly it bypasses all form validation, disables any implemented forms hooks and keeps the form ID intact so that the normal Drupal form editing workflow is not being disturbed.

At the moment the module is not able to autosave when creating a new node because essential information like the node ID is not available at that moment.

Autosave states are saved per user and it’s disabled when two users are working on the same content.

Conflicts

If multiple users are working on the same content then conflicts may arise. The conflict module aims at resolving those conflicts by comparing the following versions of the content:

  • the initial content;
  • the content that’s being edited;
  • the content that’s stored (which could be the content that’s been edited in the meantime by another user);

Most fields will be merged automatically but fields that have conflicting values are presented to the user so he can choose how to resolve them. The UI for resolving conflicts is currently being re-evaluated and contributions in this area are more than welcome.

If you are looking for ways to improve the editor experience of your projects then put Autosave form and Conflict on your checklist.

Bay Area Drupal Camp: Only a Few Seats Left for BADCamp Training Workshops

6 dni 8 godzin ago
Only a Few Seats Left for BADCamp Training Workshops Drupal Planet rob.thorne Tue, 09/18/2018 - 17:25 Only a Few Seats Left for BADCamp Training Workshops

For two full days on Wednesday and Thursday, BADCamp offers world-class training from some of the best Drupal instructors — for FAR LESS than you’d pay elsewhere.  Full day trainings are $20, and half-day trainings only $10. There are only a few seats left in some of our classes, so sign up soon to reserve your spot!

Classes offered on Wednesday: Classes offered on Thursday: Sign ups open for BADCamp Drupal Summits

Summits are back for 2018 with some past favorites and new offerings. These day-long single-track events bring together a wide variety of folks working with Drupal, sharing and collaborating along a unified theme.

Where should I stay?

October in Berkeley is a popular time of year so we encourage you to book your hotel now. We have rooms reserved in two host hotels. See the website for more options.

Hotel Shattuck Plaza

Right in downtown Berkeley, next to the Berkeley BART station. To get the special BADCamp rate, you’ll want to reserve by September 25, 2018.

ONLINE RESERVATIONS: https://reservations.travelclick.com/17233?groupID=2066400

Or: call the Hotel at (510) 845-7300 and ask for the BADCamp 2018 Rate (Attendee Code is 1810BADCAMP).

Graduate Berkeley (Formerly the Hotel Durant)

CALL RESERVATIONS: (510) 845-8981, and ask for BADCamp 2018 Group Block Rate

ONLINE RESERVATIONS: https://tinyurl.com/BADCAMP18 (case sensitive)

EMAIL RESERVATION REQUEST: reservations@graduateberkeley.com

We need your help!

BADCamp is 100% volunteer driven and we need your hands! We need stout hearts to volunteer and help set up, tear down, give directions and so much more! If you are local and can help us, please contact Anne at Anne@badcamp.net or sign up on our Volunteer Form.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

A BIG thanks Platform.sh, Pantheon & DDEV and all our sponsors. Without them this magical event wouldn’t be possible. Interested in sponsoring BADCamp? Contact matt@badcamp.net or anne@badcamp.net

Would you have been willing to pay for your ticket? If so, then you can give back to the camp by purchasing an individual sponsorship at the level most comfortable for you.

See you in Berkeley!