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    Custom HTML Block

    Lego my blocks

    This is a feature request. I want every future post on this network to have the title "HTML Block". Who's with me?

    I'm sure you get the point and I can't imagine this has not been brought up before. Again, ease of use for the admin of site running a site is the focus here because they are the primary customer.

    Imagine having the menu editor where each of the menus were called "menu" and only after clicking edit you could see the related information. Some would bear with it but I am sure would welcome individual naming of these elements. No developer would want to work with a program that would not allow you to name certain elements for easy categorization if they had the choice. Naming items saves time and avoids confusion.

    Another key benefit in naming items

    Another benefit of naming items is the possibility that these items once uniquely named could find a storage area in available blocks allowing for their reuse. In other words, they could become "custom blocks". If I wanted to use an "HTML Block" with custom htlml currently I would have to copy the code create another "html block" and paste it and save it in a similarly named "HTML Block"

    Only Social Engine benefits from being able to have their custom named boxes used over and over. This limits an admins creativity and innovation in being able to customize their site with their own custom uniquely named "HTML blocks"
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      Garfield Yay!. Custom named HTML Blocks are slated for Social Engine PHP 4.9!
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      ScriptTechs Data66 This is a great idea. Hope it gets implemented.
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      Garfield I spelled Custom wrong in the heading. Just acknowledging that. Also the first line in this post is not serious. It was meant to make a point about the inability to name the HTML Blocks. I would edit all this but my editing time expired on this post.
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    Give Admins the same editor Members use for blog posts

    Provide a Modal Editor with true power

    As I created this post I have an editor that allows me to upload images but the admin on any Social Engine Product does not enjoy the same ease of use. They need to go outside of the editor to upload an image and copy the url to paste in a low featured editor.

    This is not asking for a new feature as much as using existing technology on the site in other places. The admin is the person who will be using the site most to customize their network. However, when it comes to the editor they are given a shovel while members get a backhoe. If you can give members a dump truck then at least provide an Admin with the same power, not more not less.

    Not all potential members are coders and while a good job has been done to make the interface non-coder friendly. A wysiswyg editor is a staple of user friendly success that has been used by Wordpress to great effect. The admin is no less important a user than a regular member and in fact may actually be the critical person to focus on for user adoption because if it doesn't work for them there will be no opportunity for members to use social engine because they may go looking elsewhere for something as simple wysiswyg editor to help manage their network.

    I myself use an outside editor for the "HTML block" which is more powerful than "rich text editor". The admin rich text editor doesn't even have image upload so it's power is severely limited if people want to upload pictures from their desktop and onto their network. Using images from outside sources while quick and easy may lead to content with dead image links if those images are ever removed. 
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      Dave Thank you Garfield for mentioning "not all members are coders". I have tried to make mention of that for some time now. Although not absolutely specific to your situation, thanks for bringing it up. Is the editor you use compatible with SE? And can it be integrated easily? Cheers.
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      Francisco Ramirez It's a great idea.