December 23, 2015

How to use page-type

Continuing from my last post on Page type Demystified Tridion. in which i explored different options in page type creation. In this post i will explore how to use already created page type. 

Enter into Experience Manager and click on new Page in Ribbon-Bar, you will find a new slide-out option on left with list of all page-types available in system you can find-out page type created in the last blog post.

you can see name and description which were entered while creating the page type. so while creating page type i  did not entered the Example page URL, to show the use of that i have entered my blog URL in that now. it should be actual page which is similar to the page being created.

In the Page Types list, if you single click any of the page type. it will start loading Example page on right side in a iframe, to visually show user what kind of pages can be created with it.

You can either double click or select apply to create page from the desired page type. you will see following screen for entering the page details.

Few things to notice on this screen:
  1. Page location: so if you are on a page \home\discovery\discovery.html. and creating a page from page type, it will copy same location in the Page Location textbox by default, though you can change it 
  2. Configure Folder for Components: This option will only be visible if you have defined custom folder path for your component presentation. Check my previous post where we defined the location.
    You can override previously selected location for all the component presentation here, after clicking on Configure Folder for Components.
keep in mind publication will be chosen from the blueprint context defined for this publication (where you are creating this page)

so when we defined page type, we selected folder locations for all components. at that time interface shows folder of that publication only where page type was being created.

But now when component are created , publication is chosen from blueprint context, but folder path(sans publication) is same which you selected while creating page type.

now if that folder does not exist in that context publication(that might be local folder). page creation fails. so you have to little careful here that folder location exists.

After you click on the "Create Page" it may take some time depending upon the no of components on your page. After all the components get created, Xpm will show the page with Sample data which can be changed by editor happily as per need.

Again mentioning only first level of components will be created any component link in sample component will be used as-its. 


Alvin Reyes said...

I'm not sure you're actually able to select a Structure Group that doesn't exist for the Page Publication context. Also, the page location is also based on where the page for the Page Type is localized. Some implementations will localize pages or Components (for Content Types) to control items are created in the BluePrint.

Raj said...

Yes little change actually, this was for folders. so when you select folders for your components while defining the page type it shows folder of publication where you are creating page type.

so if that folder is local to that publication only. it will be a problem while creating page.
because while creating page component publication is the one which was defined in bluprintcontext