It has been a while since our last major update for Forge, and with good reason: we were working on something big. Today, we are finally ready to release version 1.3.5, which brings an awesome new feature you will love.
The main focus of this release is efficiency, so if you want to know how to design websites faster, keep on reading!
Speeding Up Page Building Even More
Time is a major constraint when developing websites at a professional level. The more time you put into a project, the better the result– in other owrds, it makes sense to be as efficient as possible.
Front-end page building is pretty fast. With it, you can see your actual website in real time, and not having to constantly save and preview your changes is a huge time saver.
But we can do even better.
One of the main bottlenecks in Forge is the act of editing elements. You have to click Edit, change the element’s settings, and then Save.
The process is fairly nimble, but there’s one major drawback: modifying the same settings for multiple elements. When you have to change an entire row of identical elements and use the same settings, it becomes a cumbersome and repetitive task.
This is the main problem we are aiming to solve with this release, by making use of a powerful feature called Mass Editing.
Editing Elements En Masse
In a nutshell, Bulk Editing allows you to select any number of elements at once, and edit them in one go.
If you have a section with four columns of featured content, you can select them all and change their settings all at once instead of repeating the same task four times in a row.
The main reason we developed this is that most of the time, you’ll probably make small adjustments to your design until you are satisfied. This implies tweaking an element, saving, and then reviewing your result.
After using Forge everyday for months, we ended up doing just that. Only very rarely our designs were considered perfect in one go. This is not because of the builder– you might want to try different layouts and compositions, and at times you need to build an entire page just to find out if it really works for you.
Once you start creating lots of similar elements, the amount of fine-tuning work grows exponentially. Having eight featured icon blocks means eight times the work. But with Mass Editing, you can go faster. Much, much faster.
Bulk Editing In Forge
The process of bulk editing is actually very simple, and hopefully a very intuitive way of building pages.
All you need to do is to hold down the Control key. Then you can click on any number of elements to select them– a selected element will display a green outline:
While pressing the control key, you can then click on any elements you want to modify en masse. If you want to deselect any element, you can simply Ctrl + Click on it again, or press Escape to clear the entire selection.
Once you have all of them, you can click on the green button located in the bottom left corner of the screen. This button will automatically appear after you select your first element:
By clicking on Edit, you will see the settings panel as usual. However, there is one small difference: each field will be accompanied by a small checkbox. This checkbox will let you know if that particular field will be actually used when submitting your changes:
The reason for this is that there are some settings that you might want to leave alone. For instance, if you are editing three different images at once, you might want to have their source images unchanged while setting their alignment property.
These checkboxes will let you disable any fields that you don’t want to overwrite, so that way you won’t lose any work.
Just take a look at the image to the left: in here, only the Position, Font Weight, and Heading Tag attributes will be modified. The editor goes as far as automatically detecting which ones you change, so editing can be really fast.
Also, it’s worth noting that Mass Editing allows you to select elements of different types. For example, you could select two Heading and one Image element. In these cases, only the settings that all these elements share will be displayed.
That way, you can change things like margins and classes for all kinds of elements at once, without restrictions.
This is particularly useful when using specific extensions such as Conditional Logic, which add the same functionality to all elements.
Try Forge Now
With this update, Forge is now a much more powerful page builder geared towards pure speed and efficiency. Make sure to give it a try and let me know your thoughts in the comments!