Building Sections


This document is for developers who want to build sections, not the average website designer.

Sections are a part of Unstack's unique content management system, which define patterns that content authors can add to Unstack pages. The uniqueness of our Section architecture is that it allows content authors to choose from a predefined selection of patterns to create new sections in a page, while limiting their ability to deviate from the pattern beyond what's defined in the Section parameters, to prevent them from potentially breaking the UI standards defined by administrators of your site.

Built-in vs Custom Sections

There are a number of pre-built Section that come with your Unstack CMS, such as Callouts, Quotes and FAQs, which are commonly used patterns that many websites will use.

However, to expand the customizability of Unstack sites, we allow your developers to get under the hood and alter how pre-built Sections work for your website, or even create entirely new types of Sections for use in your sites, using the Section Editor.

The Section Editor

The Section Editor is a tool available in Unstack Sites that exposes the underlying Section code, which consists of NoML-enhanced HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.  Your Developers and Admins will have access to this tool, where they can edit and save sections, and preview how their changes will impact the Page Editor experience for content authors.


What is NoML?

NoML is Unstack's section tagging language.

Taking a closer look, you can see it extends HTML with a highly enhanced language containing functionality for complex structures like multi-class functionality, rich text, media upload, and generators for collections of items.


The NoML language not only controls how items are rendered in an Unstack site - it also controls how the Page Editor works for the sections created with your sections.

When you've mastered NoML, you'll be able to create sections with virtually any layout you define, and empower your editors to create highly customized content while maintaining control over the visual consistency of your site.

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