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Introduction to the Components Editor

The Components Editor, made available as a beta release on 19 July 2021, is an evolution of the old visual editor, for editing the content of web pages within SiteBuilder. It's based on components, such as images, news feeds and layout blocks. You can add components to a page along with text and tables, configuring and repositioning the components as necessary.

We welcome your feedback, which we'll use to make improvements - please use the dedicated form, accessed via the feedback form button at the top of the editor.

In this article:

Accessibility

The need for Warwick to comply with accessibility legislation and improve the accessibility of existing content on the website drove the development of the Components Editor. The editor provides an accessibility pane which details issues with the content on your page as you edit it, along with options for fixing them. We will expand the range of issues the editor can detect in future releases, but it's not possible to automatically detect all issues so manual checking is also necessary - see our accessibility checklist.

Main differences from the old visual editor

The Components Editor has options, icons, settings and functionality that will be familiar to you from the old visual editor. The main differences are:

  • How content is handled - the Components Editor handles and stores content differently from the old visual editor. This means that pages created for the old visual editor need to be converted (see below) before they can be edited with the Components Editor. A page edited with, or created for, the Components Editor cannot then be edited with the old visual editor or the raw editor.
  • Page layouts - you can create and rearrange your own page layouts by adding and repositioning components.
  • Right-hand content - there is no right-hand content that must be edited separately. Separation of content is achieved through layout blocks, so you can edit the entire page in the same place.
  • Page history - previous versions of a page include the contents of components. In the old visual editor, there is no history for content blocks used in layouts.
  • HTML - there is no access to the HTML for an entire page, as there is with the old visual editor (via the toolbar button) or the raw editor. There is instead a Custom HTML component, which you can add to a page along with other components, or have as the only component on the page.

Creation of new pages for editing with the Components Editor

When you create a new blank page, you have the choice of creating it for editing with the Components Editor or the old (classic) editor. In future SiteBuilder releases, many of the existing SiteBuilder page templates will be available as components within the Components Editor. You will be able to create dedicated pages for the Components Editor from the templates that are not made available as components, including News, Form and Bookings.

Conversion of existing pages for editing with the Components Editor

In a future SiteBuilder release, there will be a button on the Current page tab to convert pages for editing with the Components Editor. This process will, as far as possible, automatically convert the page content into a format editable within the Components Editor. You can then see how your content looks, make changes and preview the page before publishing it. Selecting Close, don't save within the Components Editor cancels the page conversion.

Important: once you convert and publish a page using the Components Editor it will not be possible to edit the page using the old visual editor or the raw editor. This is highlighted in the Components Editor before you publish. Pages that are not published using the Components Editor are unaffected and you can continue to edit them with the old visual editor or raw editor.

After a page is converted, you will be able to use SiteBuilder's History tab to view previous versions of it, as usual, but will only be able to restore versions published using the Components Editor.

Support

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