we are currently evaluating if Contentful is the right solution for our purposes. Obviously it is great for all content that fits into a template - blog articles etc.
However, we have many many static landing pages, which are usually unique in their design and content structure, which means they can not be abstracted to a common content type. We want our content editors to be able to edit the content, so that they dont have to deal with the code, so we would like to use contentful for those pages as well. However, creating a new content model for each one of those is not an option due to the limit on content models that come with each plan.
How would you solve this problem? This should be a common issue I guess.
Thanks in advance,
I have Contentful set up on a lot of static sites, and some pages just aren’t editable by the client. It depends on the client, their budget, and their options, but I’ve found that it’s better for them to just keep me on retainer or hire someone that can manage the actual code.
My reasoning is that some pages really need to be designed. They aren’t templates and shouldn’t be. Design takes thought and these pages should be carefully constructed with images and copy working together to tell a story. Clients often can’t do that, which is why they hire designers (hopefully).
I do have one client that edits directly in Github. However, the client is super smart and super rare.
I’m not sure what your role is (designer, developer, etc.). In my use case, I’m a frontend designer, so I’m comfortable designing in the code. If that’s your role as well, I’d suggest you just keep doing the one offs when you need it. If the pages need to be unique, then they should pay for themselves.
Also, I’ve worked with a lot of other CMSs. Clients seem to think that there is some magical CMS out there that lets them edit a webpage like a Word doc. There are some that seem to work that way, but not really. There is no “perfect” CMS, Contentful is the closest I’ve found.
You are right that a lot of times it would be better if editors could not change content on static pages, since it might break the design. However, in our case I am the developer of a company and the users of contentful would be our inhouse content editors. Our website has many static pages, and small changes and optimizations occure quite often, so it would be quite inefficient if I have to do all small changes for them.
Just wanted to bump this thread and would love to hear from the Contentful team.
I feel like there are so many beginner tutorials out there for creating sites with repeatable content like blog posts but its hard to find an implementation similar to what @araphiel mentioned which seems to be Contentful’s recommended use of content types.
My vision -is to create content type with abstract names (datatype+counter) of fields
int001 int002 …
image001, image002 as much as different types are needed
For each single page you can create new record and put piece of data to first appropriate empty fields
First 2 fields reserved for name of that page and detailed description of fields meaning.
What about this idea?