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Step 2 - Create your content model

How your content is structured is a very important part of an eZ Platform project. Think of it as the database design of your application. We recommend that you read the Under the hood, concepts and organization documentation page, but you can also read the paragraph below for a short, straight-to-the-point introduction.

Content Model Overview

The eZ Platform content repository is centered around Content items, pieces of content: an article, a product review, a place...

Every Content item is built based on blueprints, called Content Types. They are named entities that define what information makes up a particular type of content: article, product review, place. An article could include a title, a main image, an abstract, the article's body, a publication date, and a list of authors. Those named entities are called Field Definitions, as they define what Fields a Content item is made of. A Field Definition sets the main information of a field: name, identifier, and type. Any Content Type can also be a container, meaning that it can act as a "directory", and contain other Content items.

The available Types for Field Definitions can be any of the installed Field Types, about 30 in the default distribution. Each is built to represent a specific type of content field: a text, a block of rich text, an image, a collection of relations to Content items, etc. You can find a complete list in the Field Types reference section. Every Field Type may have its own options, and comes with its own editing and viewing interfaces.

According to what you want to store, and what you want to do with it, you will create a set of Content Types and populate the Content Tree with them.

Create your Content Types

The site will use two Content Types: Ride and Point of interest

Relation between Ride and Point of Interest

Go to the admin interface (<yourdomain>/ez), and authenticate with the default username: admin and the default password: publish

Click on Admin Panel in the Navigation hub, and choose Content types in the sub menu:

Navigation hub

You will see a list of Content Type Groups. They are used to group content types in a logical way.

Click on Content and then click on Create a content type

Create a content type button

We will create the Ride Content Type first:

Create the Ride Content Type

A bike ride, with a description and some extra info, like who took this ride for the first time, or points of interest it goes through.

Fill the form with this basic info: 

  • Name: Ride
  • Identifier: ride
  • Content name pattern: <name> 

Then create all fields with the following information: 

Name Identifier Field Type Required Searchable Translatable Others
Name name Text line yes yes yes
Photo photo Image no no no
Description description Rich text yes yes yes
Difficulty level level Selection yes yes no Add a couple of Levels, such as "beginner, intermediate, advanced"
Starting point starting_point Map location yes yes no
Ending point ending_point Map location yes yes no
Length length Integer yes yes no
Author author Authors no yes yes

Populate your Content tree

Go back to the Content tree and create a Folder named All Rides using the Create button in the Action bar on the right of the screen.

Create All Rides folder

In the folder, create a couple of Rides, using the Create button, being on the Content "All Rides" so the new Content will be created as a child directly. Don't worry, if you created the Content elsewhere, you can move it later.

Create content

Ready for Step 3

Ready fro Step 3

You now have 2 Rides (or more) in a Folder and are ready to customize the Homepage of your Go Bike website!

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