3 Steps To Getting Started With InContext Editing

- Monday, April 19, 2010

As previously announced, we've recently launched a beta version of our new InContext Editing feature for you and your clients to take for a test drive.

Over the past week, we've received some great feedback from Partners via the Community Forums and would like to address any questions you might have regarding this exciting new feature.

In this post, we'll run through three easy steps to getting started with InContext Editing, pointing you in the right direction with links to the relevant articles and resources.

1. Download the BC Extension

One of the great new features of InContext Editing is the ability to set editable regions for your clients. This allows you to lock down certain page elements while leaving other areas editable while in InContext Editing mode.

The best way to take advantage of this new feature is to use InContext Editings tight integration with Adobe Dreamweaver. To speed up the process, make sure you download the BC Extension for Dreamweaver which allows you to interface directly with BC sites via your Dreamweaver workspace.

DW Extension

While not mandatory for setting up InContext Editing, we recommend use of the BC Extension as it simplifies the setup of BC sites within Dreamweaver, saving you time and streamlining your workflows.

2. Controlling Editable Regions

In addition to using Dreamweaver to control your editable regions, you are also able to define them manually by coding them into the HTML of your pages.

If you're using another third-party HTML editor such as Coda or Expresso, or even a basic text editor like Notepad, this means you can still take advantage of InContext Editings editable regions using your tool of choice.

Property Inspector

By default, your clients are able to edit the entire page (including the Site Wide Template) using InContext Editing - if you'd like to lock the editable regions down, it's important you refer to the following articles:

3. Using InContext Editing

InContext Editing allows your clients to edit their content "in context" rather than having a WYSIWYG editor pop-up over the top of the page. This makes simple page edits a much more user intuitive process, with the new content automatically taking on the previously defined styling.

To enter InContext Editing, simply navigate to Website > InContext Editing from the Admin Console.

ICE

To find out more, refer to the following article:

Once you've set up InContext Editing on your existing sites, this is a great article to refer your clients to.

So why not dive in and take InContext Editing for a spin? We'd love to hear your feedback in the comments section of this post and will keep you updated on the final release of this feature over the coming weeks.

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