Multiple Content Areas like Drupal
Since most websites have more than one content block, why can't wordpress allow the creation of multiple content areas in the visual editor. As such, Drupal scores one over WordPress in this feature.
Right now, the only solutions available for this are:
1. Use text widgets. (difficult to manage)
2. Use plugins. (text formatting doesnt work with extra content areas)
3. Tell the client to learn HTML. (a big turn off)
4. use tags for exploding the main content. (again very cumbersome)
I hope the WP team finds out how valuable multiple content areas can be.
Many more Drupal users would love to shift to WP, but for the lack of this one important feature.
A more manageable widgets area would be great as a core function. Like Joomla has modules.
I'm now using TS Custom Widgets Plugin (great plugin, hands up for the developers) in combination with text widgets, but as sajohnsmith says they are difficult to manage.
Couldn't agree more.
Only recently have I had to ditch WordPress for a client job and use ExpressionEngine for this very reason.
The traditional WordPress sidebar is fantastic, especially for the widgets, but when each page needs custom content in the sidebar (a content block, related links to *that* page, etc) WordPress struggles.
Hey, me too! I have also been wondering why that is the case with Word press. I mean that is the only thing I have found a bit unconditional about word press. Using text widgets seems to be the only possible way we could achieve that. Using plug-ins seems to be another way around but still that also does not give us the complete satisfaction. I guess Drupal gives us a little bit more insurance than Word press, it seems!
I'm trying to create a new Top-level Admin menu item called 'Website Text' where a user can edit specific areas of text displayed on pages of their website.
I'd need to be able to reference and display this content on pages or templates.
So for example the user could edit their Biography text via the 'Website Text' menu item, and their biography text on their About Me page would be updated.
Is there a plugin out there that can achieve this?
I support the opinion of our friend sajohnsmith indeed very galley is to manage content on the homepage, his will be a good idea to develop this plugin that will work to catch up drupal on this score!
Some great ideas here! I had used Flutter, but had also found it to have some weird behavior (perhaps in interaction with something else). Another one I had heard a lot about was Pods, but I could not get it to work at the time.
I have done custom things, but had not seen Secondary HTML Content or Custom Widgets plugins.
Now that we have custom post types, it might be nice to combine the Secondary HTML concept with custom post types. It is a no-brainer to say that a certain type of page/post/whatever needs certain extra fields.
Also, Secondary HTML does not give you the ability to label the HTML blocks, which I think is critical for a friendly UI for clients. But very nice, it might be extended, as well.
There are many themes and framework themes that have multiple content areas e.g. Thematic (13 widgetisd areas) or even the Thematic Power blog child theme with 17 widgetised areas. (An extra 4 to the 13 in the parent theme)
You can do this easily with the PODS CMS plugin: http://podscms.org (it's free).
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