I'm having trouble understanding how to approach layout in Drupal. I want to create a structure where (authorized) users with no designing skills can add content by simply adding content selecting a particular content type.
So e.g. I want to have one type of page that consists of a number of sections (rows) with an image on one side (should be possible to alternate which side) and a heading and text on the other side. If the heading and text is on the right, the heading should be just above the text, and not above the image to the left.
An arbitrary number of sections/rows should be possible to add.
I've managed to do something like this with panels and mini-panels. But it seems like I'm trying very hard to achieve something that feels rather basic... In any case, what I did was I added a page selecting panels with the 1-column layout. This allows me to add rows arbitrarily. First problem here is, the end user would have to select this on their own, I would have liked to have a preset content type with this.
Secondly, I created some mini-panels with content that can be added to the sections of the panel page. More problems: to create these mini-panels and make them lay out as described I have to create mini-panels of a 2-column format, omit the title, add only an image to one of the columns using add custom content selection - no title, and add a title and some text to the other column.
All of this is rather complex just to achieve this layout. It makes me think it would be much easier to just use a wysiwyg editor and lay it all out manually instead. But that is just what I'm trying to avoid. End users would come up with all kinds of layouts, creating a site that does not have a structured feel at all...
Previously I have only done sites in php and CodeIgniter framework, where I naturally have full control and can just add the divs I want, using something like 960 or blueprint to help with layouts, and style it individually with css. But that is dependent on doing it all yourself or at least with only others who know at least some web design. I don't know if modules based on 960 or something like that would help, since I need to be able to add sections etc arbitrarily? All I've seen for this is panels, but maybe I'm wrong?
So how do you approach this in Drupal? Any help will be greatly appreciated, because I'm really having a hard time understanding the basic thinking of layout in Drupal...
this is a good example of the type of layout I'm referring: http://www.teamworkpm.net/features