Panel Pages, Views and Variants – UX

I feel like such a slacker because I didn’t post anything at all yesterday. But I have my two kids with me this weekend, and being a divorced dad doesn’t allow for much inattention when you do have them! And we’ve had fun. But, now, back to work.

I am working with the functional layout of the pages. This is where the storyboarding techniques come in handy. Writing out what will happen, how the user will react to it, what they expect and what you ARE ABLE to deliver. Drupal can do a lot. It can do about anything if you have all the skillsets needed. But, if you are working with the system in a drag and drop, plug n play sorta way, you will need to be creative in how to meet the needs of your customer.

So, i have all the diagrams about how the user will see what is available. and i have created most of the functional elements by combining core features (aggregator items, blogs and forums, etc) with Views. Views is the key.

Then, i take the View and create an interface based off of Panels. Now this will get most of the functions and workflows in the proper place. But it will look really bare boned. So after I get the main parts of the functionality in place I will begin to style everything with CSS. Then, it will be more or less complete. Once I get the core functions in place, I’ll put the name of the site out there for anyone who cares see how it fits together. There are sure to be other elements of theming in place at that point as well.

One of the things worth mentioning in using variants to supply different users with different content from the same page. and this is where variants come into play.

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