Choosing the format of page content

When it comes to storing the content of pages on Kentico MVC websites, there are two possibilities: page builder and structured pages. On this page, you can find general recommendations to help you decide which way meets your needs and demands.

The following table contains a brief overview of both possibilities. For more information, see the corresponding sections below.


Page builderStructured pages
Advantages
  • Focus on design
  • Greater control over the layout
  • More creative options
  • Better ability to fine-tune individual pages
  • Focus on content
  • Easier to work with data in code
  • Better for storing reusable content presented across multiple channels
Recommended usage
  • Landing pages
  • Home page
  • Articles
  • Products
  • News
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Structured pages

Structured content of pages is edited on the Content tab of pages in the Pages application. Content editors provide text, images, media files, and other assets, while the layout of the content is handled in the code of your MVC project. Structured content can easily be retrieved via DocumentQuery API and displayed on the live site. Alternatively, you can retrieve and display the content in various channels, such as mobile applications or third-party services.

The structure and type of the content is based on fields, which are defined for individual page types.

This approach is suitable for scenarios where you want to display a large amount of pages with similar structure of content, and you do not require control over the design on the editor side. Examples may include articles, blogs, news, or products.

Structured pages editing interface

Page builder

Page builder provides a user-friendly interface where non-technical users can manage content using configurable widgets, which need to be prepared by the developers in advance. Page builder enables content editors to experiment with different layouts and immediately see the results in a drag-and-drop interface. The page builder is focused on the design of individual pages. It is possible to retrieve content of page builder widgets in the code, but it is not as convenient as retrieving structured content.

It is also important to realize that page builder is not designed for creating whole websites. For example, consider the following reasons:

  • Frequent changes of design are not required on most pages on a site. For such pages, it is more convenient to define only the content in Kentico and let MVC provide the presentation layer.
  • Nesting of content is currently not supported in the page builder. I.e. scenarios where a page builder area displays page builder content from other pages are not supported by default.
  • Giving content editors, for whom the page builder is designed, access to the entire site could be dangerous for security and web design reasons. If the scope of the page builder is not limited to specific pages, non-technical users could break something without realizing the impact.

Page builder is not a full replacement for Portal Engine. Page builder widgets would be equivalent to Portal Engine widgets, not web parts. When building websites, you should combine page builder with structured content to leverage the full potential of both page content formats.

The page builder is suitable for scenarios where you want to create single-purpose, visually captivating pages, and you want to experiment with the design and layout of the page, for example landing pages or your home page.

Page builder editing interface

Limitations of page builder content

Text added and displayed on MVC pages through page builder widgets is not processed by translation services and is not included in page search indexes.

Combining page builder and structured pages

Page builder and structured content are not mutually exclusive and can be used on the same page. For example, you can use structured data to store and display general content and add an editable area into the header of the page to display visually captivating content. This way you are able to utilize the advantages of both approaches.


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