I. SDL Tridion Basics
Grasping how SDL Tridion organizes websites along with their pages and content will make for a smoother transition into actual site building. This section is not intended to teach you how to build or edit sites just yet, but rather provide an overview of how Tridion looks in your browser.
What You Will Learn
- How SDL Tridion will look on your screen after signing in
- How your website will look and be organized in SDL Tridion
- The difference between the Building Blocks folder and the Root folder
- Where components are built and where pages are built
- Development Pane
After signing in, you will see a list called Publications in the left column and an empty area in the center. For the most part, each publication represents one website. The Publications column or pane shows all the Publications to which you have access. (Figure 1)
Parent & Child Publications
Generally, each blue globe represents a publication or website, but there is one IMPORTANT exception: (Figure 2)
When a department has multiple subsections or organizations affiliated with it, a "parent publication" is used to house the content for all of the websites in that organization. For example, IntMed (1) is the parent publication of Internal Medicine. IntMed (1) is where all of the components for the Internal Medicine websites are built (inside of the yellow Building Blocks folder). There are no pages in the pink Root folder of IntMed (1) since parent publications do not represent websites.
Below IntMed (1) is IntMed (2) - Main Site, the "child publication" which contains Internal Medicine's home site. Following IntMed (2) - Main Site is a list of all of the sub-departments within Internal Medicine, such as Cardiology and Geriatrics. Pages for these sub-departments, or child publications, are built in the pink Root folder of each respective publication. This will be explained in further detail later on.