These are assorted ramblings copy-pasted from various emails.
All of this convinced me that offering the user a rich text editor with too much capabilities is a really bad idea. The rich text editor in FeinCMS only has bold, italic, bullets, link and headlines activated (and the HTML code button, because that’s sort of inevitable – sometimes the rich text editor messes up and you cannot fix it other than going directly into the HTML code. Plus, if someone really knows what he’s doing, I’d still like to give him the power to shot his own foot).
If this does not seem convincing you can always add your own rich text content type with a different configuration (or just override the rich text editor initialization template in your own project). We do not want to force our world view on you, it’s just that we think that in this case, more choice has the bigger potential to hurt than to help.
Images and other media files are inserted via objects; the user can only select a file and a display mode (f.e. float/block for images or something...). A page’s content could look like this:
It’s of course easier for the user to start with only a single rich text field, but I think that the user already has too much confusing possibilities with an enhanced rich text editor. Once the user grasps the concept of content blocks which can be freely added, removed and reordered using drag/drop, I’d say it’s much easier to administer the content of a webpage. Plus, the content blocks can have their own displaying and updating logic; implementing dynamic content inside the CMS is not hard anymore, on the contrary. Since content blocks are Django models, you can do anything you want inside them.