Use Case: Create Content Object




  1. Navigate to a location within CMF where you have rights to add content. For example, select My Stuff from your navigation bar to create the content in your member folder.
  2. If needed, select the Folder contents link from the action box.
  3. Click the "New" button. The system will display the "Add Content" page. From the list of available content types[1], select the radio button corresponding to the type of content which you wish to create. Enter an appropriate ID[2] for the new piece of content, and click the "Add" button.
  4. The system will create a new, empty content object of the type you selected, and display the "Standard Resource Metadata" edit form. This form, common across all of the default content types which come stock with the CMF, allows you to enter specific metadata about your new content:
    A string used to identify your content.
    A short summary of the content.
    A set of keywords, used for cataloging your content.

    The form provides three submit buttons, each of which saves your content:

    commits your changes and return to the metadata form.
    Change and Edit
    commits your changes and redirects to the edit form, which will allow you to enter the "body" of your content.
    Change and View
    commit your changes and proceed to viewing your new piece of content.
  5. Select "Change and Edit", and supply the initial content for your object as follows:
    Enter the text for your object, as either Structured Text[3] or HTML[4]. You may either type or paste the text into the textarea, or upload it from your computer.
    News Item
    Fill out the "Lead-in" and "Body" text areas.
    File / Image
    Upload the content from your computer.
    Link / Favorite / Event
    Fill out the form with appropriate values.

    Fill out the form and select the "Change" button to save your content.

  6. You may wish to continue with one of the workflow use cases:


..[1] see "Default CMF Content Types",DefaultContentTypes.stx.

..[2] Don't confuse the content's ID with the its Title. ID's cannot contain special characters (e.g., comma, asterisk, brackets, parentheses, etc.) A good practise is not to use spaces in an ID either. The ID is used in the URL to reach the folder's content, so any character which is not allowed in a URI is not allowed in the id (see URI RFC).

..[3] See Structured Text Introduction

..[4] The HTML you enter will have everything outside the BODY tag stripped off; the TITLE and META tags will be used, if present, to update the content's metadata.