The Block Model System

The application the Web CMS Service uses was created by Hannon Hill. We've taken the application and extended its potential to allow for a considerable amount of flexibility and customization.

The Service offers two page templates: the Flex page and the Internal Page - Standard. Both templates employ the block model system.

The page templates leverage the best aspects a CMS can offer: a text processor interface for easy content management and sophisticated widgets called blocks that can be plugged into various locations on a page and reused across multiple pages or sites. One update to a block will roll out to all the pages to which it's been linked. 

Benefits of the block model system?

  • A plug 'n' play interface
  • Reuseable content
  • Easily reconfigured for new look
  • Countless ways to lay out your content within the two templates

How it works

Page templates have three tiers of content management:

  1. The simplest: use the text processor region in the page templates to add your content.
  2. Use the embedded block regions that are built directly into the page templates, such as the Repeating Content Blocks. These give users a structured way to embed content, including images, spotlights and additional block content that will, in turn, be formatted automatically when published out to a website.
  3. The Content Library. The Library is a repository of individual blocks that address a specific need. Some blocks are reserved for managers as they require access to restricted areas of a site or knowledge of programming in order to make them work properly. The General section offers form-based blocks for quick creation and implementation of content that meets specific needs, like RSS feeds, FAQ question-answer pairsets, video blocks and more. All blocks in the Library can be copied down to your site for customization and attachment to your pages.