Panelizer to Layout Builder

Switching from Panelizer to Layout Builder

Layout Builder has been available since August 2019's release. All new sites after that date should be created using the modified template site that will have Layout Builder enabled and the Panels Dashboard (Panelizer) removed. Current sites can transition from Panelizer to Layout Builder at any time. After December 2020, Panelizer will no longer be supported.   

Prep Work for Existing Sites

For sites created before August 3rd 2019, please see the following information.

Step 1

Contact ITS Campus Web Solutions to first place all "body" content in the Layout tab on your basic pages before you begin moving your other blocks over. This will place the body content and remove the placeholder section from your site. The placeholder section is not draggable and the blue box does not have dashes around its edges. If you see something like the below image, step 1 is not complete. 

displays what is needed to be removed from layout
No body content and blue area does not have dashes. Step 1 is not complete.


Step 2

Anything that was built using the Panels Dashboard (bottom tab) on basic pages will need to be replicated in the "Layout" tab. 

Layout tab and panels dashboard

Use the "Layout" tab to replace blocks on each page, effectively replicating the look desired using Layout Builder. The space for the "body" content will be there if you contacted ITS to do the body content placement. Blocks that were placed using Block Layout will not need to be replaced. To learn how to place blocks in Layout, visit the Layout tutorial

Tips & Tricks
  • Only basic pages need this treatment so before you begin, it may be best to filter your content for basic pages and then create a spreadsheet of what pages need to undergo this transition process. This is especially helpful if you have multiple editors. 
  • Click on "Edit" in the Panels Dashboard to view the block names for each item that needs to be placed in Layout.
  • Open Layout in another tab or window on another monitor if able. This will allow you to see both the the view mode of what is currently on your page and Layout mode.
  • You'll know what needs to be added in Layout by checking what is bounded when "Edit" is clicked on the Panels dashboard. If it is outside those bounds, it will not need to be added to Layout. 

The Panels Dashboard will take precedent while building out blocks using Layout Builder. When placing blocks using the "Layout" tab, it will only display in that tab for editors and site builders. Layout Builder and Panels can live simultaneously until all page blocks have been replicated.  

Step 3

Site owners should fill out the Campus Web Solutions Service Request when ready to switch from Panels to Layout Builder.  Select "Drupal/Acquia Content Management System" as the nature of the request. Please provide your site URL and state that it is ready to have the Panels Dashboard turned off so that Layout Builder's placements will be live.