Design

The arrangement and appearance from content elements can be defined on different areas. The coarse structure is defined with the page layout where structure elements like grid elements might further organize the content in columns, registers, and the like. Fine tuning can be done on a content element basis by altering the frame, attributes and background.

Page layout

With a page layout the coarse page structure is defined. They can be selected in the page properties dialog under the appearance tab. See as well demo site.

Available page layouts

Available page layouts

Note

The page layouts with a navigation menu on the side allow to add content too.

Structure elements

With structure elements the content area might be further organized. Typical elements are containers, columns, accordions and tabs. See as well demo site.

This extension supports the following extensions providing similar structure elements:

Tip

To minimize maintenance expenses it is recommended to just use one extension providing structure elements.

The available structure elements can be found in the new content element wizard under the Grid Elements, Flux content or Container tab:

"Grid Elements"-tab in new content element wizard

“Grid Elements”-tab in new content element wizard


"Flux content"-tab in new content element wizard

“Flux content”-tab in new content element wizard


"Container"-tab in new content element wizard

“Container”-tab in new content element wizard

Content element

Images tab

Image cropping

To faster crop images to be used in tiles the side ratios 2:1, 3:4, 9:16 and 1:2 were added.

Note

When defining an image crop area with the same side ratio (e.g. 2:1) as used for the content element layout the image might not fill the entire tile area. This is due to the fact that the tile area is having the exact side ratio where the images side ratio deviates from that due to the tile border. After approximating the image area with the exact tile ratio select the free side ratio to fine adjust the area.

Image variants

Usually the images are used in a content element using the content width. To optimize page loading time and reducing the data bandwidth the image sizes are adapted to the content width. This works fine for most cases.

In case one likes to use images in a content element spanning a different width (e.g. the full page width) the resolution might result to be too small resulting in not sharp images. For this situation the image variant selector has been introduced allowing to adapt the image rendering to different sizes (e.g. “Full page width”).

Image scaling

The image sizes for the different screen sizes are defined by the selected image variants as well as the image column count.

Some times an editor adds additional elements for structuring the content area resulting in a smaller available space for images. To deliver the optimal image size under such conditions a scaling can be defined.

As an example consider adding a two column structure element with the first column being 33% and the second column 67% from the content width. Let’s assume the two columns to be next to each other for screen sizes bigger than md. Now when adding an image to the first column (33% width) the rendered image would be two times bigger than needed (due to the system not knowing how much space is available in the column). To deliver optimal sized images the following scaling definition could be used:

xl: 0.33,
lg: 0.33,
md: 0.33,
sm: 1.0,
xs: 1.0

Important

Before adjusting the image scaling manually make sure the images aren’t yet created with the correct sizes. The extension pizpalue supports image scaling for structure elements by providing view helpers (see view helpers Render/Bootstrap/Column, Structure/Wrap/Column and Structure/Multiplier/GetForColumn) and adjusting the content element template. Extensions like pp_gridelements might already make use of them and deliver correct image sizes. See as well Integration-Templating.

Appearance tab

Tile layouts

Three tile layouts and a Layout screen breakpoint selector were added.

By selecting a Layout screen breakpoint a css class is added to the content element allowing to adjust the layout depending on the screen width. This is currently used in conjunction with tile layouts but might be used in other contexts as well.

Content element layouts and layout breakpoints

Content element layouts and layout breakpoints

Note

Tile views

Tile views can be created by arranging tiles in columns. For this the classes pp-tile-row and no-gutters are assigned to the row and pp-tile-col to the column tag. The extension pp_gridelements provides the structure element tile unit that assigns the mentioned classes directly.

The tile border width can be adjusted in the constant editor (PIZPALUE: CLIENT STYLE - Tile gutter).

In case a tile content needs to be vertically scrolled the class pp-tile-scroll-y might be assigned to the tile.

Emphasize media layout

For the content element Text & media a teaser- and read more-field as well as the layout Emphasize media has been added to stronger draw the users attention to the media.

Emphasize media layout for content element text and media

Note

The layout Emphasize media increases the image width by 40%. To adapt the images to the new width the TS configuration emphasizeMediaMultiplier has been introduced (.left. applies to the image orientation left. See as well right, centered_left and centered_right for other orientations):

lib.contentElement.settings.responsiveimages.contentelements.textmedia {
   left.emphasizeMediaMultiplier {
      default = 0.7
      xlarge = 0.7
      large = 0.7
      medium = 0.7
   }
}

In case an other with for images is desired the respective configurations should be adapted.

Custom frames

Additional frames can be selected for content elements (see example):

Custom frames for content elements

Custom frames for content elements

Note

The custom frame 4 doesn’t have any style definition. You might use it according your needs.

Background variants

As for the images a variants selector has been introduced for the background images allowing to adapt the background image size to the container width. In case a content element isn’t embedded into a structure element it is likely that it should be displayed on the entire display width hence Full page width should be selected.

Background

The bootstrap package offers a possibility to add a background image to the content element.

Its configuration has been adapted to enable the background image as well when no frame is used for the content element. In this case just a wrapping div is added.

Attributes

Sometimes it would be handy to directly alter attributes from a content element. For example to assign additional classes, some inline style or new attributes.

This functionality has been added by introducing additional fields to the content element table and adapting the rendering accordingly. The new fields are available under the appearance tab in the “Attributes” section.

Customizing attributes for a content element

Customizing attributes for a content element

Some predefined classes and attributes can be assigned by help of the adjacent selector box. The selector box for the “Additional attributes” field shows data attributes related to the scroll animation.

Note

For security reasons all attributes are filtered. Currently just data attributes are allowed in the “Additional attributes” field.

Note

Style definitions will be included to the header when curly brackets are used. Otherwise they will be added inline.

Note

When defining styles the key #self can be used to refer to the content elements id attribute. Example: #self .frame-inner { border: red 1px dashed; }