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/editing 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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Basic

On the Basic tab, standard metadata for a content item can be viewed/modified.

PropertyDescription
Title (moved to SEO tab in R38)The title of the content item. This is the string that appears in the title in the Editor.
URL TitleThe title to use in the friendly URL. For complete information on friendly URLs, see Friendly URLs.
Navigation TitleFor 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.
Publication Date

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.

If you change the Publication Date for a content item to a future time while its Workflow Status is set to "Published", the Publication Status changes from "Inactive" to "Planned". When the current date and time reaches a content item's Publication Date, the Publication Status transitions from "Planned" to "Active".

Expiration DateThe 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 (moved to SEO tab in R38)Specifies whether to include the content from this content item in the search engine index.
TagsThe 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.
LanguageThe language version of the item.
Display OnThe page on which the item is displayed.
Database linkItems 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 IDThe identifier of the external source that contains the content or item.
CopyrightIf the content item is protected by copyright, enter the copyright statement here.
Alternative TextEnter a description of the image for visitors who are unable to view it.
AuthorFor Downloads, you can add information about the author of the content contained therein.
DateFor Downloads, you can specify the date that the content contained therein was published.
VersionFor Downloads, you can specify a version number.
PersonalizationThe personalization(s) assigned to this item.
FileDrag a file to this field to add it to a Download element.
Size ModelThe size model used by this image.
ImageDrag an image file to this field to add it to an Image element/content item.
DurationFor Multimedia items, this is how long the film or clip lasts.



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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.

Select your XperienCentral version below for more information.



PropertyDescription
URL Options
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.

URL Title

The title to use in the friendly URL. For complete information on friendly URLs, see Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Search Engine
Include in Search Engine

Specifies whether to allow search engines to include content from this content item in search results.

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].

Meta Title

By default, XperienCentral shows the title of the content item that appears in the <title> HTML tag. If you want to override the default title, you can do so by adding a different title that will be used for the content item. To override the title of a content item, enter a string in the "Meta Title" text field. For optimal results in search engines, GX recommends a maximum of 60 characters for a Meta Title.

Meta Description

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]. For optimal results in search engines, GX recommends a maximum of 160 characters for a Meta Description.

When upgrading to XperienCentral versions 10.13.0 and higher, the text in the "Lead" field (Lead & Interaction), if any, is duplicated in the Meta Description field.

Google Sitemap
Update Frequency

Specifies how often Google Sitemap updates the index for the content item. Select the update frequency from the drop-down list.

Priority

Defines the page's Google Sitemap priority. Select the priority from the drop-down list.

URL Options
Alternative URL

The Alternative URL setting was introduced in XperienCentral version R29.

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:

  1. Enter a string in the "Add Alternative URL" text field.
  2. (XperienCentral versions R38 and higher) Select "Canonical" if you want the Alternative URL to be canonical. Only one URL can be designated as the canonical URL. If another URL is already claiming the canonical designation, you must first delete it before you can define another URL as canonical.

    For pages:

    <wm:callService var="canonicalURL" serviceName="nl.gx.webmanager.services.seo.SEOService" methodName="getCanonicalURL">
        <wm:argument type="nl.gx.webmanager.cms.core.PageVersion" value="${presentationcontext.pageVersion}" />
    </wm:callService>

    For mediaItems:

    <wm:callService var="canonicalURL" serviceName="nl.gx.webmanager.services.seo.SEOService" methodName="getCanonicalURL">
        <wm:argument type="nl.gx.webmanager.cms.core.PageVersion" value="${presentationcontext.mediaitem.current}" />
    </wm:callService> 

    Or both:

    <c:set var="canonicaURL" value=""/>
    <c:choose>
        <c:when test="${not empty presentationContext.mediaItem}">
            <wm:callService var="canonicalURL" serviceName="nl.gx.webmanager.services.seo.SEOService" methodName="getCanonicalURL"> <wm:argument type="nl.gx.webmanager.cms.core.PageVersion" value="${presentationcontext.mediaitem.current}" /> </wm:callService> 
        </c:when>
        <c:otherwise>
            <wm:callService var="canonicalURL" serviceName="nl.gx.webmanager.services.seo.SEOService" methodName="getCanonicalURL"> <wm:argument type="nl.gx.webmanager.cms.core.PageVersion" value="${presentationcontext.pageVersion}" /> </wm:callService> 
        </c:otherwise>
    </choose>

  3. Click [Save]. The Alternative URL will be added and it will appear next to "This page is also available at URLs". Note that alternative friendly URLs will be standardized just as all other friendly URLs are and that is what you will see in the Alternative URLs list.

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 versions of this page uses.

URLs from inactive versions

Lists the friendly URLs that the inactive versions of this page uses.

This page is also available at URLsLists all the URLs where this page is also available.



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PropertyDescription
HTML Title

By default, XperienCentral shows the title of the content item that appears in the <title> HTML tag. If you want to override the default title, you can do so by adding a different title that will be used for the content item. To override the title of a content item, enter a string in the "HTML Title" text field. For optimal results in search engines, GX recommends a maximum of 60 characters for an HTML Title.

Alternative PathFor 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.
Meta Description

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]. For optimal results in search engines, GX recommends a maximum of 160 characters for a Meta Description.

When upgrading to XperienCentral versions 10.13.0 and higher, the text in the "Lead" field (Lead & Interaction), 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:

  • Update frequency — Specifies how often Google Sitemap updates the index for the content item. Select the update frequency from the drop-down list.
  • Priority — Defines the page's Google Sitemap priority. Select the priority from the drop-down list.
Add Alternative URL

The Alternative URL setting was introduced in XperienCentral version R29.

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:

  1. Enter a string in the "Add Alternative URL" text field.
  2. Click [Save]. The Alternative URL will be added and it will appear next to "This page is also available at URLs". Note that alternative friendly URLs will be standardized just as all other friendly URLs are and that is what you see in the Alternative URLs list.

To delete an alternative friendly URL, select the "Delete" checkbox to the right of it and then click [Save].

URLs used by active versionsLists the friendly URLs that the active version of this page uses.
URLs from inactive versionsLists the friendly URLs that inactive versions of this page uses. If there is a friendly URL conflict, it will appear in this field.
This page is also available at URLsLists all the URLs where this page is also available.



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Status

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.


PropertyDescription
Publication StatusThe following are the possible publication status states:
  • Active — The content item version has a public workflow state ("Published" for example) and the current date/time falls within the publication and expiration date range and the version has the most recent publication date.
  • Inactive — The content item version has a non-public workflow state ("Planned" for example) or its publication date is not the most recent.
  • Expired — The content item version has a public workflow state ("Published" for example) and the current date/time is later than the expiration date.
  • Planned — The content item version has a public workflow state ("Published" for example) and the current date/time is earlier than the publication date.
Workflow StatusThe 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.
CreatedThe date and time that the content item was created.
Last modifiedThe date and time that the content item was last modified.
IDThe 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 IDThe unique 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.
RemarkRemarks 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 trailClick to view the audit trail for this content item.
Watch this ContentClick [Start Watching] to watch this content. When you watch content, you will receive an e-mail notification when the following events occur:

  • Content is modified.
  • The workflow state is modified.
  • A page or page section is moved.
  • A content item is deleted.



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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]. The supported formats are SVG, GIF, BMP, PNG, JPEG and WEBP (versions R36 and higher). 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:


MetadataDescription
TitleIf 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 NameThe (operating system) name of the file containing the image.
File TypeThe image type.
SourceSpecifies the source of the image. The options are "Content Repository" or "Local file" (from a local disk drive).
DimensionsThe height/width dimensions of the image in pixels.
File SizeThe size of the image file in kilobytes (KB).
Focus PointSpecifies 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:


CommandDescription
Select from Content RepositorySelect a lead image from the Content Repository.
Select FileSelect a lead image from a file on a local disk.
Navigate to ImageIf the lead image is stored in the Content Repository, you can navigate to the image content item by selecting this.
DeleteDelete the lead image from this content item. The source of the image is not affected by this action.
Select Focus PointSet 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 PointIf 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.




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Versions

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


The following applies to XperienCentral versions R34 and higher.

To view only the version(s) of a content item in a specific language, select it from the "Show Versions in" drop-down list.



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Revisions

The following applies to XperienCentral versions R29 and higher.


Shows the revisions of a content item and allows you to revert to an older version. See Reverting a Content Item for complete information.


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Advanced

In the "Advanced" tab, you can configure a redirect for the current page.

PropertyDescription
Choose TargetSelect 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 TypeSelect the redirect type. You have two options:
  • Permanent Redirect (301) - A (301) redirect permanently redirects to the target page or external URL and indicates to search engines that the old URL should be removed from their indexes.
  • Temporary Redirect (302) - A (302) redirect temporarily redirects to the target page or external URL and indicates to search engines that they should read and use the content on the new page but should keep checking the original URL because the intention is to reinstate it at some point.



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Design

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:

  1. Click the down arrow for the "Design Template" drop-down list.
  2. Select the new template for the page or page section from the list.
  3. 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:

  1. Click the down arrow for the "Style" drop-down list.
  2. Select the new style for the content item from the list.
  3. 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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General

In the General tab, you can change universal settings for content items.

PropertyDescription
Current settingsShows 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 DateSpecifies 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.
Use HTTPS

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.


Language

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 sectionThis 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 settingsAllows 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.



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On the Links tab, you can view the hyperlinks that appear on content item as well as which content item(s) have a link to the current content item. In addition, you can modify the behavior of links on the current content item.

Links on this version
PropertyDescription
Link CodeThe internal code assigned to the link.
Link TargetThe URL or content item assigned to the link.
Available in current languageSpecifies whether the content of the linked content item is available in the current language of the content version whose properties you are viewing. The availability of the current language in web links cannot be determined.
StateSpecifies the current state of the content item being linked to.
Link BehaviorThe Link Behavior assigned to the link.
DeleteSelect "Delete" and then click [Save] to delete the link.

You can add link/link code combinations. Link codes are specific to the content item on which it is created. The link code can be used to make a link out of the Image, List and Table content elements to a another content item on your website or an external URL. Beginning in XperienCentral R37, link codes can also be added to the Content Overview and Dynamic Content Overview content elements. To add a link, follow these steps:

  1. Click [Add Link].
  2. Select the link behavior from the "Link Behavior" drop-down.
  3. Select the target for the link: other content on this website ("Content") or an external URL ("Web").
  4. If the link is of type "Content", enter a full or partial string in the "Search" field and then select the target content. To select a page from the page tree, click the page tree icon.
  5. If the link is of type "Web", enter the full target URL in the "Suffix" field.
  6. Click [Save]. The new link code is added.

See Link Codes for more information.


Content item versions that contain a link to this content item
ItemDescription
TitleThe 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.
LanguageThe language of the version of the content item linking to the content item version you are currently viewing.
StateThe workflow status of the content item containing the hyperlink to the current page or page section.


To delete one or more link codes, follow these steps:

  1. Click the checkbox to the left of the link code to select it. You can select multiple links.
  2. Click [Delete]. All the selected link codes will be deleted.





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Read Access

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.

PropertyDescription
Select a category(Optional) Select the category to which the personalization belongs from the drop-down list.
Select a PersonalizationSelect the personalization you want to assign to the content item from the drop-down list.
Access only for usersSelect whether the content item is only available for users of the website who have logged in (Yes).
Pass on current settingsThis option allows you to select which pages or page sections inherit the read access settings of the current page or page section.



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Page Sections

In the Page Sections tab, you can see which page sections are assigned to the current page.

ItemDescription
Current settingsShows 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 SectionsLists the page sections assigned to this page.
Overrule the page section structure for this pageSelect 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:
  1. In the list of page sections, you can change the position where a page section appears on the page by modifying the number that appears in the drop-down list and then clicking [Save]. Where the page section appears depends on your design template. Contact your application manager for complete information about where page sections are designed to appear on a page.
  2. To remove a page section from the current page, select "Delete" and then click [Save].
Pass on current settings to underlying pages and pages on the same levelShows pages the current page section settings are passed on to.



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Sub Pages

In the Sub Pages tab, you can see which pages are direct child pages of the current 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.

PropertyDescription
TitleThe title of the sub page.
StateThe workflow status of the sub page.
Show in NavigationSpecifies 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].



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Workflow

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.

PropertyDescription
Inherit workflow modelThe page or page section inherits the workflow model assigned to the page specified.
Define custom workflow modelAllows you to define a custom workflow model for the page. To define a custom workflow model:

  1. Select "Define custom workflow model".
  2. Select the workflow that you want to base your custom workflow on from the drop-down list.
  3. Select the roles you want to assign to each activity. This allows you to define the number of XperienCentral users who can perform the available activities. Click [Save].
  4. You can modify the roles that are authorized to modify the custom workflow.
  5. Click [Save].





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Metadata

Shows the page metadata (if any).