Creating content, basic¶
There are a few ways of creating a new Content item:
- Activate Create in the right menu whenever you are viewing any other content. The new item will be placed under this content in the tree.
- Activate Create in the upper right corner of the Dashboard. In this case you will have to select where the content will be located. (Enterprise only).
- Go to the Create tab in the UDW. Here also you'll have to choose a location for the new item.
Whichever way you choose, when creating a new Content item you always have to select the Content Type first.
If you are using eZ Enterprise, you will have the Landing Page Content Type available for selection. This Type requires a slightly different way of creating, see below.
Each Content item is based on a Content Type. The Content Type defines what Fields you will have to fill in the new item. It may also, depending on the way your website is set up, decide things such as the layout or style in which this item will be displayed.
Different Fields may require different formats of data. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required and you will not be able to save the Content item without filling them in.
It's worth taking a closer look at a couple of formats you may have to deal with.
In case of Relation Fields (which link two Content items), or Image Fields (which should be self-explanatory) you may need to select a different Content item using the UDW. If you have a Location Field, you may type the place name, enter its coordinates or point to it on the map. A Rich Text Field requires a bit more explanation.
Note that it's impossible to link to a different Content item (e.g. create a relation or embed an image) if you created your content directly in the Create tab in the Content browser.
Editing Rich Text Fields¶
Rich Text Fields are filled using a special Online Editor whose options appear when you activate the Field box.
You can add a new element to the Field by activating the plus icon to the left of the box and choosing one of the available elements:
Each of these elements can have its own settings, such as formatting, that you can access by activating it. The option bar also lets you reorder or remove any elements in the Rich Text Field.
Images options enable you to select the variation (alias) for the image. Available image variations, including different sizing options and other filters that can be applied to images, can be configured for your installation at a developer level. See Images for a technical guide on how to do this.
When you select a section of text, you get access to text formatting options such as bold or underline. Here you can also add a link to the text. You can link to an external website, or to another Content item.
If you'd like a distraction-free editing environment when working with a Rich Text Field, activate Focus to enter a special mode where only this Field is visible.
Working with a Landing Page¶
Landing Pages are a special Content Type available in eZ Enterprise that can be used as entrance points to your website. Instead of regular Fields a Landing Page has a number of zones onto which you can drop different dynamic blocks.
Landing Pages, in contrast with regular content, are best created from the Page mode. You can do this by activating Create in the upper right corner of the screen and selecting Landing Page.
In a newly created Landing Page you must first choose a layout which defines the available zones. Next, fill in basic information about the page: its Title and Description. Notice that the URL under which the page will be accessible is generated automatically based on the title.
This creates an empty Landing Page with the predefined zones. In the editor you can also see a menu of blocks (Elements) that you can add to the zones. Do this by dragging any of the blocks to an empty place on a zone. Don't worry about placing blocks in the proper place from the start, you can also reorder them by dragging later.
eZ Enterprise comes with a set of ready-to-use Landing Page blocks, but developers can add their own. The blocks provided out of the box are:
- Content List - displays Content items of a chosen Content Type (or Types) that are contained in a folder.
- Banner - displays an image Content item with a URL attached to it.
- Embed - embeds Content of any type on the Landing Page.
- Gallery - displays Images contained in a folder.
- Keyword - lets you specify a keyword or keywords. It will then display all Content items which contain the selected keywords.
- MA Form - (Marketing Automation) gathers information about visitors to the page.
- Places - displays a list of all place Content items in a folder you choose.
- RSS - loads and displays news from RSS feeds (channels).
- Schedule - allows you to select Content items and plan (schedule) the times at which they will be displayed on the page.
- Tag - inserts custom HTML into your Landing Page.
- Video - embeds a video Content item into a page, with standard playback controls.
- Form - places a form (questionnaire, survey, etc.) on the Landing Page.
- Personalize - serves personalized content in the Landing Page.
Each kind of blocks has its special properties that you can access from the block's menu when it is selected. In most cases you do this by activating the settings button. The settings for most blocks should be self-explanatory, but a few require additional explanation.
MA Form block¶
The Marketing Automation form starts working automatically when it is placed on a page. It needs no additional configuration.
Personalize Block is used in conjunction with the Recommendation feature to show the visitor content dependent on a predefined personalization scenario. Content can be displayed in a number of styles.
|Name||Name of the block|
|Personalized Scenario||Predefined personalization scenario that will be used.|
|Content Type to be displayed||Type of items that will be shown in the block.|
|Number of Items||Number of Content items to show.|
|Display Options||Orientation of the content shown in the block.|
|Use Carousel||If Horizontal orientation is chosen, you can use choose to display content in a scrollable carousel layout.|
To create and use Personalized Scenarios, it is necessary to use eZ Personalization GUI (YOOCHOOSE admin page) and create scenarios that will appear in the "Select Scenario" dropdown menu. There are no out-of-the-box scenarios for the block.
The scenarios at YOOCHOOSE support multiple output types, e.g. articles, pictures, videos, blog posts and more. However, Content Types also need to be defined in eZ Personalization GUI (YOOCHOOSE admin page) in order to be included in the dropdown menu. Selecting a Content Type is mandatory.
Recommended content can be displayed in a horizontal and vertical (skyscraper) way. However, differences are not only in the position of the block:
- If the option "Use Carousel" is not active, be sure that the number of items to display in the Personalize Block meets the block size and none of items are "hidden" behind the block borders.
- During resizing for responsive layout the available space for items may change.
- In the horizontal layout it is possible to insert more items that move in a carousel fashion. The carousel option is available for horizontal display only!
Schedule block can be used in conjunction with the Timeline toolbar to plan the exact times at which each Content item is supposed to appear. Depending on its template, the block contains a number of slots where you can add Content items and define their airtimes. More about how to use and customize the Schedule block in Publishing.
Using the Form block is described in detail in Forms.
After you are done, in the menu you can choose to Publish the Content item or to Save its draft. See Publishing for more details.