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Content Types: The Building Blocks of Your Content Model

  1. 1. Content Types<br />The Building Blocks of Your Content Model<br />
  2. 2. Content management integration and consulting<br />Sioux Falls, South Dakota<br />http://blendinteractive.com/<br />
  3. 3. @gadgetopia<br />
  4. 4. 7 Reasons…<br />…why content typing is important<br />4 Evaluation Questions<br />For those of you shopping for a CMS and comparing options.<br />3 Implementation Tips<br />For those of you implementing or managing a CMS-based Web site.<br />
  5. 5. Content Modeling<br />
  6. 6. Definition<br />Content modeling is the process of converting logical content concepts into content types, attributes, and datatypes.<br />
  7. 7. Logical Content<br />This is the desired end result of a content management requirement.<br />It’s often represented as a design comp.<br />
  8. 8. Content Object<br />An XML document<br />A database record<br />
  9. 9. Content on most Web sites can be roughly categorized by type.A type shares a common set of attributes and is meant to represent a single, logical boundary around content.<br />
  10. 10. Content Item A is a page of text.<br />Content Item B is an Executive Profile.<br />Content Item C is a Press Release<br />
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  13. 13. Structuring your content requires you to identify your content types.<br />
  14. 14. Why care about content types?<br />
  15. 15. Reason #1<br />Because different content types need to be STRUCTURED differently.<br />
  16. 16. Content Structure Between Types<br />
  17. 17. Content Structure Between Types<br />
  18. 18. Content types are made up of content attributes.An attribute is a single, logical piece of information that, when combined with other attributes, describes a type of content.<br />
  19. 19. Content attributes have datatypes.<br />A datatype restricts the type of data the attribute may hold. This enables validation and processing<br />
  20. 20. Content Model<br />Content Types<br />Content Attributes (bound by Datatype)<br />
  21. 21. My Web Site<br />Standard Text Page<br />Press Release<br />Executive Profile<br />
  22. 22. My Web Site<br />Executive Profile<br />First Name (simple string)<br />Last Name (simple string)<br />Hire Date (date)<br />Image (file reference)<br />Bio (formatted string)<br />
  23. 23. Reason #2<br />Because different content types have to be EDITED and VALIDATED differently.<br />
  24. 24. Automatic Form Rendering<br />Content edit form in eZ publish<br />
  25. 25. Input Form Validation<br />Canned and custom validation in Ektron.<br />
  26. 26. Reason #3<br />Because different content types have to be DISPLAYED differently.<br />
  27. 27. Display Template Assignment<br />Template assignment by Page Type in EPiServer<br />
  28. 28. Reason #4<br />Because different content types have to be MANAGED differently.<br />
  29. 29. Content types often act as functional boundaries for:<br />Permissions<br />Workflow<br />Navigation<br />Search<br />
  30. 30. URL Pattern Assignments<br />URL pattern assignment based on Content Type in Drupal<br />
  31. 31. Workflow Assignment<br />Automatic workflow initiation in EPiServer.<br />
  32. 32. Reason #5<br />Because different content types need to be SEARCHED and ORGANIZED differently.<br />
  33. 33. Organization by Content Value<br />
  34. 34. Content Type-specific Search<br />Parametric search based a content type in eZ publish<br />
  35. 35. Reason #6<br />Because different content types are markers for integration complexity.<br />
  36. 36. The Ubiquitous “Standard Page”<br />
  37. 37. A new content type often means…<br />A new editing interface<br />New validation rules<br />New permissions rules<br />New workflow requirements<br />New display requirements<br />etc…<br />
  38. 38. Reason #7<br />Problems due to inefficient and inaccurate content modeling will often not surface until the project is complete.<br />By that point, it’s often too late….<br />
  39. 39. Futureproofing<br />Designing your content model so it can be adapted to new situations with a minimum of pain.<br />
  40. 40. Evaluation Question #1<br />Does your CMS allow content modeling or structuring at all?<br />
  41. 41. Evaluation Question #2<br />How flexible are its content modeling capabilities?<br />(Bring your own content, and ask for a demonstration of how it would be modeled.)<br />
  42. 42. Evaluation Question #3<br />What datatypes are available to structure your content?<br />
  43. 43. Evaluation Question #4<br />Can you write your own datatypes or customize existing datatypes?<br />
  44. 44. Implementation Tip #1<br />Think in terms of content types. Consider the ways different content will need to be edited, validated, managed, searched and organized.<br />
  45. 45. Implementation Tip #2<br />Be careful in re-using content types for logically different content.<br />
  46. 46. Implementation Tip #3<br />To futureproof your content, speculate on and list scenarios in which the content might be used now and in the future.<br />
  47. 47. Blend Interactive<br /> http://blendinteractive.com<br />Gadgetopiahttp://gadgetopia.com<br />Twitter<br /> @gadgetopia<br />Email<br />deane@blendinteractive.com<br />

Editor's Notes

  • Taxonomic classification is the process of putting content items into a larger structure. Content modeling is the process of taking content items and breaking them down into smaller structures.
  • Content has to be structured.
  • A content type is defined by its attributes.
  • Now we know what a content type….why do we care?
  • It’s what we break logical content into when we model it.
  • Content types often drive templating.
  • Content types often drive templating.
  • Back to The Story of Bob.
  • Back to The Story of Bob.
  • Mediawiki, for example, allows nothing but a title and a body. Drupal (with no modules) is much the same way.
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