Adding content to slots
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 add content click the "+" icon labelled "Add".
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.
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.
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.
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".
"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.
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".
For more information about editing content in slots see editing content in a slot