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

  1. How SDL Tridion will look on your screen after signing in
  2. How your website will look and be organized in SDL Tridion
  3. The difference between the Building Blocks folder and the Root folder
  4. Where components are built and where pages are built
alt text
Figure 1: All of the publications, or websites, to which you have access are listed to the left.

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)

Parent Publications

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.

Child Publications

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.

alt text
Figure 2: Notice that all of the different publications with the prefix "IntMed." IntMed (1) is the parent publication that only contains content in its Building Blocks folder. IntMed (2) is the main site for Internal Medicine, but is a child publication. All other sites with "IntMed" in the name are also child publications. The child publications borrow components from the parent publication.