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Create a content type

While pre-defined content types are available by default, you can create new content types to fulfill your requirements. You can also copy an existing content type and modify it to create a new content type. On the Content types page, you edit existing content types (including built-in content types) and add new content types. This page has two tabs:

After you create the content type, you add members to it that define the sections and layout. For each content type, you can perform various actions.

To create a content type:

  1. On the menu bar, click Manage .

  2. On the Manage page, click Content types.

  3. On the Types tab, click Add type.

  4. In the New M.ContentType dialog box, on the Details tab, define the following parameters:

    FieldTypeDescriptionMandatory
    LabelStringName of the content type.Yes
    IdentifierStringUnique identifier for the content type. Defined automatically based on the label but can be manually set. Once the identifier is set, it can no longer be updated.No
    PrefixStringPrefix defining the content type. Defined automatically based on the label but can be manually set. Once the prefix is set, it cannot be updated anymore.No
    IconIconRepresents the content type. The icon is also used when no content thumbnail is available.Yes
    ColorListColor used to identify the content type.Yes
  5. On the Validation conditions tab, click + Condition and:

    • For Reference members, set the following parameters.

      FieldTypeDescriptionValueMandatory
      Allow only specified content typesSelection listCondition on the content types allowed in the member field.Content typesNo
      Allow only a specified number of reference itemsDrop-down list + numerical valueCondition on the number of reference items allowed in the member field.No restrictions, Between, At least, or Not more thanNo
    • For other member types, if you want to make the member mandatory, click the Required switch to make it active.

  6. Click Save.

Warning

We recommend that you do not chanage the default validation condition and leave it as Final. Changing the default condition can have unwanted side effects and possibly block certain items from moving forward in the flow.

Add a content member

Content members define the sections and layout of the content.

To add a content member to the content type:

  1. On the Content types page with the content type selected, in the Content section, click Add member.

  2. In the Add member dialog box, select one of the following member types:

    Member typeThis type ...
    Single-line textIs a single line field for short text (such as titles or names).
    Multiline textIs a multi-line field for text (such as descriptions or articles).
    Rich textIs a rich text field with formatting, asset embedding, and collaboration features.
    ReferenceIs a field that contains items referenced in the content item.
  3. On the Details tab, define the following parameters:

    FieldTypeDescriptionValueMandatory
    LabelStringName of the member.String valueYes
    Help textStringText displayed to help users work with members.String valueNo
  4. On the Validation rules tab, click + Condition and:

    • For Reference members, set the following parameters:

      FieldTypeDescriptionValueMandatory
      Allow only specified content typesSelection listCondition on the content types allowed in the member field.Content typesNo
      Allow only a specified number of reference itemsDrop-down list + numerical valueCondition on the number of reference items allowed in the member field.No restrictions, Between, At least, or Not more thanNo
    • For other member types, if you want to make the member mandatory, click the Required switch to make it active.

  5. Click Save.

Add a detail member

Detail members represent the content metadata and appear on the Details tab of the content details pages.

To add a detail member to the content type:

  1. On the Content types page with the content type selected, in the Details section, click Add member.

  2. In the Add member dialog box, select one of the following member types:

    Member typeThis type ...
    BooleanOnly has two possible values (true or false).
    DatetimeContains Year-Month-Date-Time and can be shown in a readable format (for example, Apr 15, 2022).
    Datetime offsetContains Year-Month-Date-Time-Offset where the current datetime is offset by a specified value.
    DecimalIs a fractional number expression (for example, 1/2 is expressed as 0.5)
    IntegerIs a whole number and cannot be a fraction.
    LongIs a whole number but can contain a larger number than an integer (for example, 10, 99, 234536)
    Option listIs a list of selectable options.
    TaxonomyIs a hierarchical arrangement of entities (for example, a parent-child tree).
    Single-line textIs a single line field for short text (such as titles or names).
    Multiline textIs a multi-line field for text (such as descriptions or articles).
    Rich textIs a rich text field with formatting, asset embedding, and collaboration features.
    ReferenceIs a field that contains items referenced in the content item.
  3. On the Details tab, define the following parameters:

    FieldTypeDescriptionValueMandatory
    LabelStringName of the member.String valueYes
    Help textStringText displayed to help users work with members.String valueNo
    Data sourceListSource for the list values.Only valid for option lists.
    Associated definitionListAssociated entity definition, which is the source of the taxonomy values.Entity definitionYes but only for taxonomy members.
    Multi valueSwitchWhen enabled, lets you select multiple values for the member field.Enabled/DisabledNo. Only valid for taxonomy members.
  4. On the Validation rules tab, click + Condition and:

    • For Reference members, set the following parameters.

      FieldTypeDescriptionValueMandatory
      Allow only specified content typesSelection listCondition on the content types allowed in the member field.Content typesNo
      Allow only a specified number of reference itemsDrop-down list + numerical valueCondition on the number of reference items allowed in the member field.No restrictions, Between, At least, or Not more thanNo
    • For other member types, if you want to make the member mandatory, click the Required switch to make it active.

Add a general member

General members define the metadata sections of content detail pages for all content types. You can add a member to the General or Strategy section. Members added to the General section appear on the Details tab of the content details page. Members added to the Strategy section appear on the Strategy tab of the content details page.

To add a general member to the content type:

  1. On the Content types page with the content type selected, click the General members tab.

  2. Click Add member and, in the Add member dialog box, select one of the following member types:

    Member typeThis type ...
    BooleanOnly has two possible values (true or false)..
    DatetimeContains Year-Month-Date-Time and can be shown in a readable format (for example, Apr 15, 2022).
    Datetime offsetContains Year-Month-Date-Time-Offset where the current datetime is offset by a specified value.
    DecimalIs a franctional number expression (for example, 1/2 is expressed as 0.5)
    IntegerIs a whole number and cannot be a fraction.
    LongIs a whole number but can contain a larger number than an integer (for example, 10, 99, 234536)
    Option listIs a list of selectable options.
    TaxonomyIs a hierarchical arrangement of entities (for example, a parent-child tree).
    Single-line textIs a single line field for short text (such as titles or names).
    Multiline textIs a multi-line field for text (such as descriptions or articles).
    Rich textIs a rich text field with formatting, asset embedding, and collaboration features.
    ReferenceIs a field that contains items referenced in the content item.
  3. On the Details tab, define the following parameters:

    FieldTypeDescriptionValueMandatory
    LabelStringName of the member.String valueYes
    Help textStringText displayed to help users work with members.String valueNo
    Data sourceListSource for the list values.Only valid for option lists.
    Associated definitionListAssociated entity definition, which is the source of the taxonomy values.Entity definitionYes but only for taxonomy members.
    Multi valueSwitchWhen enabled, lets you select multiple values for the member field.Enabled/DisabledNo. Only valid for taxonomy members.
  4. On the Validation rules tab, click + Condition and:

    • For Reference members, set the following parameters.

      FieldTypeDescriptionValueMandatory
      Allow only specified content typesSelection listCondition on the content types allowed in the member field.Content typesNo
      Allow only a specified number of reference itemsDrop-down list + numerical valueCondition on the number of reference items allowed in the member field.No restrictions, Between, At least, or Not more thanNo
    • For other member types, if you want to make the member mandatory, click the Required switch to make it active.

Note

To re-order the members, click and move the member.

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