An introduction to Sitecore and the YVR website

Purpose

This training document gives a basic introduction to Sitecore as it pertains to the YVR website.

Contents

What is Sitecore

Sitecore web pages and components

Page types

Component types

Lists

Forms

Language versions

Submitting pages for approval

Locking items

What is Sitecore

Sitecore is a content management system (CMS). It stores the content that is used on the YVR website, and allows a user to build the web pages, and other assets that appear on the YVR website.

Sitecore web pages and components

Sitecore webpages are made up of components. You can think of components as the building blocks of a website. The image below shows an example of how components make up the YVR passengers homepage.



Components act as an empty container that is used to hold and display information, or items, that exist elsewhere in the CMS. This means that the content that is displayed on a page is not bound to the page on which it appears, rather it is stored in data source items that you can find in the content tree of the Content Editor.

Since components have some attributes that determine how the content they are pulling is displayed, there are different kinds of components. Some components have attributes that content authors can adjust, such as the background colour, while other components are completely unadjustable by the content author.

Page types

Your Sitecore instance contains different page layouts. A page layout determines what components can be added to that page, and the general layout the page has.

For a list of page types and the components they can contain, click here.

Component types

As mentioned above, since components have some attributes that determine how the content they are pulling is displayed, there are different kinds of components.

For a list of component types, click here.

Lists

Lists are a way of organizing additional, structured content that are included on one or more pages. They are a centralized way to manage the content in reusable components on the website.

Forms

Some YVR web-pages contain forms. Currently the forms on the YVR website are components, with a form rendering.

For a list of the different types of forms and more information about how to add these to a page, click here.

Language versions

The YVR website features pages in English, French and Chinese. When you have finished creating one language version of a page, you will need to create the same page in the other languages. For instructions on how to do this, click here.

Submitting pages for approval

All content authors must submit their changes for approval before they are published on the website. For instructions, click here.

Locking items

All content authors must ‘lock’ items before editing them so that no other user can edit them at the same time. For instructions on locking and unlocking items, click here.

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