What is a Sitecore Content item?
- An addressable unit of content with a specific location in the Content Tree
- A node in the Content Tree with values for fields defined by an associated data template
- All items can be accessed through the Sitecore API
- Not available as pages on the site when they only contain metadata or system information
What are the two types of items in Sitecore?
- Content items contain information that will appear on the published Web site
- Definition items contain meta-data describing some aspect of the Web site configuration or implementation
- Layouts, sublayouts and other renderings have a definition item so Sitecore can access the code
- Data templates and fields are definition items that are used to model content for a site
What types of versions does Sitecore support?
- Language versions are the primary type of versioning supported by Sitecore
- Each item can contain any number of language versions
- Each item must have at least one language version defined
- The default language version is English if no other language version is specified
- Numeric versions of items is the secondary type of versioning supported by Sitecore
- All numeric versions exist within a language version of an item
- Each language version of an items must contain at least one numeric version
- Each language version of an item can contain any number of numeric versions
Why is item versioning useful?
- Language versions are used to support localization of a site
- Numeric versions are used for many reasons
- An old version of a page can be displayed to the public while the new version is being created
- Newer versions of items can be blocked from being published until they are approved
- A page can be rolled back to an older version of the page quickly
- Seasonal pages can be re-used more easily each year
What is the relationship of one Sitecore item to another?
- Sitecore items can relate to other items in the Content Tree (like a foreign key)
- An item can contain a field that stores the ID of another item
- Each Sitecore item keeps track of its parent and children
What are the primary attributes of Sitecore items?
- The Globally Unique ID (GUID) is the primary attribute of each Sitecore item
- All Sitecore items have a GUID assigned to them at the time they are created
- The GUID does not change unless the item is deleted and re-created
- All Sitecore items also have a path in the Content Tree
- The path contains all of the containers from the root of the tree to the item
- The path is less efficient because Sitecore needs to convert it to a GUID to locate an item
- Either one of these attributes can be used to locate an individual item uniquely
What attributes are displayed in the Item Properties Dialog Box?
- Who created the item
- When it was created
- When it was last modified
- Whether or not the item is in a workflow
- Whether or not a reminder has been set
- Whether or not an archive date has been set
How does someone edit content items in Sitecore?
- Log on to the Sitecore User Interface (UI) to edit a content item
- The Sitecore UI provides tools that are suitable for experienced as well as inexperienced Content Authors
- Add /sitecore to the URL of your authoring website so http://authoring.mydomain.com becomes http://authoring.mydomain.com/sitecore
- Save your content changes frequently to minimize lost data from network or power related issues
- Use the Save button on the ribbon or press <Ctrl-S> to save content in the Content Editor