What is Pastel?
Pastel is a website feedback tool that helps streamline design, layout, and functionality. It’s easy to view in any browser and allows for commenting throughout the entire website development experience.
Visit their website to dive into all the features or keep reading to learn how CurlyHost will use this communication tool with you and your project!
How do you use Pastel?
I’m so glad that you asked! The Curly Crew has pulled together a step-by-step guide on how we use this tool to navigate and pivot through projects. If you have additional questions – feel free to reach out. We look forward to collaborating with you!
Quick Links For Pastel Guide:
When your wireframe or website is ready for review, CurlyHost will send you a link that will open your site inside the Pastel editing window.
Now that you can view your website or wireframe in Pastel – you will need to create a log-in. This allows you to make comments – and notifies the CurlyHost team who is commenting on a site (which is helpful, especially when multiple people are leaving edits to a website).
How do I create a login?
To do so – click anywhere on the site, which will open a pop-up asking for a name and email. Once that information is entered you will be set to leave comments!
Once logged in, you’ll be brought to the homepage of your site inside the Pastel editor.
Once you are in ‘Comment’ mode, you will be able to highlight items on the site by hovering your cursor over them. To leave a comment, hover over the item/section so that it is highlighted.
Once the item has a blue dotted line around it, click to open a comment box.
How to post a comment:
In the box, you can type any comments, edits, or questions about your website. Once you start to type, a blue button will appear to ‘Post Comment’. When you are done typing click that button to add your note to the list.
To view comments in Pastel, open the left sidebar by clicking on the ‘Comments’ button in the bottom left corner of your screen.
Here you will be able to see the list of comments you leave and any questions from CurlyHost.
Sometimes it may be helpful to add attachments, (such as a document you would like linked in text or an image you would like to switch out). Adding the file directly to the comment is very helpful for the feedback process. To add an attachment, click on the gray paperclip in the bottom right corner of the comment box.
This will open the files on your computer where you can choose your attachment.
If you want to add a file to a comment you have already posted, see ‘View Comments’ listed above, and find the comment you want to edit. Click on the comment and find the ‘Add a Reply’ box at the bottom.
Leave a comment and use the paperclip on the right to attach the file. This will list the file in a nested reply under the original comment.
For text changes in Pastel, you can edit textboxes directly with your new content. This will record the changes in Pastel, but will not change the content on the actual website. Using the text editor in Pastel makes it easy for the developer to copy and paste your new content.
Once you have the text-only highlighted, you will see an option appear above the comment box that says ‘Change this text’.
Click this to open the text editor and change the text inside the Pastel editor.
Once you have the text edited the way you want it, click ‘Save changes’ at the top of the screen.
If you have new comments to review, you will see a pink notification at the bottom of the comments bar.
Open the comments bar to view new comments. You will see new comments marked with a pink flag to the right of the comment. Click on the comment to read it. Once it has been opened, the pink flag will disappear.
To reply to a comment, open the comment sidebar as in step ‘View Comments’ and click on the comment you want to reply to.
At the bottom of the comment, there is an input box to type your message. You can also add an attachment with the gray paperclip on the right side of the box.
Pastel is an efficient way for CurlyHost to collaborate with clients and make sure we are meeting your expectations. As we work together, CurlyHost will mark comments ‘Resolved’ that have been completed and need no further clarification or ‘In Progress’ if the task needs additional items.
You can view resolved comments by using the toggle at the top of the comment list and clicking on ‘Resolved’.
If we have a question or leave a reply to a comment, that will be on the ‘Active’ column and you will receive a pink notification. Click on the comment to view and reply as needed.
Now that you know how it works, let’s get started on your next project! Find out more about the Curly Process or reach out to get started!