II. Components

What You Will Learn

1) The relationship between components and pages

2) Why you need components to build a page

For specific instructions on how to create components and insert them onto pages, visit the Components & Templatessection. 

Components are individual pieces of content that are used to add content to a page. There are two categories of components - standard and multimedia. Depending on the Schema that you select for your component, different fields will populate and dictate what kind of information the component contains. 

Instructions for how to create specific components within these two main types can be found in the Components and Templates section.

Standard Components

Standard components generally present you with a set series of text fields and options to be filled out with information to display on your site. To create a standard component:
  1. Open the Building Blocks folder of your publication, and navigate to an appropriate folder to create the new component.
    • Usually, this will be a folder with the same name as the section of the site you are adding it to.
  2. In the Create tab, click the top portion of the New Component button. 
  3. A new tab in your browser will automatically appear. Only two fields will appear: Nameand Schema. 
    • Name: Enter an appropriate name for your component, such as "Home Page Landing" or "About Us Intro" to help identify what the component is for when you build your page.  This name will not appear anywhere on your website, so it should be as specific as possible.
    • Schema: Depending on the schema you select from the drop down menu, fields for information specific to that schema's use will appear. The Content schema is the most widely used schema since it is a text component which you can also add images to.  Instructions for specific schemas and their uses can be found in the Components and Templates section.
  4. Fill out the fields of the component.
  5. When you're done editing, in the Home tab click Save & Close.

Multimedia Components

In Tridion, multimedia components refer to image and document files.  Multimedia components are in a different category than standard components because they are used to upload a file to Tridion, rather than just fill out information fields. To create a multimedia component:
  1. Find an appropriate folder in Building Blocks to create the component.  Most publications contain "Image" and "Document" folders which hold all of the images or documents for the site in one place.
  2. Click the bottom portion of the New Component button.
  3. Select New Multimedia Componentfrom the drop down menu.
  4. A new tab in your browser will automatically appear. Only two fields will appear: Nameand Schema.
    • Name: Enter an appropriate name for your document or image, such as "Faculty Guidelines 2012-2013" or "Surgeon OR Photo" to help identify what the component is for.  This name will not appear anywhere on your website, so it should be as specific as possible. 
    • Schema: Unlike a standard component, which will change the types of fields that are available, the schema for multimedia components just determines the type of file you're uploading.  Select Image or Document.
  5. You will see two dropdown menus: Multimedia type and Resource type.  You can ignore these fields, Tridion will automatically detect what kind of image or document you're uploading.
  6. Click Load from Disk...
  7. In the window that opens, find the image or document you'd like to upload.
  8. Click Open
  9. Click Save & Close