A general overview of how to add basic content types to your College or Department Plone website. In technical terms, content means text (pages or folders), images, files (pdfs, spreadsheets) and links.

The information found on this How-to is for College and Department websites. Extension uses different content types (see Extension specific How-to's).

*Note: 4-H, Master Gardener, Better Kid Care, and Master Watershed Steward programs currently follow College How to's and not Extension.

Content types

In Plone, you can use a number of Content Types to post certain kinds of information. For example, to create an event, you must use the Event content type that is located within "Upcoming Events" on your website. Below is a list of the available content types and what each is used for:

  • Collection - this special type displays items (people, pages, files) based on a set of criteria. For example, a collection can show "all people in the department directory that are tagged with Faculty and Wildlife - the output would be all faculty working in Wildlife. Collections are set up and managed by Web administrators.
  • File - Common examples are PDFs, Word Documents, and spreadsheets.
  • Folder - this content type allows you to add other content types within it. Consider it the "cover" of a book - it houses content types within it. Folders are the basic way to control organization of your content. (For Example, you can use a folder to house items of a specific topic within your website - "Research" or "Alumni" or "Available Scholarships")
  • Image - content type used for uploading image files (JPG or PNG preferred) to be used on pages. We add images to an "images" folder so they are all in one place.
  • Link - also called "Link object". This content type is used to link to an external website. A link object is a stand-alone item generally found within folders.
  • Page - is the most common content type. We use pages to write the bulk of the content. Pages require title, summary, lead image and body text.
  • News item - this content type will only be found within your News folder (and the appropriate Year folder). This content type is used for posting timely information (news). The latest news will show up on your homepage, and include the title, lead image, and description/summary. The other information needed is the text (which goes in the body text box) or use the Article URL box at the bottom of the new page to link to an outside source.
  • Event - this content type will only be found within your "Upcoming Events" folder and is just for posting an upcoming event. To add a single event, the following information is needed: title, description, start and end time/date, zip code, county and location. Additional information would include contact information (name, email phone number), lead image and more descriptive text (body text box).
  • Photo folder - this special content type displays a group of images in a film strip layout. Examples of a photo folder include an event summary or step-by-step photographic procedures on how to do something.

Adding content

New content items are added via the drop down menu that appears when you click the "Add new..." tab in the top green bar.

Plone content types

Adding content in Plone is done placefully. This means you must navigate to the section of your Plone website that you wish the new content to reside before you use the **Add New . . .* drop-down menu.

Add a folder

In the top green bar, click on "Add new..." and then select folder from the drop down menu. "Add Folder" window will pop up (see image below). Add title, description (1 sentence) and optional lead image and body text.

Add a folder

Add a page

In the top green bar, click on "Add new..." and then select Page from the drop down menu. "Add Page" window will pop up (see image below). Add Title, Summary, lead image (optional caption), and body text.

Add a Page

Add a file

In the top green bar, click on "Add new..." and then select File from the drop down menu. "Add File" window will pop up (see image below). Add Title, Description and then scroll down to "File" and click the browse button. Find the file on your computer and select it by clicking "Open," which will upload it.

Add a file

Add a link

within page and as a link object. In the top green bar, click on "Add new..." and then select Link from the drop down menu. "Add Link" window will pop up (see image below). Add Title, Description, and add the URL into the box called "URL"

Add a Link

Add an event (or Workshop)

See How to for College and Departments Events

See How to for Extension Workshops

Add a news item

See How to for College and Departments News

See How to for Extension News

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