Using Components

A component is an instance of predefined content. Sites usually have several component types; often these component types are specific to the site design. In general, a component is a piece of content that is:

  1. Always viewed in the context of another page.
  2. Used in multiple places across the site.

You can add a component to a page by dragging and dropping the component from the site tree into a component element on a page. Alternately, you can pick a component from the Select a Component dialog. In CMS 9.0, you can also create components in the context of an individual page

The Select a Component dialog provides several options for finding components.



Component Type Filter

Located in the upper left, this drop-down list displays all component types. Selecting a single type restricts the component list to only those of the selected component type.

Component Name Filter

Located in the upper right, this text box restricts the component list to only those whose names contain the typed text.

Component List

Located in the middle of the page, this list shows potential components. If you type a letter while the list is selected, the list will jump to components whose names begin with the typed letter.

The preview area in the lower half of the Select a Component dialog displays the selected component's content. This makes it easier to verify that the component selected is the one you want.

To use a component on a page:

  1. Locate a component element in the edit form.
  2. Click Pick. The Select a Component dialog box appears.
  3. Filter for the desired component, if necessary.
  4. Preview the values for the selected component.
  5. Click Select.

If a component element is no longer needed on a page, you can use the Clear button to remove any component data from the element.

A Note on Image Components

The user interface for the Image Component schema includes the Image Editor within the edit form. Image properties appear in a right side bar. Clicking the image or the Browse button will bring up the Image Selection dialog. 

A thumbnail-size image can be created directly from the UI. Default dimensions are 100 x 75 pixels, but this can be changed. This dialog creates an asset in the Images directory.