WiscWeb CMS - Using Existing Content on a Page

It is possible to reuse existing content within WiscWeb CMS. Content can be connected to multiple existing pages, allowing for easier upkeep of frequently referenced content.

Connecting Existing Content to an Existing Page

In WiscWeb CMS - Adding New Content to a Page, we looked at how to create new content on a page. In this document, you will learn how to take content that you have created elsewhere and apply it to existing pages.

  1. In SmartEdit, click the red dot next to Open Page in the upper-right section of the window.

    The page will open for you to make certain edits. Depending on the design of your site (standard template or a customized site), new red dots should appear on your page that indicate an ability to further edit content on your page. 

    In this screenshot, a standard template red dot option would be Manage Side Block or Manage Center Blocks.

    Manage Content Items

  2. Click the red dot to manage the content column that you want to add existing content to. The Edit Link Element dialog box appears.

    Connect Existing Page button and other options

  3. To add existing content to this Container, click the link to Connect Existing Page.

  4. A new window appears that allows you to search for content on the site. Click in the Headline field, and enter text that you want to search for. This is where the importance of the Headline comes into play, as it will allow you to find content blocks much easier. Click Start at the bottom of the page.

    Enter Search Query

  5. Results for your search will appear. Depending on your search criteria, you may come up with several results. Scroll through the list and find the appropriate content item and click on the linked title to have that same content appear on your page.

    example search results

It is important to remember that while connecting an existing content item across several pages is useful to reuse content instead of re-creating it, those content items are not independent of each other. This means that editing and updating content in that block will update across all pages, not just an individual page. It is also important to remember that when you update a content item that is used in multiple pages and publish your site, choose "Publish related pages" to update that content item across all pages it's used on.

Keywords: connecting connect existing content page existing wisc web wiscweb   Doc ID:13144
Owner:Matthew G.Group:WiscWeb CMS
Created:2010-01-19 19:00 CDTUpdated:2014-12-02 12:34 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, WiscWeb CMS
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