We introduced Drop Zones in PeopleTools 8.57 as described here. This feature enables customers to customize their pages, adding fields and other page elements without affecting the delivered page. This can have a significant impact on your life cycle because your page customizations won't be affected when you take a new image. Image uptake is thus easier, faster, and cheaper. In 8.57, Drop Zones are only available on Fluid pages.
Now with PeopleTools 8.58, Drop Zones have been extended to Classic pages, enabling you to isolate even more of your customizations. The drop zone implementation process remains similar to that for fluid drop zones.
Before starting starting with classic Drops Zones, consider these criteria:
Once you have PeopleTools 8.58 and applications with Drop Zone pages, you can do the following:
One last point. As with Fluid Drop Zones, only insert your custom subpages into delivered drop zones. Do NOT create your own drop zones. That would be a customization and defeat the purpose.
Even if you are not yet on an application image that contains Drop Zones, you can prepare ahead of time, making implementation faster.
PeopleSoft has been making a significant effort to enable you to reduce the impact of customizations, thus lowering the cost of keeping your system current. Drop Zones is one of many features to help with this. See the page on configuration on peoplesoftinfo.com for more information on this important topic.