Jun 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM
Edited Jun 21, 2011 at 7:37 PM
I brought this up about 12 months ago... But since I've now got 3 clients to deliver Orchard sites for in the next few months I feel I have to raise this again.
The flow to author, preview and edit content is insufficient and onerous. One must.
1) Create a new page (& publish it live)
2) Click on the orchard logo in the top left to open up the font-end
3) Navigate their way to that page
4) View it and then click edit
5) Go through (2)-(4) for every edit they make.
Alternatively if the user is savvy then at step (2) the user can open a new tab and work in 2 windows. While this is ok once you get to step (4) it is not intuitive and something I would prefer not to train my clients to do.
(6) Furthermore I want to view my content without the "Edit" dotted box and link so that I can see my page as another user would. To do this I have to open up a second browser! Again as developer this is ok, but if you want to win non-technical people for
this project, this is not ok!!!
Quick and dirty suggestions:
1) It must be very straight forward to: add a button or link on the "edit page" page to point to the most recent version of that page. At least a link with the message "Your Page has been created." when the page has been saved in the green box up the top.
More thorough suggestions:
1) Add a "Save & Preview" button that opens up the page after saving.
2) When viewing content, Add some form of UI in a corner of the window (bottom left, top left etc.) to toggle the editing boxes client side so no post back occurs.
3) Add a "Preview Draft" feature that allows the author to see their changes without publishing to the live page.