You may remember a post we wrote a few weeks back, introducing the idea of Section-based Editing in the new Greenhouse for Clover Sites 3. If you missed it, check out the post for more of those details.
The way we designed it initially seemed right for a lot of reasons. But recently, after we started testing and actually using the initial version in the Greenhouse, we quickly saw that it could be a lot better. So, we decided to take a step back and revisit the design to help make things much simpler.
The main issue we saw was that the whole experience felt a bit too complicated and technical. When you switched to advanced mode in the Greenhouse (which is how you'll enable section management), there were a lot of options and buttons that you had to navigate.
Honestly, it was still probably simpler than many other editing systems we've seen, but it wasn't the level of simplicity and ease that you would expect from Clover.
So we've made it much better.
Here is a view of the old version, with all the possible actions you could take to add, reorder, edit and delete sections:
The New Design
Ultimately, we decided to make section management its own mode that can be accessed from the new site panel editor. Along with that, we moved all section editing into a full-screen editor, so it makes it easier to focus on your content as you edit the different sections on your page. As you'll see below, this is an idea of the way it will work with the new design, which is a huge leap forward from what we originally imagined:
Bottom line? Now, adding, deleting, and reordering sections will be much more focused, allowing for easier, less intimidating management. And to be quite honest - it makes doing it a lot more fun.
Have any questions or thoughts about this? Let us know in the comments!