How to contribute content

1 Content creation

Content creation is quickly introduced here and in more detail via the presentation of content types here.

2 Update a Content

In order to modify a content in edit or contribute mode, simply double-click on it, or right-click on the content and select "Edit"  in the contextual menu. This will open the edit engine.

Note that some contents are not editable in contribute mode.

3 Work in Progress

When a content is saved as a work in progress, then it can not be published. This feature is useful in order to avoid the unexpected publication of a content being created or modified. To save a content as a work in progress, simply check the corresponding box at the bottom of the edit engine:

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Any editor/contributor can edit a content previously saved as work in progress. To prevent others from editing a content, you must lock this content.

An overlay is displayed in edit and contribute mode over the contents saved as work in progress, so they can easily be identified.

The work in progress feature is language dependent, meaning that this status is activated language by language. This allows to publish the content in a language while one or several other languages of the same item will remain in a Work in progress state (because the editing work or translation is not finished for instance).

Once your content is ready to be published, simply uncheck the box and save the content. You will then be able to publish it.

Note: Contact your administrator if you want the “save as work in progress” box checked or not by default when you create a new content.

4 Lock Content

Locking content prevents other users from editing it. When you open the content editing form, it is locked for other users, so it's impossible for two users to edit the same content at the same time. The lock is removed as soon as you close the edit engine, by saving or canceling your changes.

If you put on hold your work on a content, and want to prevent others from editing it, you can lock the content by opening its contextual menu and selecting "Lock". You can remove the lock in the same way, via the contextual menu of your content.

5 Content Deletion

The deletion process of a content is different if content has already been published or not. It is however a two-step process in any case.

Important: Permanent deletion of content cannot be undone.

The deletion of a content is not specific to a language: if your content exists in multiple languages, then once deleted, it will be deleted in all languages.

The deletion of a content also implies the deletion of the sub-contents. This is also the case for pages: deleting a page will also delete its sub-pages.

Remember, you can unpublish a page or content so that it is no longer visible online (for a selected language). 

5.1 Mark content for deletion

The first step is to mark a content for deletion. This is done through the contextual menu of the content (via a right click on the content): it is then necessary to select the entry "Delete":

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A confirmation window will appear, in which you can add a comment that will be visible from the trash:

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A content marked for deletion still appears in Edit and Contribute modes, however with an overlay indicating that the content is ready to be deleted. A content marked for deletion is no longer displayed in the different preview modes, but is still displayed online (if it was previously published).

Contents marked for deletion are not editable.

At this point, it is possible to cancel the deletion of the content, from its contextual menu ("Undelete") of the contents or from the trash.

5.2 Never Published Content

If content marked for deletion has never been published, it can be permanently deleted by choosing the "Delete (permanently)" option. A confirmation window is then displayed, because this operation cannot be canceled.

A content marked for deletion, and which was never published, can also be permanently deleted if it is part of a publication (for instance if the rest of the page is actually being published).

5.3 Previously Published Content

Any content marked for deletion will be permanently deleted, in working version and in the live version, if it is published. It is therefore necessary to start the publication of a content marked for deletion in order to permanently delete it online.

If you simply want a content to be no longer visible online, but still editable in edit and contribute modes, then you need to unpublish the content (in the desired language if your content exists in many languages).

5.4 Special Case of Mounted Folders

It is possible that your Digital Experience Manager is connected to other file storage systems, so you can use such files seamlessly in your web projects. The permanent deletion of these files stored on external systems is done in a single step.

6 Copy and Paste Content

It is possible to copy a content and paste it on a different page of your web project, or even in a different web project. To do so, you just need to right-click on a content, and then select “Copy” in the contextual menu. Then the button “Paste” will be displayed in every areas or content lists where you can paste the content. This “Paste” button will still be displayed when navigating in your site, allowing you to paste the content in a different page.

It is also possible to select several contents (by holding down the "Ctrl" key of your keyboard while clicking on several contents) and copy them all at once. All the copied contents will be pasted when clicking on a “Paste” button.

6.1 “Paste” vs “Paste as reference”

Copy and pasting a content will create a copy a the content, totally independent from the original one. Meaning that any modification made on the source content will have no impact whatsoever on the new content created by the “Paste” operation.
When using “Paste as reference”, you will actually create a reference to the created content. Please consult the section related to references.

6.2 Copy and paste page

In order to copy a page, you need to click on the “Copy” option in the contextual menu by right-clicking on the page (or by clicking on the “...” button related to the page).
Then you need to open the contextual menu of the parent page under which you want to paste the page. You then have two options:
“Paste”: this will copy the page and its subpages. All the contents are duplicated, meaning that they are now independent from the source page, and can be modified without impacting the source ones
“Paste one page”: this copies only the page, and not the subpages

7 Move Content

Several ways exist to move a content from an area to another, another page, or another site.

7.1 Cut and Paste

You can move a content from an area or content list to another area of the same page, or to another page, or to another site by right-clicking on it, then selecting “Cut”. Then the button “Paste” will be displayed in every areas or content lists where you can paste the content. This “Paste” button will still be displayed when navigating in your site, allowing you to paste the content in a different page.

7.2 Drag and Drop

You can move a content inside the same page using drag and drop. By default, the entire content is draggable, meaning that you can click, and hold the click, anywhere on the content in order to drag it, before dropping it anywhere else on the page. Your server administrator may have selected another strategy, where one has to hold the click on the top left corner of a content in order to be able to drag it:

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The content can only be dragged by using the small icon in the top left corner of the content

Once the content is dragged, a “preview” is displayed and an icon ( or  )indicates if the content can be dropped or not.

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If you release the click while the content can’t be dropped, then the drag-and-drop operation is cancelled, and the content remains where it initially was.

Note that your administrator may have deactivated the drag-and-drop.

7.3 Move the Content within an Area or Content List

If you want to move the content within the same area or content list, then you need to open the edit engine of the area (or content list), and then manually re-order the contents of the list in the “List ordering” tab.

7.4 Move a Page

You can move a page in the “Pages” panel of the edit mode, using either “cut and paste” or drag and drop.

8 Export Content

Content export features allow you to download contents on your computer, in order to be able to import it on a different site or server for instance.

To do so, you need to open the contextual menu of a content by right-clicking on it, and then “Export”:

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You then have 3 export options:

  • Export XML: export the content from the workspace in an xml file (this option is not available for pages)
  • Export Zip: export the content from the workspace in a zip file
  • Export Zip with live content: export in a zip file the content as it is in the workspace and the content as it is online (“live content”).

Exporting a content will export all sub-contents. For instance:

  • Exporting a page will export all the contents of the page and the sub-contents
  • Exporting a content-list will export all the contents created in the list
Important: References are not part of an export.

9 Import Content

Once a content has been exported, it can be re-imported. To import a content, open the contextual menu of the parent content/page, then click on “Import”. You then need to select the exported file (either zip or xml) and click on “OK”. Note that the import operation can takes some time depending on the size of the imported file, therefore the operation is performed in the background. You will need to refresh the page in order to see the imported content.

Important: the “import” option is available in the contextual menu of all the contents, however the operation can fail if you try to import incompatible content. For instance, you cannot import a page in an area or in an editorial content.

Most common usages of content import:

  • An exported page is imported under another page
  • An exported content or list of contents, is imported in an area or another list of contents
Warning: if the import file contains a page or content that already exist under the page or area where the import is performed, then the imported content will override the existing content.