Web editing - What is the CMS workarea?
A look at the Web content management system workarea.
Once logged into Episerver, you will be redirected back to the last UWL page you were on but with an additional panel for editing options.
Clicking the edit icon will take you into what we call the workarea.
Inside the workarea is where you'll edit your page content, media assets and blocks. Here's a breakdown of the important utilities in the workarea.
Editable site content
Once inside the workarea, it will look similar to the screenshot below. There are numerous icons across the top which all have a purpose but two specific icons are highlighted later on in this article as the most important panels within the workarea.
The page content mirrors what is shown on the actual website, with the addition of outlined areas. These outlined areas are called content zones. All editable page content will be outlined in blue when hovered over. Visit the "see also" section of this article to learn about content zones.
The navigation pane contains every UWL page. Most pages for web editors will be padlocked, but the structure of the site is still visible as a handy reference for where things are located. Pages with edit permission will not be padlocked and can be selected to edit.
To access the navigation pane, click the navigation pane icon in the upper left of the workarea.
Once open, the navigation pane displays all pages. Next to many pages a + (plus) or - (minus) icon can be seen which expands the page so further content can be accessed. This structure is what creates the page menus. Web editors do not have access to create or delete pages. This is an area that Web Services must be contacted to assist with. The limited access is a way to prevent accidental page deletes or duplicates, it's a safety/protection measure.
Similar to the navigation pane, the assets pane consists of all content and media for a specific site. This is where you'll be able to upload documents, images, etc. Unlike the navigation pane, you do have update, delete and creation access for the assets pane. This means you can create folders to organize your content, you can upload current documents and delete unused or outdated documents. Keeping your media library clean is very important, so delete permissions were enabled. With that said, know that you could cause damage to your site by accidentally deleting your whole media folder. Episerver does a good job of warning and preventing that, but be attentive when managing media. Visit the "see also" section to learn more about media management.
The assets pane can be accessed much like the navigation pane, except it's in the upper right of the workarea.
Clicking it expands the assets pane and you'll notice from the highlight that the assets pane has 2 tabs: Blocks and Media. Blocks is potentially not used by most web editors so Media is the focus of this pane. Clicking on Media will show a folder structure that is split into areas of campus (ex. Offices/services, Academics, Centers, etc.). If you're unsure where your folder is, work with Web Services to locate your folder.
Pin a pane
Episerver allows web editors to set up their workarea the way they like it on each device they use. If you find yourself using the assets pane or the navigation pane a lot, you can click the pin icon (screenshot below) to keep the pane open at all times. Each time you login, Episerver will remember this preference.