Learn how the dreaded “content blob” and its partner the “body field” are making a glorious return to relevance, and why they may hold the key to providing the best UX for content creators since the invention of the WYSIWYG.
This session will explore and demonstrate the most effective content editing interfaces in existence to show off the power of the content blob on the modern web. A growing list of amazing projects are rapidly changing how we think about content and our fear of the body field:
- Gutenberg (WordPress and Drupal)
- Medium (blogging platform)
- Ghost CMS (blogging platform)
- Cohesion (Drupal)
- Tina/Sanity et al (Visual page builders)
- MDX (Markdown for the component world)
Using live demos and behind-the-scenes explanations, attendees will get a deep dive into how these projects work, why they matter, and how Drupal may adapt (or not) to this new paradigm. You will learn:
- What makes these techniques so effective for content editors
- When “structured content” is not always the right answer
- How Paragraphs and similar techniques can end up controlling you
- How content blobs may affect migrations and content portability
- Is Drupal prepared for this world? Is it too late?
From Flexinode and CCK to Panels and Paragraphs to Display Suite and Layout Builder, Drupal developers have continually invented and reinvented multiple methods for making order out of chaos, often in an attempt to solve the body field problem. As it turns out the body field is back, and better than ever. This session will help you understand if it has a place in your future.
Tim BroekerTechnical Director @ Electric Citizen
Tim is a co-founder and technical directory at Electric Citizen, a full-service Drupal agency that focuses on building great web experiences across the public sector. He has been developing and launching large, high-profile websites since 1994 and has built applications in more than 17 distinct content management systems. He lives in Minneapolis, MN with his two daughters (plus one Bassett hound and a stray barn cat.)