Edit block areas or add new block areas


I am new to concrete5 and trying to understand where the line is drawn between edits that can be performed in-context and those that need to be coded. For example, I see that I can delete an empty layout container in context. But how do I delete an area? I see that I can add a new layout to an empty area, choose a number of columns for it, etc. But how do I add a new area, or add a layout to a non-empty area? And I see that I can edit an existing layout and change the size of the columns, but not the number of them. How do I change the number of columns in an existing layout?

Do these tasks require alterations to the theme itself? If so, what do I alter? Thank you so much for any help!

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mnakalay replied on at Permalink Reply
Area are defined in the theme's source code.

I confirm you can't directly change the number of columns in a layout after it's set. What you can do is either add layouts to your existing layout columns. Say you have a wide column and a narrow right sidebar. Now you want to add a narrow left sidebar, you can add a layout to the wide column. It's not ideal but it works.

Another option is to create your new layout and then drag and drop all your blocks from the old layout to the new one and delete the old layout. More time-consuming but probably better in the end than the previous method.

Adding layouts to a non-empty area is done just like you would for an empty area really. IS it not working for you?
understory replied on at Permalink Reply
Thank you. Yes I see now that I can add a layout to a non-empty area. It just took me a while to find the area titles on hover.

Can you point me to the documentation on editing source code for areas? In general I have found that the concrete5 documentation is either written for a total beginner (e.g. this is a block, click "add block" to add a new block) or written for a developer, and very seldom is it written for someone like me who exists in between.

Also, I get error codes about 1/3 of the time I try to save edits or delete images or navigate to different pages....none of them seem to actually stop work but its weird. Is this normal?

Thank you!