Workspace Basics

The Workspace is the primary interactive area in Solodev. From within the Workspace, you can add/edit content or pages, create custom display modules, create managers, store data, and more.

Becoming familiar with the Workspace and your options within it is a crucial component to working in Solodev. The following items are some of the most important aspects in the Workspace.

The Action Bar

Located at the top of your Workspace, the action bar serves as the command center in Solodev and provides a wide range of functionality. There are several action tool bars assigned to various resources but the most common are for folders and files. Below is an example of an action tool bar.

The following are the most common actions in Solodev:

Action Function
Allows you to add a wide range of resources to Solodev CMS
Allows you to save a file without staging or publishing it live to the web
Allows you to stage a file on a private server prior to publishing it
Allows you to take the file you are working on and publish it to the live web
Copying a file or folder in Solodev CMS involves taking a copy of that file/folder and moving it into a different location while leaving the original in its place
Moving content in the Solodev CMS involves taking that file/folder and moving it into a different directory
Deleting content in the Solodev CMS involves selecting specific content and removing it from Solodev CMS completely
Allows you to take a particular file and add it to a File Group, i.e. a collection of files
Allows you to retrieve prior versions of any given file and save them as the current version
Folders may require being updated for a number of reasons such as some needing to be re-named, re-ranked, structured, or modified for another purpose
Allows you to update the permissions of a particular folder


Solodev implements a tab based Workspace so that you can interact with multiple resources at a time without having to constantly close and reopen each one as you work. As you open individual resources in Solodev, they will open up in tabs created at the top of the Workspace. If you would like to close a tab, simply click on the "x" in the right corner as shown below.

Please Note: Closing a tab does not delete that resource, it only removes it from the workspace.

Resource View

Inside of each tab exists the Resource View.  Depending on the selected resource, different Resource View interfaces are used, including Input Editors, Visual Editors, Grids and Feedback.

Input Editor

An Input Editor is a common way of managing content in Solodev.  Input Editors are simply forms that allow users to interact with Resources. An Input Editor is most commonly associated with Managers, where users can input data which then is dynamically displayed on a website.


A Visual Editor is a Resource View that combines an Input Editor with a Visual Editor such as a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) or a Code Editor. WYSIWYG Editors are associated with HTML (.html) files and will load anytime you bring such files up in the Workspace.


Grids are another type of Resource View where data is displayed in a table format. Grid Views can be sorted, paged, and filtered. Grids are associated with Datatables and Calendars as they list all entries.


Many resources within Solodev contain a Feedback tab.  With the Feedback tab, users can provide feedback on the selected resources and can also create tasks/assignments for other users to work with on that resource.


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