Adding content to slots

On this page we'll explain the two ways of choosing content to add to a slot in an edition:

  • Choosing content from the Content Library to add to any slot in any edition directly from the content browser

  • Choosing a snapshot of a particular version of a content item that has been tagged to an edition

If you want to add content directly to an edition, without adding it to a slot, see the adding content to an edition page.

To show how to add content to slots contained in an edition, we'll use the example of a winter collection launch event and add content to its "Winter collection launch promo" edition.

Content for the winter collection
Content for the winter collection

Adding content to a slot

The edition details window for the "Winter collection launch promo" is shown below. In the slot tab there are two slots: "Home page feature slot", that represents a banner at the top of the home page, and "Home page carousel slot" that will contain promotional content shown on the page.

To choose a slot to add content to, either click within the slot title or choose "Open/Close Slot" from the slot's contextual menu.

Opening a slot to add content
Opening a slot to add content

The slot is now opened. Any content already in the slot will be displayed. When a slot is created it will be initially empty.

To add content click the "+" icon labelled "Add".

The add icon will open the content browser
The add icon will open the content browser

The content browser is now displayed, allowing you to choose content from the Content Library to add to this slot. Only content items of the types that can be added to the slot will be displayed. The feature slot has been configured to accept a banner, so only items of this type will be displayed. You can also filter the content by modification date and publish status and select content in a particular folder.

Browsing content from the Content Library
Browsing content from the Content Library

To add an item to the slot, select it and click the "+" icon. You can visualize a content item by selecting it and choosing the eye icon. A preview of the content will be shown on the window on the right hand side. In this example we'll choose to add the Winter sale banner to the slot.

Visualizing content before adding it to a slot
Visualizing content before adding it to a slot

When the content has been added, you'll be returned to the editions detail window. The Winter collection image has been added to the slot. If a slot supports multiple items then you can click the "+" icon again to add more items, up to the maximum that the slot supports.

The winter sale banner has been added to the slot
The winter sale banner has been added to the slot

Snapshots

When you add content to a slot what you are actually adding is a "snapshot" of this content. A snapshot is a representation of a content item exactly as it appears at the point when it was added to a slot using the content browser, or when it was saved to an edition in the production view. By creating snapshots, Dynamic Content allows planners to be certain that the content, including any linked items, they preview and schedule is exactly the version of the content that will appear when the edition goes live.

If the content item is subsequently updated and the planner wants to use the latest version, they will need to add the updated content item to any slots in which it is used.

If you want to ensure that a specific version of a content item is available to add to a slot you can save this content to an edition. This will create a snapshot of the content item at the point it was saved and make it available via the snapshot tab of the content browser. There may be multiple snapshots of the same content item available to the planner and they can choose which version to add to a slot. This is explained in more detail in the next section.

Tagging a content snapshot to an edition

To create a snapshot of a content item you can tag it to an edition. Open the item you wish to save in the content form in the content production view. In this example we want to create a snapshot of the updated version of the "winter sale now on" banner and make it available to add to the "January sale edition".

From the Save menu choose "Tag snapshot to Edition".

"Tag snapshot to edition" is useful if you want to make a specific version of a content item available to add to slots and editions. It makes it easy to work with multiple versions of the same content.

Choose "Tag snapshot to an edition" to start creating a snapshot.

Save snapshot to edition has been renamed to Tag snapshot to edition.
Save snapshot to edition has been renamed to Tag snapshot to edition.

Select the event and edition to tag this content with. In the example below, the content is tagged to the "January sale edition".

Choose the edition to use to tag the snapshot.
Choose the edition to use to tag the snapshot.

Navigate to the edition in the scheduling view, choose the slot that you want to add the content to and click the plus icon.

Choose the slot to add content to.
Choose the slot to add content to.

Click the "Snapshots" tab to see the snapshots available to add to this slot.

The snapshot of the "Winter sale banner" is tagged to the "January sale edition" (1 in the image below), making it easy to find the right snapshot to add to a slot or directly to an edition. This snapshot represents the specific version of the "Winter sale banner" that we saved. If we made a change to the banner, then we could choose "Tag snapshot to edition" again to tag the newer version of the content.

Only snapshots created using the "Tag snapshot to edition" menu item will be displayed in the snapshot view and the snapshots saved to the current edition, the "January sale edition", are selected by default. To choose from snapshots saved to other editions, uncheck the "January sale edition".

To add a snapshot to a slot, just select it and click the "Add" button.

The snapshot is tagged with the edition in the snapshot browser.
The snapshot is tagged with the edition in the snapshot browser.

The snapshot is now added to the slot.

The snapshot is added to the slot.
The snapshot is added to the slot.

Snapshots can be added to multiple editions, tagging content to an edition is just a convenience to make the snapshot easier to find.

For more information about editing content in slots see editing content in a slot

Adding slots to editions

Scheduling editions

Editing content in a slot