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In a previous blog post, I started to introduce a concept of an adaptive content repository that would be “context aware”. The purpose is to explore future features of the eZ Platform. In this post, I’ll focus on one way to apply this context to the content repository. We think it could be useful to content marketers and could enable smart content strategy. If you are lazy and don't want to read, jump to the end of the post, there is a slideshow showing the suggested feature.

07/18/2014 06:47 pm   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @2862

Since the early days, eZ Publish has been implementing some key ingredients of what it takes to build efficient content strategies. Talk with UX experts, content strategists and other information architects, they will often tell you about the war between chunks and bytes, about the importance of separating presentation from content, about how valuable it can be to model your content to your own needs and business and about other benefits from very adaptive and flexible content repositories. That is all true.

06/11/2014 06:27 am   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @2848

Hi all,

We've not been posting lately but it doesn't mean we haven't make progress. We have!
I have in the pipeline three stories to share - coming soon. We also started working on visual design and I hope to share more soon as well.
For now I would like to bring some more information on the way we manage sub-items in the Offsite User Interface (OUI) as this is one of the topics that raised quite some questions and comments.

04/12/2013 06:00 pm   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @2856

Hi all, this is 4th blog post we would like to share regarding the process of redefining the user interface for the eZ Publish Platform.

On this one, we will keep looking at a pure "wcm" feature of eZ Publish: the front page editing capability. This was already slightly touched by the previous story. Now we will look at this in more details, looking at how it can be used to manage complex front pages.

03/19/2013 04:52 pm   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @2922

Hello all,

Time for the third story of our initial UX concept for eZ Publish next User Interface. Read on!

It is about landing page and building forms.

03/16/2013 01:41 pm   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @2906

Hello all,

Here is the second of the six user stories that we use to craft the next eZ Publish Editorial User Interface! It is about Search and Creating containers such as image galleries. We still have much more to share so stay tuned, and as always, please bring any feedback in the Comment section.

Note: we will soon activate rss on this blog to make it easier to follow (oops...) and each new post here we will also post on twitter using the #eznextui hashtag! Feel free to use it as well.

03/14/2013 07:53 pm   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @2854

Hello all,

Here is the second of the six user stories that we use to craft the next eZ Publish Editorial User Interface! It is about Search and Creating containers such as image galleries. We still have much more to share so stay tuned, and as always, please bring any feedback in the Comment section.

Note: we will soon activate rss on this blog to make it easier to follow (oops...) and each new post here we will also post on twitter using the #eznextui hashtag! Feel free to use it as well.

03/14/2013 07:53 pm   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @2863

As we discussed here, we will share the work we do on redesigning the eZ Publish user interface. I decided to open a specific temporary blog for that.

03/10/2013 04:28 pm   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @2906

As we discussed here, we will share the work we do on redesigning the eZ Publish user interface. I decided to open a specific temporary blog for that.

03/10/2013 04:28 pm   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @2875

Hi everyone,

This is an update on the work we are doing nowadays at eZ to improve editors' lives. When I rejoined eZ a few months back, I was amazed and very excited by all the challenges eZ was working on, from a new Web architecture based on Symfony2 to the huge move to a full digital User Experience Management platform. A lot of projects and challenges, and a huge opportunity to make a real difference.

While the challenges above are really super exciting and important, there is another challenge that has been discussed, but that I am sure is still really unclear: how eZ will improve the lives of editors with a much better user experience on all the user interface of the platform.

Indeed, we all know that the current user interface now is the one inherited from eZ Publish 3 - I don't want to count the years! This user interface had some real strengths back in the day, especially compared to many of our competitors. Some are still totally true, some less… and it still competes well with the old generation of CMS (e.g. most of the market). But the truth is that this is living in the past and it will only get worth, UX standards have evolved and the legacy interface is now hardly following.

So, now that we just rebuilt the foundation of the eZ Publish Platform, whose foundations are a new API (PHP and REST), Symfony2 as a Web framework and a new highly scalable storage repository, it is time to tackle this topic and (re)give eZ Publish a cutting edge editorial interface. This is actually the next step for eZ Publish 5 to enable to run on a 100% new system, without relying on any legacy component.

02/24/2013 11:08 am   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @2859

Hi everyone,

This is an update on the work we are doing nowadays at eZ to improve editors' lives. When I rejoined eZ a few months back, I was amazed and very excited by all the challenges eZ was working on, from a new Web architecture based on Symfony2 to the huge move to a full digital User Experience Management platform. A lot of projects and challenges, and a huge opportunity to make a real difference.

While the challenges above are really super exciting and important, there is another challenge that has been discussed, but that I am sure is still really unclear: how eZ will improve the lives of editors with a much better user experience on all the user interface of the platform.

Indeed, we all know that the current user interface now is the one inherited from eZ Publish 3 - I don't want to count the years! This user interface had some real strengths back in the day, especially compared to many of our competitors. Some are still totally true, some less… and it still competes well with the old generation of CMS (e.g. most of the market). But the truth is that this is living in the past and it will only get worth, UX standards have evolved and the legacy interface is now hardly following.

So, now that we just rebuilt the foundation of the eZ Publish Platform, whose foundations are a new API (PHP and REST), Symfony2 as a Web framework and a new highly scalable storage repository, it is time to tackle this topic and (re)give eZ Publish a cutting edge editorial interface. This is actually the next step for eZ Publish 5 to enable to run on a 100% new system, without relying on any legacy component.

02/24/2013 11:08 am   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @2871

Everyone knows that a great product is so much more than just a satisfying checklist of features. eZ Publish, as a platform, is superior to most of the other open source CMS products in regards to features and technical flexibility, but what about the editors' experience?

10/17/2012 10:25 am   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @2900

There is an issue with saving process, I have almost forgotten about, though it was mentioned multiple times during my interviews: "casual users" tend to spawn many drafts of the pages, because they start editing and then leave the system without properly discarding the draft. I know that actually some improvements were done in this area, but just wanted to add a couple of my ideas (hopefully, simple to implement, because it's mostly about labeling and front-end).

05/30/2012 11:45 am   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @5746

Meet Mr. Thomas Proutoi, 55. He is a senior logistic manager in the “Meumet” furniture company in France. He is very nice and intelligent. He is a very valuable worker and personally just a fabulous man with rich life story. He was some kind of Indiana Johnes in his youth, excavating artifacts in all corners of the world. Now he is dad and grandfather. He can repair his own car without going to service and can entertain small children for hours.

He really dislikes computers. Typing a short text in "Word" makes him suffer. Typing a longer text in "Word" makes suffer the whole IT-Department of his company, regularly. The technical support ladies are gambling for the right to take a vacation in the week when Thomas will be writing his year report.

And this guy writes very important reports, because he knows a damn lot about the business. And he should be able to publish them, together with some collateral information, on the web site using the eZ Publish.

Welcome to designer's hell. 

04/23/2012 11:55 am   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @2780

Hi guys, there are some of the typical user-stories we gathered lately (more are on their way).

04/17/2012 10:14 am   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @3228

First of all - sorry for the long delay since my previous post. Most part of last month I worked together with other programmers on Edna release. But now the code is passed to the QA and I can return to UxD. 

So, there are lots of news. Thanks to Bård, we've got personas and corresponding general use cases, three of which were selected (by voting!) as the most interesting ones. They will be worked on during following months. Though it's not guaranteed, that exactly those stories will find their way into production (that's up to PM), they are definitely the first candidates.

Those lucky 3 are:

  • Efficient Asset Finding (to provide users with powerful integrated assets browser to create & control content without leaving the page).
  • Multichannel Experience Optimization (to let editors choose in the live preview mode between different views, like desktop - pad - mobile - e.t.c.)
  • Editorial Dashboard (a powerful and flexible tool that can be configured to meet the needs of various workflows and verticals, containing information about the status of the content and possible actions).

I will describe our work on those topics later (I promise now to write more often now), but - before diving deep into discussion of possible new features - we need to cover the basic routine. And here's how you guys could help:

04/10/2012 10:36 am   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @2915

First of all - sorry for the long delay since my previous post. Most part of last month I worked together with other programmers on Edna release. But now the code is passed to the QA and I can return to UxD. 

So, there are lots of news. Thanks to Bård, we've got personas and corresponding general use cases, three of which were selected (by voting!) as the most interesting ones. They will be worked on during following months. Though it's not guaranteed, that exactly those stories will find their way into production (that's up to PM), they are definitely the first candidates.

Those lucky 3 are:

  • Efficient Asset Finding (to provide users with powerful integrated assets browser to create & control content without leaving the page).
  • Multichannel Experience Optimization (to let editors choose in the live preview mode between different views, like desktop - pad - mobile - e.t.c.)
  • Editorial Dashboard (a powerful and flexible tool that can be configured to meet the needs of various workflows and verticals, containing information about the status of the content and possible actions).

I will describe our work on those topics later (I promise now to write more often now), but - before diving deep into discussion of possible new features - we need to cover the basic routine. And here's how you guys could help:

04/10/2012 10:36 am   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @2890

Summary and a screencast of the improvements in the content edit form in the administration interface.

03/30/2012 03:39 pm   share.ez.no/blogs   Mirror   Link   @2857