Mar 23, 2011 at 4:17 PM
Edited Mar 23, 2011 at 4:23 PM
Right - I think I see what you're getting at now.
What you want to do is create a new Content Type, you can do this from the Dashboard menu. Call your type "PageWithTwoTextPanels" for instance. Now click "Add Parts" and add the following: Common, Routable, Menu. Note that we didn't add the Body part; so
this type of content can be placed on a URL but won't have any defined body.
Now you can install the "HTML field" module. This will allow you to add any amount of custom fields to your new content type, so you can add one for each panel of text you need.
At this point I'm not sure the best way to get those fields into the page! But there will be certain templates you can override, and/or ways to push those field values into Zones. This is something I've been thinking about how to do neatly
in Orchard but haven't had time to properly look into yet. You could combine all this with one of the layout selection systems we described, so you can select different layouts for the different types or items of content you create. I'm sure there's an easy
way to get those field values into the layout template, if I get chance later I'll look into it. But you can try searching for Orchard tutorials on Fields and how to use them.
You could achieve something with widgets instead, but I think due to way widgets and layers are applied site-wide, it would be very fiddly to do; you'd have to set up a new layer for each piece of content, then keep adding new widgets to fill the
panels each time you made a new page - not a very nice UI!
The other route you could go down is building your own ContentPart that would give you editing experience you need, and use your Driver definition to push content into Zones (I've seen examples of how to do that already).