Stackbit allows you to edit content, site configuration, and page metadata elements while giving you a preview of how these changes will appear on the page.
It's important to note that:
- Any changes you make will not impact the live site until you publish them. However, they are reflected in the CMS but remain unpublished;
- Any changes made directly in the CMS will be reflected on the live preview, even if those changes have not been published.
These features offer you the freedom to see how your changes impact the site and even share them with others without pushing them onto the live site until they are ready.
Accessing Stackbit Studio
To access the Stackbit Studio, sign in and then navigate to your site on the dashboard and click "Open".
This will open the Stackbit Studio. For sites on the Free plan, the preview of your site may take a few moments to initialize as the container wakes back up from hibernation. For sites with a Pro, Business, or Enterprise plan, the container does not hibernate, and the site is always ready to start editing immediately.
To edit any element on the page, just click on it. This will trigger inline editing in the Studio to let you make element-specific edits right where you are working on the page. For example, clicking on a string will let you change the text, and clicking on an image will let you choose a new one.
Once you click on an element, a "More" button will appear on the bottom border. Clicking this button reveals various modifications you can make to an element's properties and its surrounding module in context. For example, in the image below we see the "More" menu open for the "Learn More" button, showing all the editable properties in context for the button, such as URL, Style, Icon toggle, and the icon position toggle.
The "More" menu also has an "Open in Sidebar" button. Clicking this takes you to the relevant section of the left-hand sidebar. Here you can make structural changes and do three essential things.
Adding, Deleting and Reordering Items
In some cases, items on the page are made up of repeatable content elements. In these cases, you'll have the option to add a new content item directly from the containing page by clicking "Add Content".
A new content item of that type will be added with default text populating it.
Clicking the trash can icon to the highlighted item's right will remove the item from the page. However, it's important to note that only the reference to the content object is removed from the page. The content itself will still exist in the CMS. This prevents accidentally removing pages or content that is displayed elsewhere on the site.
You may also reorder certain content elements. If an element can be reordered, a "gripper" icon will appear to the element's left when highlighted. Grabbing the icon will allow you to move it within the section.
You can locate instances of text by using the search bar at the top of the left-hand sidebar in the Studio. When you type the string you are looking for, the sidebar view will edit to only show fields containing that text. You can also modify the relevant fields directly from the sidebar or by clicking on them to edit inline.
Some elements of the page, such as the content fields for blog posts and similar longer bits of text, will open the Markdown editor. You can also click on "Open in Sidebar" from your on-page menu, or locate your element directly on the sidebar, and then click "Edit" to open the Markdown editor.
Clicking on an image opens the image editor. The image editor allows you to upload a new image or choose from the library of existing images already on the site.
Clicking on the "Use Existing" button will open a list of existing images within the site's assets that you can choose from.
Some editable elements represent design or other configuration that is not necessarily visible on the page. These elements will have the "hidden icon" next to them, as shown below.
Additionally, some editable elements represent content that may not be immediately visible (ex. navigation dropdowns) or metadata that does not display (ex. slugs or meta titles and descriptions).