Basic Sitecore content author terminology

Purpose

This training document outlines basic Sitecore content author terminology that may be referred to in the other training documents.

Contents

Component

Content author

Content editor

Content tree

Data Source

Display name

Experience editor

Folder

Item

List

Page title & meta description

Ribbon

Tokens

Workflow state

Component

Every Sitecore page is made up of building blocks known as components. Components can be layered on top of each other and arranged to make a page. Each component holds content (like text, images, and videos) that make up a page.

Depending on how they have been developed, you may be able to change some attributes on each component, like the colours, padding or background image and the content the component displays. Only certain components can be added on certain pages. You can find out which components you can add to what pages here.

The red outline on the image below shows part of a page with 3 components. The red lines divide each of the components.


Content author

A Sitecore user that creates or edits content in Sitecore.

Content editor

Sitcore’s content editing tool that allows you to manage content and items in a tree-based interface.

Content tree

The content tree is the list of all the content items that appears on the left side of the Content Editor.

Data source

Data source items are used to make up predefined renderings, which are intended to be re-used in multiple locations. Most renderings pull data from data source items. The content the items display is not bound to the page on which they appear but is stored in data source items that you can find in the content tree of the Content Editor.

Display name

The label that an item contains in the content tree.

Experience editor

A WYSIWYG editor that allows users to make changes to components and items directly on the page.

Folder

An item that acts as a contain for other items.

Item

Items are the core building units of content, made up of fields that contain information. An example are the assets that make up the content tree, such as content, media and settings. Each asset contained in the tree is known as an item.

List

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.

Page title & meta description

The page title and meta description are HTML tags that appear in the source code of a webpage, and on search engines results pages. They tell search engines what a page is about, and tell people who see the search engine results page what a page is about before they click on it.

On a Google search engine results page, the page title and meta description can be found here:

For instructions on how to add a page title and meta description to a page, click here.

Ribbon

The top navigation of the Content Editor and Experience Editor.

Tokens

Tokens are used to dynamically pull field values.

The list of default Sitecore tokens includes the following:

  • $name: The name of the item
  • $date: The current date
  • $time: The current time
  • $now: The current date and time
  • $id: The id of the item
  • $parentid: The id of the item's parent
  • $parentname: The name of the item's parent

Workflow state

Items must move through a series of states before becoming available for publishing. The Workflow State determines what stage the item is in, in this process:

There are 5 workflow states that a page or item can have:

  • Draft
  • Rejected
  • Unpublished
  • Waiting for approval
  • Published

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