Improvements to How you Initialize Content

We are committed to simplifying our concepts to make it easier than ever to get started using Agility CMS. As part of this initiative, we are making some changes as to how you initialize content based off your Content Models.

Learn about the changes:


Did you Know?

Content Models are the schemas for you content. You define a Content Model, and then initialize content based off of that model. You can re-use the same Content Models as often as you wish. Changing the Content Model (i.e. adding a field) will then propagate that change to all content based on the Content Model.

Choose How you want to Use your Content Model

Previously, when defining a Content Model, you would specify at that time whether that Content Model should be used to represent a list of content items or a single content item. This meant you had to know ahead of time how your Content Model would be used. This is also meant that content editors were restricted by how they could add content. 

To improve this experience for everyone, you no longer need to specify whether a Content Model will be used for a list or an item. Instead, editors choose at the time of initializing content whether they want to use the Content Model for a list or an item.

  • More Flexible Content Models - they can be used for a list or an item
  • More Control over Content - users choose how they want to use a Content Model when creating content

Any Content List can be used for Dynamic Pages 

Previously, when initializing a content list from your Content Model you would have the option of specifying whether a list could be used to generated Dynamic Pages (this was referred to as Dynamic Page List). 

This required users to understand the difference between regular Content List and Dynamic Page List. In actuality, a Dynamic Page List is the same as any other content, except for the fact it has built-in SEO fields and can optionally be used to generate Dynamic Pages (if a dynamic page is set up in your sitemap).

In efforts to simplify this, now all content is created with SEO fields and has the ability to generate dynamic pages by default.

  • Content is Simpler - the concept of a Dynamic Page is now only relevant when dealing with page management and if you want to generate pages automatically based off a content list
  • More Flexible - any content can be used to generate pages

Removal of Default Shared Content and Dynamic Page Lists Folders

Previously, content that was not specifically stored in a folder would be stored under the system default folders labelled Shared Content and Dynamic Page Lists. Since we no longer differentiate the two (they are both content), we've removed these folders.

For all existing customers, these system default folders have been converted to user controlled folders. This means your content is still organized the same way as before, but you now fully control the Shared Content and Dynamic Page Lists folders. You can rename them or delete them altogether. 

  • Simpler view of Content - content no longer needs to be separated by Shared Content/Dynamic Page Lists
  • More control over Organizing your Content - you have full control over all of the folders 


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