The latest Sharetribe Flex feature introduces a powerful no-code interface that gives you full control over your marketplace’s content.
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Pages add the ability to build, edit, and manage your marketplace’s content pages directly from Console. Content pages like a Landing page or About page can now be modified without developer input. Pages’ deployment workflow lets you create and review content changes in development mode before making them available in your live marketplace.
What you can do with Pages
Pages lets you create and edit content pages without code in Flex. On your marketplace, content pages are pages featuring content created by you, the marketplace operator. Landing pages, “About” pages, FAQs or blog posts are all examples of content pages.
There are various use cases for content pages. The most obvious one is to provide informational content about how your marketplace works to your users. In addition, you might use Pages to create alternative landing pages for various user groups, for search engine optimization (SEO) or paid advertising purposes, or even create a simple blog.
How Pages works
You can use Pages from Console's Build section. You can try it immediately with the marketplace in the Flex demo environment, or use it to create your content after setting up your own marketplace app. Start editing the default content pages, or build your own! Read more about enabling Pages in your marketplace.
Each content page is built using a combination of sections and blocks. Sections define the different content areas and their layout. Blocks contain the information presented in a section. Blocks are made up of multiple different types of content, like texts, Youtube videos or images.
The content you create displays in your marketplace application or marketplace frontend. It is laid out using the default design of a Flex Template. If you want your content to follow a different design, a developer can make the necessary modifications. A future release will also allow developers to add more types of sections and blocks, which will make it possible to create a wider variety of content pages.
Pages works in both your development and production environments. While you build your custom marketplace, you use the development environment to create and modify your content pages. You can preview these changes immediately in your marketplace. When your marketplace is live and you have a production environment, you use the test environment to make changes to your published marketplace content and preview how they look in your development site. When ready, you copy finished changes from your test environment to your production environment and live marketplace application.
An example carousel section from the starting Landing page. The default code of the marketplace application renders carousels and all content created using Pages following a standard design. Developers can change this design anytime.
How to get started with Pages
Use Pages to create and edit your marketplace content when building your Flex marketplace. The first step to building your marketplace requires setting up a Flex Template. This is a technical task that requires coding knowledge. If you are not a developer or do not yet have a developer on your team, you should hire a Flex Expert to help you build your marketplace.
To start, you may want to focus on editing your Landing page. This will be the first page most of your users see, so you want it to look great and clearly articulate your value proposition. Check out our guide on how to edit your landing page to get started .
If you want to create a new page, the tutorial on how to build an FAQ page offers step-by-step instructions to get start
Not sure you’re ready to start developing yet? Then try Pages out without any code setup using the demo marketplace Saunatime! After creating a Flex account, log into Console and follow the same steps to navigate to Pages (Build->Content), but make sure you are in your Demo environment Marketplaces created before February, 15th, 2023 will need to “Import default pages” to their demo environment to start making changes.
Marketplaces built or being built on Flex before February, 15th, 2023 need to modify their frontend marketplace code to take Pages into use. Developers can consult this guide to learn how to update existing marketplace codebases with Pages functionality.
For more technical information on how Pages work, read more about Flex's content management system.