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Adding comments to individual pages or to the CMS

Cameron Cox 3 years ago • updated 3 years ago 4
Adding comments to individual pages (notes about edits we made, seo updates, overall html space and tab so we can see whats new and what we did to make the page effective)

We have found the Comments section under the Partner app to be very useful. It came up in recent discussions that we need a similar system on each website. The thought is a Site Comments section where you can enter important information regarding the whole website, and also a Page Comments section where you can enter page specific information.

We have come across several instances recently where something was added to a website per a clients request, but only the person who completed the request was aware of it. So it left several people scrambling to figure out what/why/where etc. Wes and Melissa have asked that I submit a request to have these features added so that we have a central place to store notes for each website.
Can you please let me know if this is possible and if so a time frame for it? Also, please feel free to let me know if you need further explanation.
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Cameron,

Before we commit to something like this I'd like to get a bit more of a backstory from you and your team.

Regarding the recent issue, were there current aspects of the CMS that enabled you to find out some or all of the answers? Did you use the User Activity section under the User's app?

Would a user activity feed on individual pages help with this issue (or solve it)?

If there was the ability to get emailed about any changes done in the CMS would that help with this issue (or solve it)?

Would having revisions for pages help or resolve this issue? Revisions would enable you to roll back to previous versions of the page and possibly see what was changed.

If we did exactly as you request, how would you envision using this functionality? Please be as specific as possible.
Thank you for the reply. What we are envisioning this feature for, would have nothing to do with CMS changes. We are thinking more for custom comments on a per site basis as a central place to store important information. For example if there were a Site Comments section we would use it for things such as:
  • Keeping a list of any 3rd party plugins used on that site (call tracking, social media plugins/analytics, live chat, heat map, etc)
  • Notes from the clients to be mindful of (words/phrases not to be used etc)
  • Specific site request from a client (For our memory sake as to why something was done. Recent example would be a request from a client to have duplicate content on 2 different url's with a canonical link.)
  • Any other information that may be useful for everyone to have access to.
The comments for individual pages would be used for the same purposes, but would simply be page specific. Does that make more sense?
Cameron,

That does make sense about how you would use this. Thank you for that. We're going to discuss this internally to see if this would fit in and if so, how.

I'm curious, though, to see your answers to my other questions even if they are unrelated to this particular request.
Thank you very much! I apologize that I completely disregarded your questions, I did not mean to do so. Please see my responses below:

Regarding the recent issue, were there current aspects of the CMS that enabled you to find out some or all of the answers? Did you use the User Activity section under the User's app?
- In this particular case that would not have helped, simply because it was more of a "why did someone do that" type of situation. However, the user activity has been very useful in the past.

Would a user activity feed on individual pages help with this issue (or solve it)?
- This would be a very cool feature! Again, it wouldn't necessarily solve what I initially requested, but it would definitely be a useful feature.

If there was the ability to get emailed about any changes done in the CMS would that help with this issue (or solve it)?
- I think this may be a little overwhelming in our case, simply because we have too many sites and are making constant edits.

Would having revisions for pages help or resolve this issue? Revisions would enable you to roll back to previous versions of the page and possibly see what was changed.
- Once again, would not solve the original request, but would be an awesome feature for the CMS. I can definitely think of prior messes that could have been resolved with this!

Thanks again! Branch CMS is a pleasure to work in!