Mentor Web Blocks is a ground breaking free and open source Umbraco package that further enhances the already fantastic Umbraco 7. Mentor Web Blocks adds drag and drop website building functionality for content editors, and excellent code encapsulation/reuse for developers.
Developed by certified Umbraco developers at Mentor Digital, the Mentor Web Blocks project is the culmination of almost 4 years of front and back end development work. The Web Blocks system is already in use by multiple major NHS websites, FTSE 250 companies, charities and large scale membership organisations.
The Web Blocks system has been developed to encapsulate code for each block in a re-usable and loosely coupled way. Blocks can now makes use of Partial Views, neatly organising your scripts into re-usable and shareable snippets. Templates can be developed to be pre-populated with blocks and also blocks can be added retrospectively to templates populating all pages using this template with the new block that has been added. For interface developers the Web Blocks system is very flexible and can adapted to work with any interface framework.
The Web Blocks system provides the ability to drag blocks of content into defined areas on a preview canvas. Blocks can be created directly in the editor without needing to ever leave the page you are editing. Alternatively, users can create blocks in the content tree in the same way as creating normal pages i.e. from pre-defined block/content types. Blocks behave just like any other node in the content tree and can have any properties - because a block is an umbraco content node. Once created, blocks can be dragged into the preview panel and re-ordered by dragging around the canvas. Once on the canvas, a block can be double-clicked to pop-up an overlay showing the parameters of that block including WYSISYG editor, media pickers etc.
This includes Umbraco 7.2.2, Mentor Web Blocks, starter templates, starter blocks and styling (CSS/SASS).
Simply unzip it, open the Visual Studio solution and run it!
The Umbraco username for Umbraco is:
PM> Install-Package MentorWebBlocks
We have provided a 'Get Started' guide as a downloadable document below.
If you have a question or you require some assistance, please go tohttp://www.mentorwebblocks.com/support/forum/
Additionally, tweet us on: @mentorwebblocks or @craignoble1989
You can report issues at:
We are currently moving the source code back in to GitHub. So please do not fork this repository yet.
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