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Last updated: Feb 23 2018

Area: Episerver CMS Applies to versions: Latest

The Episerver user interface

The Episerver user interface is split in two parts, one for editors (edit view) and one for administrators (admin view). Access to the different parts are controlled through access rights.

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Global menu

Assuming that you have sufficient access rights, the edit and admin views are accessible from the global menu at the top of the user interface. Other products in the Episerver platform, for example Commerce and Find, also become available from the global menu when installed.

 

Edit view and on-page editing

Editors work in edit view to edit content and build the website structure. They can add images and blocks by drag and drop. Pages can be edited directly in the on-page edit view and the editors see how the page will look when it is published. Content can be edited or previewed on different predefined resolutions and channels.

In the edit view, the navigation pane to the left displays your site's page tree structure. The page tree structure corresponds to the structure of your site. This is also where editors can switch to another language branch if the site has been set up with multiple languages. The assets pane to the right contain folder structures for blocks and media (images, documents, videos etc).

Blocks are pieces of content that can be reused in multiple locations on the site, such as a product banner or link collection. The underlying structure for assets is shared between blocks and media so they share the same access rights and folders. This means that if you create an Animals folder under Blocks, you will also have an Animals folder under Media. The assets pane is merely a way of separating them visually for the benefit of the editors.

When editing text in a content area, the editor is using a third-party editor called TinyMCE. This editor can be configured through code or in the admin view. It can also be replaced with another editor.

You can add built-in gadgets to either one of the navigation or assets pane, and it is also possible to add customized gadgets to the user interface. One of the most useful is the Versions gadget which lists the 20 latest versions of a page (the number is configurable).

All Properties editing

The All Properties view gives editors access to all page properties, even those that are not visible in the on-page view, such as SEO properties and page categories.

As a developer you can create property types and add them to page templates. You can also group them together on tabs. 

Admin view

Administrators and developers work in the admin view to configure websites, for example, by setting host names, languages and access rights.

Other UI parts

From the global menu you can also find:

  • Dashboard. The dashboard is an area where you can add gadgets (such as a Google Analytics gadget). There are built-in gadgets in Episerver, or you can choose to develop your own.
  • Report Center. In the Report center you can find reports on Episerver data. Episerver comes with a number of standard reports but as a developer, you can add your own customized reports as well.
  • Visitor Groups. Visitor groups is a user interface where editors can create visitor groups based on the certain criteria. The visitor groups are for personalizing content. Episerver comes with a number of built-in visitor group criteria but as a developer, you can add your own customized criteria as well.
  • Episerver Commerce. If Episerver Commerce is installed, you find a link to the Commerce user interface in the global menu.
  • Episerver Find. If Episerver Find is installed, you find a link to the Find user interface in the global menu.
  • Installed add-ons. Add-ons are plug-ins and extension developed by Episerver and by third-party companies. Some add-ons are installed and used as gadgets in Episerver, but some are available from the global menu. You can also create your own customized add-on and add that to the global menu.

Search

The Episerver platform comes with built-in search support. The search functionality can be used both by editors to find content in the edit view and by site visitors on the site to find the information they are looking for. The Episerver search engine is based on Lucene. You can add Episerver Find to your solution to build more powerful search features. 

Pluggable UI

The Episerver user interface is component-based and pluggable, allowing you to add customized gadgets to both the left and right panes in the edit view, as well as the dashboard. The user interface framework is based on a server-side part using ASP.NET MVC, and a client-side part using the JavaScript library Dojo. You can also add plug-ins to the admin view.

  • Support for drag-and-drop functionality based on the DND system in Dojo.
  • Extendable navigation for easy access to customized modules from the global menu.
  • Support for Dojo Toolkit including Dijit for widgets, as well as JQuery.
  • The same user interface framework is used across platform parts.

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