This is behind our decision for the Pages interface:
1) Having sitemap to the left was inconvenient in cases when the sitemap was too big or page titles were too long (scrolls appeared on such occasions).
Working with pages in the middle only gives us more space to position different filtering options in the right pane as well.
2) In regards to adding Titles and Properties on many pages simultaneously we are planning to introduce Batch Editing operation. When this functionality is there, it will allow users to select many pages and edit the titles and descriptions for all in one step.
3) As to having Page Description and Keywords closed and separately from Title, this was our reasoning:
creating pages usually happens in two stages:
stage 1: Pages are created (by information architect, front end developer, developer)
site is developed
stage 2: Page Description and Keywords are updated according to unified SEO strategy (by marketing, SEO expert. etc.)
We didn't want to expand more steps and make this screen longer for users engaged in step 1.
As to alternative URLs - these will be implemented very soon.
Thanks for bringing these topics for discussion. We are open to suggestions and hearing what you all think about this set up.
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