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Creating Content Quickly and Easily with the eZ Publish Website Interface

Tuesday 22 May 2007 10:00:00 am

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Publishing content involves creating objects of different content classes. To display the available content classes, click the dropdown list on the Website Toolbar.

We will now walk you through how to create a new article containing inline graphics (and some other features).

Browse to the page under which you want to add the new content. For example, if you want to add a new article, browse to the folder container under which you want the article to appear. Select the desired content class (the Article class in this case) from the dropdown list on the Website Toolbar. Then, click the Create button.

When you create a content object, you trigger edit mode where fields are displayed where you enter data for the object's attributes (such as the title and body of the object). Fill in the fields with the appropriate values.

To include inline graphics, follow the instructions of the section below. To insert hyperlinks, headings, emphasized text, lists, tables and so on, use the corresponding buttons on the OE toolbar or select from the context-sensitive pop-up menu. In most cases, this triggers a modal dialog where you specify the desired properties.

When finished editing, click the Send for publishing button to add the newly created content to the system and make it visible on the site. (Storing your changes without publishing is done through the draft mechanism, explained in the next section.) The new content object will be added to the content hierarchy, below the page / object you were just viewing.

Adding an inline image to the article

Images are the most common elements to embed in content. Through the embedding feature, you can insert images into the rich text XML block attributes (such as article bodies). Some content objects can be displayed within other content. For example, an image can be shown within an article. Other examples of embedded content include files, Flash videos and other media objects.

Note that an image cannot be inserted on the same line as a heading. It is recommended that you create a new paragraph before inserting an image. Then, position the cursor at a location where you wish to add an image, and click the Object button on the OE toolbar. You can also right-click and choose the "Insert object" item from the context-sensitive pop-up menu.

You will then see a modal dialog showing a list of related objects (objects that are either used by or that use the current object in some way). If there are no relations, the list will be empty. If the desired object is not in the list of related objects, you should add it by using one of the two buttons located below the list itself. It is possible to either add an existing object or upload a new file and use that as a related object. Otherwise, select the desired object from the list and specify its embedding properties. Set the desired properties and click the OK button. The inserted object will appear in the OE text area. Image objects will appear as images, while all other objects will appear as special icons.

Modifying existing content

Editing content is similar to adding content, in that the same attributes are displayed in edit mode, but they contain data from an existing object.

To edit content, first browse to the page that you want to change. In other words, make sure you are viewing the page that has the content you wish to modify. Click the Edit button to bring up the Content Editing Interface. In edit mode, the toolbar shown below is displayed. This provides access to various editing functions.

Website Toolbar in edit mode

When finished editing, choose either to publish your content (click the Send for publishing button) or to store the updated version as a draft without publishing it (click the Store draft or Store and exit button).

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