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Exploring Storyblok's Powerful Visual Editor

Lavesh Katariya
Lavesh Katariya
October 13, 2023
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Storyblok is a popular headless CMS that offers a range of features that make content management easy. In this article, we will focus on the visual editor, which is one of Storyblok's most powerful features, allowing users to edit content effortlessly. If you are curious to find out what makes Storyblok stand out from those old-school CMS platforms, don't miss out on reading the article "Discover Storyblok Key Features & Benefits."

Visual Editor

Storyblok's powerful visual editor lets users seamlessly edit content with a live preview, making it accessible even to non-technical individuals. At the same time, it serves as a platform where team members can collaborate, publish, and maintain content.

Let's check out what awesome features it has at its core and learn how to work with Visual Editor.

Editing modes: Visual and Form Only

The StoryBlok gives you two options to edit your content:

1. Visual
2. Form Only

In Visual mode, you can make changes to your content with a real-time preview, allowing you to edit content as you browse the page. It’s a super handy tool to customize your content effortlessly. On the other hand, if you prefer a more structured approach, you can choose Form Only mode, allowing you to edit content in a form-based interface.

The default view is set to Visual Mode, which is friendly to non-technical individuals. It provides easy-peasy editing. However, you can switch between views by clicking on the  at the top right of your screen:

Here is the Form Only view of an entry that shows only the form fields without any of the visual elements. This is useful for creating forms that can be embedded in other websites or applications.


Understanding the Visual Editor

The visual editor serves as a real-time preview of the page you are currently editing. You can click on any part of the preview to modify it. 

When you click on a specific part of the preview, the corresponding content block appears in a new panel on the right side of your screen. This allows you to edit content and apply changes specifically to that particular block.

Alternatively, You can toggle the content panel with the content button at the top-right of the screen. Just click the content button to open/close the panel.

The content panel makes it easy to rearrange your content by dragging and dropping your content block. Just click on drag a block to the new location you want. The blocks will snap into place when you release them.

You can also find the block used in an entry by clicking on the Search blocks in the top-right corner of your preview panel. This will open a list of all the blocks in the entry. You can then click on a block to open it in the content panel and edit its content.

visual editor

Hint: Save your regulatory changes to keep them safe, as saving your content doesn’t make it live. It’s worth noting that saving and publishing are different actions. Saved content isn’t visible to users until you publish it. Once you click publish, all the saved content will become live and visible to your audience.

Adding a new block

With the content panel open on the right side of your screen, choose the first possible on the navigation bar, which is typically the “Page” option. To add a new block, you have two options: either place it at the bottom of the list or insert it between two other blocks by moving your cursor there and clicking on the green+ sign.


Choosing the preview screen size

The visual editor lets you preview your content on different screens. There are two methods to do so:

1. Use the Responsive view button to change the screen size to one of the default views (desktop, tablet, or mobile).

preview screen size

2. On the preview screen, you can also adjust the size to your preference using the slider on the right side of the screen. 

responsive view

Rich text editor

Storyblok’s rich text editor is a powerful tool that allows you to create and format text with providing advanced styling options. You can use it to add headings, bold, italics, underline, links, bullet points, and more. And if you make any mistake, you can easily undo or redo it. 

You can preview the content, just like with the Visual Editor, to see what your results will look like before you publish.

It also includes features like Emoji support, subscripts, superscripts, text highlighting, and text color.

rich editor

Entry configuration and page settings

When you create a Story, you have the option to set some settings in the content areas. You can also make changes to those settings directly within the Story itself.

To do that, simply click on the Entry Configuration button located at the top-center of your screen. This will open up the page settings where you can tweak all the important configurations for your current Story.

Navigating between different entries

Storyblok makes it easy to reuse your content. You can navigate between different content entries or Stories without leaving your current one. This means you can copy content from one Story and paste it into another without having to open the second Story first. This is a great way to save time and keep your content consistent.

To navigate between different content entries in Storyblok, you can click on the arrow in the top left corner of the screen, right next to the entry name. The arrow points to the current entry, so make sure you're clicking on the correct one. You can also use the search bar to find your content more easily.

navigatin entries

Commenting, discussions, and collaboration

You can start discussions with your team members without any third-party tool as it has an in-built communication feature allowing team members to comment on any part of the content entry to start discussions further. 


You can comment as many times as you want in any entry. You can find a comment/discussion icon attached to each block. It also shows how many comments are currently posted in the specific thread.

You can create as many discussions as you want in any entry. 

Users can comment and start discussions on each block, like one can leave notes and start as many as discussion you want. At the same time, you can also access single thread entry by clicking on the discussions button at the top-center of the page.


Workflow stages

Workflow, a useful feature built to control and assign what an individual can perform, allows you to define workflow stages. For example, a team member can edit the content but may not publish the content. 

In order to modify, assign, and set rules on the workflow status of the page, you can simply click on “Workflow,located at the top-center of the page.



Storyblok's visual editor is super easy to use. It has a range of options that make content management a breeze. You can use either the form view or the visual option, whichever you prefer. We've explained how to work with the visual editor in this article.

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Lavesh Katariya

Lavesh Katariya

With over 8 years of experience in the MERN stack, I specialize in building robust and scalable web applications. Proficient in MongoDB, Express.js, React.js, and Node.js, my passion for clean code and innovative problem-solving ensures high-quality solutions.

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