The Layout Manager is the front-end tool for composing the layout of pages, entering content, and adding/configuring automated tools like navigation, forms, feeds and collections.
Instead of relying upon hard-coded, code-based layout templates, the Layout Manager allows you to drag-and-drop highly configurable “Modules” onto a page. Each Module (depending upon it’s type and location) will have an associated “configurator” that allows further customization, such as functional settings (feed source, form name, etc.) and layout (alignment/width, associated CSS classes/styles, etc.). In this way, the editor is allowed a great deal of flexibility when laying out each page, seeing the results immeditately and without having to edit or create hard-coded templates.
To enable the Layout Manager, log into Masa CMS with an account that has editing permissions enabled, then from the top editor toolbar choose “Edit (pencil icon) -> Inline Edit”. A list of Modules will appear on the right-hand side of the page. Use your mouse to drag this into the content area. You will see a context label appear above an available “drop” container when you drag the Module over it. Releasing the mouse button (aka “dropping” it) will place the Module into the container.
When the Layout Manager is active, a “pencil” icon will appear whenever the mouse hovers over a Module in the content area. This is both the “edit” button, and the “drag” handle for moving the Module up/down within the current container or to drag it into another container.
There are two types of Modules: “Containers”, which act as placeholders for other Modules (in some cases, even other Containers), and functional Modules, such as Navigation or Collection. Note: regarding Containers; it is better to use CSS/styling to layout complex content than use multiple nested containers, as there is a small but increasing performance penalty the more deeply you nest Containers.
For each Module, there is an associated “Configurator”, a menu of settings that allow you to configure both the Module and its layout/styling properties. To access a Module’s Configurator (once it is placed in the content area) click on the top-left pencil icon that displays when you hover over it.