Choosing the right content type

We have already mentioned different content types which exist on the Website. Choosing the right content type for your post is very important. It is impossible to change the content type of the information which is entered. Therefore, give some thought to choosing the right content type. Brief descriptions of various content types are provided on the Create Content page, so read these carefully.

The type of content that you choose will influence the following:

  • the information you will be able to provide, in a structured form, about your post; for example, Events have dates, venues, etc. whereas; Projects have budgets and funding bodies; this information, in turn, will enable the user to see your content in relevant contexts;
  • the way your content is displayed on different pages (e.g. Profiles will be displayed in a Faculty or Staff directory);
  • who will be able to edit your content (e.g. staff members and PhD students can edit their own Profiles but not those of others);
  • the Internet address (URL) of your content (e.g. Profiles have URLs of the format /profiles/staff/firstname_lastname).

You can skip it in the first reading but please refer to it if you have slightest uncertainty about the nature of any of the Content Types you are woking with.

Perhaps, the best way to familiarize oneself with different content types is to see their examples below (for each common CT we provide a link to an individual entry and to a summary view):

 

  • An Academic Program and the Program Directory
  • A Blog Entry and the list of Blog entries;
  • A Course and the Course Directory;
  • An Event and the Calendar of Events;
  • A News item and the News roll;
  • An Official Document and the Document Respository;
  • A Page;
  • A Profile and the Staff and Faculty Directory;
  • A Project and the Project Directory;
  • A Publication and the Publication Database;
  • A Thesis and a Theses Repository

 

We recommend that if it is the first time you are working with this Website you should start with adding or editing your own Profile. This is because correctly entered Profiles of faculty and staff (and, eventually, PhD students) is the backbone of the Website on which many other content types depend.