Content Management

The most common task you'll be performing on your site is managing its content. Content is made up of all of the pages on your site and the text and media displayed on them.

Using the Content Dashboard

The content dashboard is the primary interface for managing all your sites existing content. It can be accessed by clicking the "Content" menu item in the admin toolbar after logging in. The dashboard is made up of several content libraries, each accessible by clicking one of the tabs on the page (Content, Media, Documents, Custom blocks). The default library that's shown is the content library, which shows a list of content items, like pages, news articles, events, etc.

content dashboard

Depending on what modules you have enabled on your site, you may see additional sub-tabs on the content library that show a specialized listing of content items, like for courses or scheduled content. In the screenshot above, you can see that there's an additional sub-tab for "Scheduled". This is because the "News" A collection of features or functionality that can be enabled on sites. WDS has made several optional modules available to site administrators to enable on their site. For example, the "News" module enables the News content type and provide a News List Block for displaying news on a page. is enabled on this sample site. This tab will show articles that are scheduled to be published.

The content library gives you the ability to:

  • Search for and find existing content items to manage.
  • View, edit, or delete individual items.
  • Use the checkboxes in the results table and the "bulk action" dropdown menu to delete, publish, or unpublish multiple content items at once.
  • Add new content items.

Editing Pages While Viewing Them

Once logged in, you'll notice a set of tabs appear on most pages of your site as you browse:

Tool bar with Edit text highlighted

You can use these tabs to quickly manage the A individual item of content. For example, a page, a news article, and an event are all content items, which correspond to the Page, News, and Event content types, respectively. you are viewing.

Replicating Content

Sometimes it's useful to replicate (clone) existing content items. For example, you may have a yearly event. Rather than creating an entirely new version of the event every year, you can find last year's event, replicate it, and make changes to the date before publishing it. Another example is you spent a lot of time creating a page with a highly custom layout, and you'd like to reuse most of the page for a new section of your website. Rather than starting from scratch, you can replicate the existing page and make only the changes needed.

All content items (e.g. Page, News, Event, Person, etc) can be replicated:

  1. Edit or visit the content item and click the "Replicate" tab.
  2. Enter a new title for the replicated item and submit the form.
  3. The replicated content is created and saved. You'll be brought directly edit form for the new content, where you can make changes and publish the content.

Note that all replicated content is set to unpublished. If the original content had a menu item, the replicated content will not have a menu item created for it automatically. All other fields should be copied, including A term is an individual item that belongs to some taxonomy vocabulary, typically used for categorizing content. For example, a vocabulary "Colors" may have terms in it "Red", "Green", "Blue". selections and page layouts.

The form for replicating a content item