Short introduction to Enonic Content StudioMorten Eriksen on
Become a more efficient web editor by learning the basics of the content management system in Enonic XP.
Enonic XP is a platform for building digital experiences—ranging from traditional websites to applications and APIs. The Enonic platform includes an optional application called “Content Studio”—which essentially is our CMS.
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Either if you are new to Enonic or have some web editor experience on the platform, here is a short introduction to Content Studio and its most important features:
Content Navigator: Quick basics
Enonic’s Content Studio should be familiar to most people who have had some experience with operating systems the last 20 years. It consists of two levels: Content Navigator and Content Editor—or Browse View and Edit View.
In the Content Navigator you will be met by two panels—a content tree navigation to the left and a preview to the right. The content tree can represent the structure of your actual website, but you can organise the content in any way you like independent of your front-end. As expected, you can create, edit, delete, duplicate, move, sort, and preview any piece of content—whether it is a case study, landing page, blog post, profile page, redirect, folder, etc.
Furthermore, the Content Navigator features a super-fast search function in the top left corner. Search for any term you like, and filter the search by content types and time range with instant results.
Also consult our Content Studio documentation »
Content Editor: Quick basics
The Content Editor features a Content Form to the left and a Page Editor to the right. Depending on the content type, the forms may be used to fill in texts and images, which in turn are previewed in the Page Editor panel.
Some content types, like landing pages, allow you to edit directly in the Page Editor. Here you work with components like images, layouts, texts, parts (advanced components), and fragments (reusable components). If you get lost in long and complex landing pages, the Components View in the upper right can show you the structure of the page.
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Access widgets through the Context Panel
Both the Content Navigator and the Content Editor feature a Context Panel to the far right—represented by a gear icon. The Context Panel contains a number of widgets that work with the content—like version history, emulator, dependencies, and components.
The Context Panel may also include extensions like Google Analytics, Siteimprove, SEO Meta Fields, and VW Optimizer. This is an easy way to gain instant insight into a content’s performance or search engine optimisation.
Other key features
The Content Studio is of course fully responsive, making smart use of Enonic’s panel system. For instance, on a large screen you can see the Content Form panel, the Page Editor panel, and the Context Panel at the same time.
On smaller screens you may only have room for one panel at a time, and then you can easily switch between panels after need. Also, Content Studio consists of big buttons and sliders—which come in handy when editing on a touchscreen.
Doing everything from a keyboard can speed up content management considerably. If you master the keyboard shortcuts in Content Studio, you no longer have to switch between keyboard and mouse operations. This enables you to focus on the things that really matter: creation and management of your content.
Whether you need someone to proofread your text, find a missing image, or report a bug, you can create an issue from the top panel and assign it to your relevant colleague. Close and reopen issues, and receive instant email notifications when there are updates.
User roles and permissions
In Enonic XP you decide what user roles there will be on your site and what their respective permissions are. An administrator will e.g. have full access, an editor can publish, a writer can write, but not publish, and so on. It’s all up to you.
Creating engaging content should be augmented, not hindered by your CMS. With this philosophy in mind, we built the Content Studio in Enonic XP to be easy to understand and an efficient tool to create and maintain your content.
Frequently asked questions
What is content management?
A group of processes and technologies supporting the collection, management, and publishing of information in any medium.
Why is content management important?
Keeping information organised is a fundamental part of the nature of the human mind, and continuing this practice in the realm of digital is a rational extension.
What are the best practices of content management?
Examples of content management systems
WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Wix, Adobe Experience Manager, Kentico, Enonic XP, Episerver, Weebly, Sitecore, eZ Publishing.