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2.2 Content Items and Folders

With CoreMedia Content Cloud you do not work directly on pages but on content items. A content item is an object that holds information that belongs to a certain area. Take, for example, a Picture item. Here you can store the actual image, describing text, metadata and many more information. On the other hand, an Article item stores the article's text, teaser text and other data. And, what's more, the article might contain a link to the Picture item, so that the picture is shown, when a user views the article. This way, you create your websites by combining content items. See Section 2.3, “Content and Site Model” and Section 9.1, “Content Types” for a more detailed description of the available content items.

Content items are organized in a folder hierarchy – similar to the Windows file system.

With CoreMedia Studio you create new or edit existing content items and edit the folder hierarchy.

You can get some information about a folder (for example, creator, last modification date) from the folder properties window. It opens, when you select Properties from the context menu of the folder.

Folder properties

Figure 2.2.  Folder properties

The Home folder is a specific folder with a name equal to your login name. Besides your private content, it contains settings, queries and custom dictionaries automatically created by the system when needed. In the Studio library the Home folder is located at the top level of the folder hierarchy tree. Please keep in mind, that other users can not directly browse to your home folder.

When you start editing a content item, it changes its state to edited or checked out, that is other users can only see it in read-only mode but can not write to avoid potential conflicts. When finished you can apply your changes (checked in state) which creates a new content version and allows other users to check out the content item again. To make your changes available on the website you have to approve (approved state) and publish (published state) the content item.

Each content item has a certain content type. A type specifies the number of form fields (or properties) and their allowed values like numbers, formatted texts, or dates. This means two content items of the same type have common fields. A type can also be seen as a template or pattern. If you create a new content item, you need to select its content type first. The standard version of CoreMedia Content Cloud comes with content types for articles, images or a website structure.

CoreMedia content types are organized hierarchically and inherit properties from types that are higher in the hierarchy. A Gallery and a Query List type for example are subtypes of Collection and inherit the property Collection Title, for instance. More important is, that you can link to all subtypes of Collection when you have a link list that allows Collection types. You can see this relation when you select Collection in the Library and you also see Gallery items and other subtypes in the result (see Figure 2.3, “Collection and its subtypes in search results”).

Collection and its subtypes in search results

Figure 2.3. Collection and its subtypes in search results

For details about the included content types see Section 9.1, “Content Types” and Section 2.3, “Content and Site Model”.

Figure 2.4, “The Article content item in Studio” shows an example from CoreMedia Blueprint, the Article content type. This type "packages" various kinds of information for an article: the article text itself, a header line and title, the same fields for the teaser text shown on the website, plus an image.

The Article content item in Studio

Figure 2.4. The Article content item in Studio

The figure shows an article content item with three different field types:

  • (1) Rich text fields for longer sections that contain formatting.

  • (2) An embedded image from another content item.

  • (3) Simple text for short captions such as headings, header lines or similar items.

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