Using the Admin Interface

Stoat uses the standard Django admin interface (through Grappelli) with a few customizations to streamline page editing.

The process of adding and editing pages is slightly more complicated than adding and editing standard Django models. We think that in practice this extra complexity is worth it for the power and flexibility it makes possible.

Creating and Editing Pages

Creating a new Stoat page has three steps:

  • Add the new page (selecting a template in the process) and save it.
  • Edit the page to fill in the template fields that weren’t available in the “add” step.
  • Move the page to its desired location in the hierarchy.

Changing Page Templates

When you select a different template for a page something important happens:

Any data for fields that are not in the new template will be discarded.

This behavior allows us to keep the Stoat codebase simple and free of extra complexity.

This may seem awful at first, but in practice it’s not a very painful sacrifice. We’ve found that for most sites you almost never need to switch templates after a page has been created.

Moving Pages

You’ve probably already noticed the Move buttons on the Page admin changelist. To shuffle pages around in the hierarchy you can simply drag and drop these buttons to their desired place.

One thing to note: pages cannot be dropped onto pages under themselves. This would be complex and nonobvious behavior if we allowed it, so Stoat simply chooses to make it impossible.

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