Centre For Design, eZ Publish Case Study - Admin View

Admin View The Admin view is how people managing the content see the site. However, this is not necessarily how the user sees the site—from a display perspective as well as the structuring of information. As mentioned earlier, a user view is best represented by a sitemap; for the Admin view we found the tree structure to work well. The Admin view is about where to add, edit, and delete content. It's like a file server where the content is organized in a logical manner for easy access. How that content is viewed by the user is a different thing altogether. The purpose of the Admin view is to make things easier for the people creating and managing the content. The Admin view became a working area, a repository of information that needed to be structured appropriately. As content entered in one area was to appear in other areas, we initially proposed that the admin section be structured according to the content types. Thus when logging into the admin section, rather than getting a list of sections as defined in the user view, we proposed providing a list of content types: Content Type Appears In Publications Sustainable Products Sustainable Buildings Life Cycle Assessment Publications Projects Sustainable Products Sustainable Buildings Life Cycle Assessment Training Sustainable Products Sustainable Buildings Life Cycle Assessment Training Although on the surface this made sense to both us and the client, the implementation did not prove to be intuitive from a usability perspective. The end decision was to implement a hybrid approach. We listed the main sections as per the user view, also listing content types that didn't have their own dedicated section, for example, Links. Center for Design at RMIT Case Study 262 The admin page would contain the following sections: • Sustainable Products • Sustainable Buildings • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) • Training • Research & Consulting • Publications • Links • News • Misc Most of these sections worked in a straightforward manner: you simply clicked on the section and added content. Where content should appear was defined within the system, so the administrator didn't have to worry about adding the content in more than one place. The exceptions to this were Links and Misc.