How to update your website content without a developer

This guide will show you how to use the Site Editor in the Localize dashboard to make simple changes to the source content in your website, without having to go through the expensive and time-consuming process of involving your development team.

You’ll learn how to easily change source content on your website, how to find that content in the Localize dashboard, and how to mark phrases to inform your developers of content that should be permanently changed.

What you'll learn

  • How to change your source content using the Site Editor
  • How to mark phrases that should be permanently changed on your site
  • How to request changes from your developers
  • How to identity which team member made changes

Prerequisites

How to change your source content using the Site Editor

Using the Site Editor is very similar to using the Phrases editor. Instead of adding translations, you’ll be making content updates that will be displayed to your end users when they view your website in your source language.

Start by identifying the phrases that need to be edited

  • Identify the content that needs modification by using the search field.
  • You can copy-and-paste the content from your website into the search field.
  • You can also use the In-Context Editor to find the content in question.

Make the required changes

  • To make a change simply click on the Edit source link for that phrase, then click the Publish button.

Additional instructions for using the Site Editor can be found here.

How to mark phrases that should be permanently fixed

Typically the Site Editor is used for short-term fixes. Most likely, you’ll want to permanently fix the source content directly in your website, when time and budget allow.

View the Edited Content Bin

If all edited content needs to be fixed by your developers, you can simply select the Edited Content bin.

Use labels to mark content edits

  • Add a custom label to the edited content in the Source Editor to identify the content that should be permanently fixed by your developers (e.g. “fix-in-website”).
  • Later, you can filter the edited content list using the label, and inform your developers of the required changes.

How to request changes from your developers

There are a couple of ways that you could inform your developers of the required changes.

  1. You can invite your developers to your team in Localize so that they can view the changes made in the Site Editor.
    a. They can use the Edited Content bin and the various filters available in the Site Editor to find the content that needs fixing.
    b. They can copy-and-paste the required changes from the Localize dashboard into your website.
  2. You can copy-and-paste the required changes from the Localize dashboard into a document that you send to your developers.

Additional tips for using the Site Editor

How to identify who made the changes

Sometimes you need to know which team member made a change to a phrase.

  • You can easily find out who made the change by looking in the lower/right corner of each phrase.
  • You can also filter the list of changes made by each user, using the Edited By filter.

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