Creating content-only page types

Content-only page types are suitable for content on MVC sites. Their only task is to hold pieces of content, such as individual news articles, products, etc. They do not inherently posses a visual representation on the website, but you can still use them to create a hierarchical data structure that supports workflow and versioning. 

Content-only pages:

  • Are not based on page templates.
  • Do not provide configuration options related to the live site presentation (such as navigation and URL properties).
  • Do not have a presentation URL by default. You can specify a URL pattern for the page type to enable the page builder feature and allow content editors to display pages in preview mode.

Creating content-only page types

  1. Open the Page types application.
  2. Click New page type. A New page type wizard opens.

Step 1

  1. Fill in the values:
    • Page type display name – the system displays this name to users in the administration interface
    • Namespace – namespace distinguishes your page types from the default system types that use the cms namespace. For example, you can use your site name as the namespace.
    • Name – page type identifier appended to its namespace
      Creating a content-only page type
  2. Click Next.

Step 2

  1. Enter a Table name for the database table that stores the page type data.

  2. Enter a Primary key name for the table.

  3. (Optional) Select if you want the page to to Inherit fields from page type.

  4. Enable Content-only page type

    Creating a table for the content-only page type

  5. Click Next.

The system creates the database table.

Step 3

  1. Click New field.
  2. Define the custom field using the field editor.
  3. Click Save.
  4. Repeat the steps above to define all custom fields.
  5. Click Next.

You can also define system fields that will be displayed when editing pages of this type on the Form tab. You can do this using the Field type drop-down list when creating a new field. Select Page field and you can then choose from the following two groups of system fields:

  • Page fields – offers system fields of pages.
  • Node fields – offers system fields of content tree nodes.

Page or node system fields will then be offered in the Field name drop-down list. If you leave the Display field in the editing form check box selected, the field will be visible on the page’s Form tab.

Step 4

  1. Choose the field that will be used as the name for pages of this type. Pages of this type will use the value of the field in site navigation and in the Page application’s content tree. Only Required ‘text’ fields are available in the drop-down list.

    Selecting a source field for the page type name

  2. Click Next.

Step 5

Select the page types that will be supported as parents for pages of this type in the Page application’s content tree.

  1. Click Add page types and select a specific page type.
  2. Click OK.
  3. Click Next.

Step 6

Assign the page type to all websites on which you want to use it.

  1. Click Add sites.
  2. Check the appropriate websites in the selection dialog.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Click Next.

Step 7

The wizard has finished the configuration of the new page type. 

Click Finish. You have created a new page type. 

Using MVC builder features with content-only pages

If you have an MVC site and wish to use the page builder or page templates in the Pages application with the given page type, you need to make sure the Page tab is available:

  1. Open the Page types application.
  2. Edit () the corresponding content-only page type you just created.
  3. On the General tab, enable the Use Page tab setting.
  4. Click Save.

Continue with further configuration:

How content in page types is stored

The new page type has its own database table for its specific fields. Each page is stored in three tables: CMS_TREE (tree structure), CMS_Document (page properties, metadata and content defined on the Page tab) and the custom table - for example, CUSTOM_Article.

The system automatically ensures all operations are performed correctly on these tables. The advantage of this storage is that it is very fast and you can easily write standard SQL SELECT queries to retrieve data from the Microsoft SQL Server database.