Step 2 - Create your content model¶
How your content is structured is a very important part of an eZ Platform project. Think of it as the database design of your application. We recommend that you read the Under the hood, concepts and organization documentation page, but you can also read the paragraph below for a short, straight-to-the-point introduction.
Content Model Overview¶
The eZ Platform content repository is centered around Content items, pieces of content: an article, a product review, a place...
Every Content item is built based on blueprints, called Content Types. They are named entities that define what information makes up a particular type of content: article, product review, place. An article could include a title, a main image, an abstract, the article's body, a publication date, and a list of authors. Those named entities are called Field Definitions, as they define what Fields a Content item is made of. A Field Definition sets the main information of a field: name, identifier, and type. Any Content Type can also be a container, meaning that it can act as a "directory", and contain other Content items.
The available Types for Field Definitions can be any of the installed Field Types, about 30 in the default distribution. Each is built to represent a specific type of content field: a text, a block of rich text, an image, a collection of relations to Content items, etc. You can find a complete list in the Field Types reference section. Every Field Type may have its own options, and comes with its own editing and viewing interfaces.
According to what you want to store, and what you want to do with it, you will create a set of Content Types and populate the Content Tree with them.
Create your Content Types¶
The site will use two Content Types: Ride and Point of interest
Go to the admin interface (
<yourdomain>/admin), and authenticate with the default username:
admin and the default password:
Click on Admin in the Navigation hub, and choose Content types in the sub menu:
You will see a list of Content Type Groups. They are used to group content types in a logical way.
Click on Content and then click the plus icon.
We will create the Ride Content Type first:
Create the Ride Content Type¶
A bike ride, with a description and some extra info, like who took this ride for the first time, or points of interest it goes through.
Fill the form with this basic info:
- Name: Ride
- Identifier: ride
- Content name pattern: <name>
Then create all fields with the following information:
|Difficulty level||level||Selection||yes||yes||no||Add a couple of Levels, such as "beginner, intermediate, advanced"|
|Starting point||starting_point||Map location||yes||yes||no|
|Ending point||ending_point||Map location||yes||yes||no|
Populate your Content tree¶
Go back to the Content structure page, then browse the Content tree and create a Folder named All Rides using the Create button in the Action bar on the right of the screen. Publish the Folder you have created.
In the folder, create a couple of Rides, using the Create button, being on the Content "All Rides" so the new Content will be created as a child directly. Don't worry, if you created the Content elsewhere, you can move it later. Publish every Ride you have created.
Ready for Step 3¶
You now have 2 Rides (or more) in a Folder and are ready to customize the Homepage of your Go Bike website!