Min/Max Text Length, No-Follow Links, and Improved Navigation

Posted by Jake Lumetta on November 8, 2019

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New Field Validation: Min/Max Text Length

We're here to tell you about some of the things we've worked on recently, last month, starting with probably some of the most exciting features we've had for content editors that is the ability to set field validations. The first one that we shipped here is the ability for you to define a minimum and maximum length on text fields.


So now when you're configuring a page, you can now set a min and max length requirement on text fields to help guide content editors to create the perfectly sized headline without worrying about making it too short or too long. Such that if it's too short, it might look odd, or if it's too long, it could actually break the break the website layout. So this is a great feature for devs and designers to ensure that the site doesn't break and it looks great. 

And it also helps reduce anxiety for content editors to make sure that they don't need to worry about that as far as they're concerned of are they making things too short or too long? So just leads to an overall much smoother content editing experience. This is the first of many field validations we'll be adding so stay tuned for more. And we'd love to hear from you if you have ideas or opinions on other validations that you'd like to see added to Butter.

Here's an example: I'm going in and configuring a page. Now we have a min max length field here so I can set it to a minimum of 15 and a maximum of twenty five.


Now when we go and actually edit the page, you can see here that you're given some nice visual cues as far as what the minimum length is as well as what the maximum length is or how many characters you have remaining.


So for example, you can see there that the field tells you that as you're typing it gives you a sense of whether you need to make it a little bit longer. Then, of course, once you reach the max length, we give you a friendly notice saying you've hit the maximum length. So this is really simple and easy to use feature that will make content editing a lot better for your team.

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SEO enhancement: No-follow links

The other feature we've added is a pretty straightforward one, but really important when it comes to SEO and that's the ability to set links to be no follow or follow.


So when using our WSIWYG you can now go in and click on edit link, and the model that pops up now has an option here for you to pick on follow or no follow. And it works just like you'd expect. You can now use this to fine tune your links to have no follow when you feel that's appropriate for your SEO.

Revamped Navigation 

And finally, the biggest update visually is that we've completely revamped our main navigation in the left hand menu here. So we've compressed it down to give you a lot more horizontal real estate to actually manage your content. So a lot more space for actually working with your content. We refreshed the designed to match our new branding as well as introduce some nice shortcuts


So when you're working with pages, you can now quickly access and filter down to a certain type of page, for examples as well as with your collections and media library. Just a nice design enhancement as well as some UX improvements there as well.

And then finally, the last thing we did or one of the notable things we've done is for folks that have the draft enabled in their account for their workspaces or collections. Now, when you review changes, you get taken to an interface that looks like this, which lets you see which collections have changes pending to them.


And this interface here we've done a lot of performance improvements to, so it loads much faster. Thanks again for your feedback on that.

There you have it! That summarizes what we worked on last month. We'd love to hear your feedback and as always, we'll be in touch soon with more great enhancements. 

Jake Lumetta

Jake is the CEO of ButterCMS. He loves whipping up Butter puns and building tools that make developers' lives better.

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