NOTE: View the New Admin Experience version of this article.
The Higher Logic CMS allows you to add six types of content to a page (called Content Items).
Content Item Types
1 - HTML Content
These Content Items allow you to add content to a page in two ways: (1) Adding, editing, and formatting content with the WYSIWYG editor, which is similar to Microsoft Word; (2) Inserting and pasting HTML code in the Source Editor, which provides even more creative freedom and flexibility for those proficient in HTML. (To access the Source Editor, click the HTML button at the bottom-right of the WYSIWYG toolbar.)
Primary use: Presenting a mix of content, like text, images, hyperlinks, tables, videos, etc.
2 - Upload a File
Allows you to add a file to a page. (The page's View Permissions setting determines access and visibility for an uploaded file; however, files uploaded this way are saved on a publicly accessible drive, and anyone with a link or URL to the file can access it despite the page's and Content Item's View Permission setting.)
Primary use: Providing documents and other files to a site's Main Button Bar.
3 - Hyperlink / URL
Allows you to add a hyperlink to an internal OR external page. These Content Items are generally used to add a page to a site's Main Button Bar.
Primary use: Adding links to important pages (both internal and external) to a site's Main Button Bar.
4 - Widget
Allows you to add a Widget to a page. Widgets perform core Higher Logic functions and support customization through the use of parameters (each Widget has its own set of parameters). Widget content automatically updates as new content is made available (e.g., if you add the Latest Discussion List widget, it will continuously show the latest Discussion posts automatically). In addition, widgets are "smart" in that they only show content a user has permission to see. These two features, along with the fact that widgets require little maintenance from staff, make them an ideal choice for displaying many types of content across your site.
Primary use: Rendering content related to core Higher Logic Products, like Discussions, Announcements, Libraries, and Blogs.
NOTE: Refer to the Widgets - Vehicles for Dynamic Content page to learn about each of the available widgets.
5 - Syndicated Content
Syndicate (i.e., replicate) the selected page's content on a page.
Primary use: Replicating specific content on one or more pages across a site.
NOTE: Content Items behave differently depending on whether only one or multiple are added to a page. For example, if a page's only Content Item is a Word document, that document will automatically download when that page's link is clicked; on the other hand, if a document AND a hyperlink are added to a page, an actual page will render with links to access the document and hyperlink.
As another example, if a page's only Content Item is a hyperlink to a marketing page, that marketing page will automatically render when that page's link is clicked; if two or more hyperlinks are added to a page, the page will render with links to access each of them.
How to Add Content to a Page
To add a Content Item to a page:
- Select the page you want to add content to, and then click New in the Content area.
NOTE: You can't add content to a Navigation Area, only pages. Also, when working in a nested folder structure, make sure to drill down and select the exact page, as parent folders don't show content for their children (even though folders are nested, content is unique to individual folders).
- Configure the Content Item's settings. (See table below for descriptions of each setting.)
|Visible on page||Use this toggle to control whether the Content Item is visible on the page.|
|Page Layout Sections||
Use this Page Layout grid to place the Content Item in the desired area of the page.
NOTE: The areas available here are determined by the Page Layout applied to the page.
|Name or Title||
The Content Item's title, displayed as a heading on the page.
NOTE: By default, the content title is displayed, but you can uncheck the Show Title? box to hide it.
|CSS Wrapper Class Name||Here, you can insert a valid CSS Class to apply to the Content Item.|
This important setting controls who can view the Content Item:
NOTE: You can also set View Permissions at the page level, so if a Content Item isn't appearing for some users, be sure to check the page's security setting.
|Type of Content||
Select the type of Content Item to add, which control the options you'll use to do so.
For example, if you select Widgets, you'll need to select the desired widget and customize its associated parameters; if you select HTML Content, you'll use the WYSIWYG editor to create the desired content.
- When you're finished, click Save to return to the CMS. Your new content is listed in the Content area, numerically tagged with its placement on the page, illustrated in the Page Layout grid to the right. As more Content Items are added to a page, this grid makes it easy to see where each of them are located.
NOTE: The available layout areas for a given page are determined by its selected Page Layout.
The 'Old' and 'New' CMS Interface
Depending on how long you've been a Higher Logic client, you may not even be aware there is an "old" and "new" CMS interface. If you're a new client, you're likely already using the "new" interface; if you've been a client for a few years or more, you may still be using the "old" interface without realizing you have a choice.
The main reason behind updating the CMS interface is usability (those new to the Higher Logic platform, in particular, struggle learning the "old" interface). Instead of widgets, the "old" interface uses User Controls and MVC Actions, and these Content Items are what are being re-created as widgets in the new interface. While User Controls and MVC Actions basically provide the same functionality as widgets, the interface to configure them is quite difficult to use: For example, you can't just select a User Control from a menu, you have to enter its name, meaning you likely wouldn't know what it is unless you're already knowledgeable about User Controls. In addition, to configure a User Control, you have to select parameters from a static list that simply lists them all, and then you need to understand how to configure each parameter once it's added.
NOTE: Because not all User Controls have been converted into Widgets for use in the new interface, there are still instances where you'll need to use User Controls in the old interface.
How to Switch to the 'New' Interface
When adding or editing content, click the Switch to new version link at the top-right of the page.