This topic describes all the possible properties that all content items types can have. No content type contains all the possible properties.
You can reach the Properties panel for a content item in 3 ways:
- Click [Edit] in the Properties Widget while viewing a content item.
- Select "Edit Properties" from the Actions menu while viewing/editing a content item.
- (Pages and Page Sections only) Right-click the page or page section in the Site Structure or Page Section widget and select "Edit Properties" from the context menu.
The Properties panel appears as shown in the example below. Click the tabs on the left to navigate through the property categories.
The example screenshot above applies to XperienCentral versions R34 and higher.
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On the Basic tab, standard metadata for a content item can be viewed/modified.
|Title||The title of the content item. This is the string that appears in the title in the Editor.|
|URL Title||The title to use in the friendly URL. For complete information on friendly URLs, see Search Engine Optimization (SEO).|
|Navigation Title||For web pages, you can specify a navigation title that differs from the title of the page. The navigation title appears in the website navigation in both the frontend and in the Workspace.|
The date and time the Publication Status of the content item was or will be Active or Planned, depending on the Workflow status. By default, the Publication Date and time is the moment that the content item was created. At the same time, the default Workflow Status is Planned which means that the default Publication Status of a newly created content item is "Inactive". This prevents a newly created content item from being immediately visible.
|Expiration Date||The date the content item expired or will expire. By default, a content item has no expiration date assigned to it. You must manually configure the expiration date for a content item.|
|Include in Search Engine||Specifies whether to include the content from this content item in the search engine index.|
|Tags||The tag(s) that are assigned to the item. The "Tags" field is only available for a page when it is saved in the Content Repository. Before you can add a tag to a content item, it must exist. See Tags for information on creating tags.|
|Language||The language version of the item.|
|Display On||The page on which the item is displayed.|
|Database link||Items in the Content Repository can be linked to a database. For example, an article over a product can be linked to a "Products" database. Click [Add reference] and search for the database that you want to reference.|
|External Source ID||The identifier of the external source that contains the content or item.|
|Copyright||If the content item is protected by copyright, enter the copyright statement here.|
|Alternative Text||Enter a description of the image for visitors who are unable to view it.|
|Author||For Downloads, you can add information about the author of the content contained therein.|
|Date||For Downloads, you can specify the date that the content contained therein was published.|
|Version||For Downloads, you can specify a version number.|
|Personalization||The personalization(s) assigned to this item.|
|File||Drag a file to this field to add it to the download.|
|Size Model||The size model used by this image.|
|Image||Drag an image file to this field to add it to the image content item.|
|Duration||For Multimedia items, this is how long the film or clip lasts.|
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
In the SEO tab, you can view and maintain settings relevant to Search Engine Optimization (SEO). For complete information on how XperienCentral implements SEO, see Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
Search Engine Optimization is not relevant for content items in XperienCentral Headless.
|HTML title||By default, XperienCentral shows the title of the page that appears in the <title> HTML tag. If you want to override the default page title, you can do so by adding a different title that will be used for the page. To override the HTML title of a page, enter a string in the "HTML title" text field.|
|Alternative Path||For web pages, you can specify an alternate URL path that is used in the active friendly URL. This allows you to reference the web page via a path that does not necessarily exist in your website's navigation structure. Just as the friendly URL for a page is constructed using the relative path (based on the navigation tree) plus the title of the page, the friendly URL of a page with an alternate URL path is constructed using the alternate URL path plus the title of the page. The alternate URL path begins after the '/web' part of the friendly URL. To add an alternate path, enter a string in the "Alternative Path" text field.|
|Add Alternative URL|
For web pages, you can create an alternative URL that directly links to that page. A web page can have multiple alternative URLs. The advantage of an alternative URL is that you can make it whatever you want as long as it's unique and the link will lead directly to that page. Note that when a visitor follows the alternative link to the page, they will see the main friendly URL in the Address field of their browser and not the alternative friendly URL.
To add an alternative friendly URL, follow these steps:
To delete an alternative friendly URL, select the "Delete" checkbox to the right of it and then click [Save].
|URLs used by active versions||Lists the friendly URLs that the active version of this page uses.|
|URLs from inactive versions||Lists the friendly URLs that inactive versions of this page uses.|
|This page is also available at URLs||Lists all the URLs where this page is also available.|
A content item can have a meta description that summarizes the content item. This information does not appear on the content item itself but can be recognized and processed by a search engine. In the search results, the search engine displays the first 25 or so words (depending on the search engine) of the description below the clickable link to the content item. For best results, the summary should be as direct and concise as possible. To add a Meta Description, enter the text in the Meta Description text field and then click [Apply].
When upgrading to XperienCentral versions 10.13.0 and higher, the text in the "Lead" field, if any, is duplicated in the Meta Description field.
|Meta Keywords||A website can contain metadata keywords related to its content. These keywords are invisible to website visitors but they can be recognized and processed by search engines. The metadata consists of a list of keywords related to the content of the website. There is disagreement about the usefulness of metadata keywords: Some in the industry believe that search engines tend to ignore the keywords and look at the actual content of the website instead. Nevertheless, you can add metadata keywords in XperienCentral that are applied at the website level as well as at the page level. |
To add keywords that will only be used on the current page, select "Use own keywords for this article" and type the keywords, separated by commas, in the text field. When finished, click [Apply].
|Google Sitemap||Defines the following Google Sitemap properties:|
On the Status tab you can set the workflow status of a content item and view/set other metadata related to the status of the content item.
|Publication Status||The following are the possible publication status states:|
|Workflow Status||The workflow state that the content item is currently in (Planned, Published, etc.). To change the Workflow State, select it from the drop-down list. You can also change the status of a content item by selecting "Change Status to" in the Actions menu.|
|Created||The date and time that the content item was created.|
|Last modified||The date and time that the content item was last modified.|
|ID||The internal ID of the content item. This is the unique identifier within XperienCentral for all content items that have only one version. All versions of a content item share the same ID. Because of this, the "Version ID" of a content item version, described below, is therefore its unique ID within XperienCentral. You can search for content items according to its ID using both Quick Search and Advanced Search.|
|Version ID||The internal ID of this version of the content item. Because different versions of a content item share the same ID (described above), the version ID of a content item version is its unique identifier within XperienCentral. You can search for content items according to its version ID using both Quick Search and Advanced Search.|
|Remark||Remarks allow you to note what you have modified or attach other comments to a page or page section. When a page or page section has a remark added to it, the icon for the page or page section in the Page Section Widget or Site Structure Widget has a yellow tint. See Site Structure Widget for more information.|
|View audit trail||Click to view the audit trail for this content item.|
|Watch this Content||Click [Start Watching] to watch this content. When you watch content, you will receive an e-mail notification when the following events occur:|
Lead & Interaction
For some items in the Content Repository, you can add lead text for it as well as assign a leading image to it. Whenever the item appears in a Content Overview or Dynamic Content Overview element, the lead text and image are shown along with a link to the item.
Adding Lead Text
Enter text in the "Lead" field to add leading text and click [Save].
Adding a Lead Image
To add a lead image, drag and drop an image file from a File Explorer window into the "Lead Image" field or click [Add image]. You have two choices: "Select from Content Repository" which allows you to select a file from the XperienCentral Content Repository and "Select File" which allows you to navigate to the file containing the image you want to add in File Explorer. Add the image and then click [Save] to save your changes.
Once you add a lead image, you will see the following metadata for it:
|Title||If the image is stored in the Content Repository, this shows its XperienCentral title. Click the title to navigate directly to the Image media item.|
|File Name||The (operating system) name of the file containing the image.|
|File Type||The image type.|
|Source||Specifies the source of the image. The options are "Content Repository" or "Local file" (from a local disk drive).|
|Dimensions||The height/width dimensions of the image in pixels.|
|File Size||The size of the image file in kilobytes (KB).|
|Focus Point||Specifies whether a focus point has been defined for the lead image. If the source of the lead image is a local file on disk, you can set or modify its focus point by clicking [Edit Image] and selecting "Selecting Focus Point" (see below). If the source of the lead image is the Content Repository, you can set or modify its focus point by clicking [Edit Image] and selecting "Navigate to Image". See Defining the Focus Point for an Image for complete information.|
Edit Image Options
Once a lead image has been added, clicking [Edit Image] gives you the following command options:
|Select from Content Repository||Select a lead image from the Content Repository.|
|Select File||Select a lead image from a file on a local disk.|
|Navigate to Image||If the lead image is stored in the Content Repository, you can navigate to the image content item by selecting this.|
|Delete||Delete the lead image from this content item. The source of the image is not affected by this action.|
|Select Focus Point||Set a focus point for the lead image. This is only possible for images whose source is a file on a local disk. If the source of the lead image is stored in the Content Repository, you can only set or modify its focus point in the image content item itself. See Defining the Focus Point for an Image for complete information.|
|Edit Focus Point||If the image has a focus point defined, select this option to modify or delete it.|
XperienCentral versions R32 and higher
Lead Text and a Lead Image can be assigned to a page. The Lead Text and Lead Image properties for a media page are read-only. Media pages inherit the Lead Text and Lead Image settings of the page version they reference.
In the Versions tab you can see details regarding all versions of the content item that exist. In XperienCentral versions R33.1 and lower, the versions shown in the table are for the current language. In R34 and higher, all versions in all languages are shown. The state of the current version is "Current version" ("Published") and the state of all other versions is "Draft". To switch to a different version of the content item, use the "View All Versions" command in the Actions menu. The table details which user created the version, its publication date and its expiration date (if any). For pages and page sections, you can also delete older, unpublished versions by selecting the checkbox next to it and clicking [Delete].
You cannot delete the current version of a content item.
Filter Content Item(s) by Language Version
To view only the version(s) of a content item in a specific language, select it from the "Show Versions in" drop-down list.
Shows the revisions of a content item and allows you to revert to an older version. See Reverting a Content Item for complete information.
In the "Advanced" tab, you can configure a redirect for the current page.
|Choose Target||Select the target for the redirect. The redirect can be to another page on the current website or an external URL. Click [Search Reference] to select the target. Use the "Content" tab to select a page on the current website. Use the "Web" tab to specify an external URL.|
|Redirect Type||Select the redirect type. You have two options:|
In the Design tab, you can select a different design template and/or style for the page or page section. This allows you to change the look and feel of the page or page section on the website frontend. To select a different design template for the current content item:
- Click the down arrow for the "Design Template" drop-down list.
- Select the new template for the page or page section from the list.
- Click [Apply] and then click [Close]. The change is immediately processed and you can see the effect in the Editor.
To select a different style for the current content item:
- Click the down arrow for the "Style" drop-down list.
- Select the new style for the content item from the list.
- Click [Apply] and then click [Close]. The change is immediately processed and you can see the effect in the Editor.
If the page or page section has child pages and/or siblings, you can select which pages or page sections will inherit the design settings of the current page or page section. Select the checkbox next to the page(s) or page section(s) to which you want to pass the design settings on to and then click [Save].
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In the General tab, you can change universal settings for content items.
|Current settings||Shows the settings that are currently applied to the page or page section. If "(Own settings)" is shown, then the settings for the current page or page section are those defined in the property tabs, which means that the page or page section's settings are not inherited from or overruled by another by another page or page section.|
|Use Expiration Date||Specifies whether the page or page section has an expiration date assigned to it. The page or page section will expire on the date set for it in the Basic tab. If this setting is cleared, the page or page section has no expiration date.|
When selected, this page or page section requires HTTPS authentication in order to be viewed.
To use this setting, your website must be configured to use HTTPS. Contact your application manager for more information.
Specifies the default language for the page or page section on the website frontend. When a website visitor requests this page or page section, this is the language version they will view. To change the default language, select "Define other settings for this page or page section" and click [Save]. A drop-down becomes available from which you can select the default language version.
This setting applies to the page, not the page version. This means that if you change the language for a page, all versions of it will change to the selected language as well.
|Define other settings for this page or page section||This option allows you to set the general settings for the page or page section and to pass on the settings from the current page or page section to its child pages. By default, all child pages of pages and page sections inherit the settings of its parent page. To override the passing on of settings, select this option and then click [Save]. You can then manually select which child pages inherit the settings from the current page or page section in the section "Pass on current settings" below.|
|Pass on current settings||Allows you to specify which page(s) or page section(s) will inherit the settings of the current page or page section. By default, pages and page sections pass on their settings to all child pages or page sections.|
On the Links tab, you can view the hyperlinks that appear on this page or page section as well as which page(s) or page section(s) have a link to the current page or page section. In addition, you can modify the behavior of links on the current page or page section.
|Links of this <content item>|
|Links of this <content item>||Shows all the hyperlinks on this content item.|
|Link Code||The code assigned to the link.|
|Edit||Click this button to modify the link. When finished, click [Apply & Close].|
|Link Target||The URL or content item assigned to the link.|
|Link Behavior||The Link Behavior assigned to the link.|
|Delete||Select "Delete" and then click [Save] to delete the link.|
|Links to this <content item>|
|Title||The title of the content item containing the hyperlink to the current content item. To navigate to the content item containing the link in the Editor, click it.|
|State||The workflow status of the content item containing the hyperlink to the current page or page section.|
On the Read Access tab, you can see the current read access settings for the current page or page section. If you want to change the read access settings, select "Overrule inherited settings for this page" and then click [Save]. You can then assign a personalization to the page or page section which allows you to control which visitors have access to it.
|Select a category||(Optional) Select the category to which the personalization belongs from the drop-down list.|
|Select a Personalization||Select the personalization you want to assign to the content item from the drop-down list.|
|Access only for users||Select whether the content item is only available for users of the website who have logged in (Yes).|
|Pass on current settings||This option allows you to select which pages or page sections inherit the read access settings of the current page or page section.|
In the Page Sections tab, you can see which page sections are assigned to the current page.
|Current settings||Shows the page sections (if any) assigned to this page. If "(Based on <page name>)" appears, then the page section settings of the current page are inherited from the specified page. To overrule the page section structure for the current page, select "Overrule the page section structure for this page" and then click [Save].|
|Page Sections||Lists the page sections assigned to this page.|
|Overrule the page section structure for this page||Select this option to overrule the inherited page section settings and then click [Save]. Follow the steps below to modify the page section settings for this page:|
|Pass on current settings to underlying pages and pages on the same level||Shows pages the current page section settings are passed on to.|
In the Sub Pages tab, you can see which pages are child pages of the page and modify the order that they appear in the navigation on the website frontend. You can also define whether sub pages appear in the website navigation.
|Title||The title of the sub page.|
|State||The workflow status of the sub page.|
|Show in Navigation||Specifies whether to show the sub page in the navigation on the website frontend. If this setting is cleared, the page will not appear in the navigation.|
Changing the Navigation Order
You can quickly and easily change the order that the sub pages appear in the page navigation structure using drag and drop. To do so, simply click on the title of a sub page with the left mouse button and keep the button depressed. Drag the sub page to the desired location in the navigation order and then release the left mouse button. The sub page is moved to the new location. Click [Save].
In the Workflow Model tab, you can define the workflow for the page or page section. By default pages and page sections inherit the workflow model from its parent page or a page section or page higher in the navigation hierarchy. The only exception to this is the home page, which has no parent page, therefore you have to manually assign a workflow model for it.
|Inherit workflow model||The page or page section inherits the workflow model assigned to the page specified.|
|Define custom workflow model||Allows you to define a custom workflow model for the page. To define a custom workflow model:|
Shows the page metadata (if any).