Content area's within Blocks (Blocks in Blocks)

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Hello All

We are investigating using content area's within blocks so blocks can be inserted within blocks and were wondering what peoples thoughts were on this. Does any one forsee any issues. I know previously EPiServer did not recommend using Blocks in Blocks as editors can get lost in all the different views although the new UI in 8 has tidied it up alot more and simplifies alot of it.

Here is a quick example i made : http://screencast.com/t/HM20dHN6C

Thanks


Minesh

#120555
Apr 20, 2015 13:56
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We are investigating using content area's within blocks so blocks can be inserted within blocks and were wondering what peoples thoughts were on this. Does any one forsee any issues.

I know previously EPiServer did not recommend using Blocks in Blocks as editors can get lost in all the different views although the new UI in 8 has tidied it up alot more and simplifies alot of it.

Here is a quick example i made : http://screencast.com/t/HM20dHN6C

#120556
Apr 20, 2015 13:58
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Hi, Minesh,

Your usecase looks quite fine to me, I don't see any issues with the approach. As long as you restrict the ContentArea to accept only certain type of block, it is very natural for the editors to use this, IMO.

What is not recommended is to overuse nested blocks for something that can be solved in a different way - ex. to simply group blocks (that could be solved with Bootstrap). I would also avoid using it too deep, block in a block in a block..., since if there is a need to use standard search, you would need to traverse through all the blocks to save the searchable properties (https://jstemerdink.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/indexing-blocks-with-episerver-search-part-2/) and it might affect performances if you have many levels.

BR,

Marija

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Apr 20, 2015 15:36