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The builder’s dilemma: No layout left behind

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Session Description:
WordPress announced that it won’t be following its regular release cycle in 2017. The core team is going to focus on three key projects, of which the largest is reimagining the content editing experience.

Enter the inline page builder. The web design and development community is actively trying to figure out how to give users the flexibility they want while offering a beautiful experience. Give the users too much control and you have the blink tag myspace debacle or even outright confusion. Too few visual options and everyone’s Facebook presence looks the same. Are you getting asked by your content creators for more flexibility?

Perhaps they are asking for layout editors or builders outright. So how do we keep the web beautiful while making content creation intuitive and flexible? Rather than your traditional CMS template, modules/blocks are designed which can be placed on the page in a variety of configurations by the content creator. Substantial flexibility unlocked! Now the pickle. Dump a giant box of Legos in front of most adults, and they will balk. Too many options does not actually make for an awesome experience. The great news is that the community is heading in the right direction.

We’ll review the key players in the builder space and discuss the merit of this new approach to design and content management for your own site. Perfect for every project? Heck no. Worthy of your attention? Undeniably.

Travis Totz

What is WPCampus?
WPCampus 2017 was the second annual in-person conference for the WPCampus community, a gathering of web professionals, educators and people dedicated to the confluence of WordPress in higher education. The event took place July 14-15 on the campus of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Learn more about the event at

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