About Liquid Content™ (Structured Content)
Liquid Content™ (Structured Content) Overview
Liquid Content™ is a structured content microservice that manages content items or pieces of content that can be presented in any context, such as a webpage or a native mobile app.
- Content Type. Defines the combination of fields and configuration of a piece of content.
- Visualizer. The visualizer defines how the content item is formatted and styled. Just as a container is used to format and style a module, the visualizer is used to format and style the content item.
- Content Item. The individual pieces of content.
A content item can be of any defined content type. Default content types include Content Block, Department, Job Posting, and People. You can create a content type from scratch or you can customize a default content type by duplicating it and then editing the copy.
An asset can be an image or a document. A reference object points to another content item; reference objects cannot be nested.
Each field can also be formed differently and, therefore, serve a different purpose. Example: The single-line text field could be used to enter plain text, a URL, an email address, or a phone number, and each one would be validated based on the selected format.
Settings can be different among different field types and among different field formats.
A content type is associated with a visualizer, which defines how content items of that type are displayed. Visualizers are to content types, as containers are to modules.
You can define multiple visualizers for a single content type. Example: You could have content items based on the Personcontent type containing employee information. You might want to display the C-suite members in larger font with photos and the rest of the company in smaller font without photos. Therefore, you need two visualizers for the Person content type: one with larger font and photos, another with smaller font and no photos.
Create Structured Content
- Plan your workflows. A workflow moves your content through the creation and approval process, from drafting to editing to publishing.
- Choose what content types you would accept. Create custom content types, if needed.
- Add content items. You can associate a workflow with each content item.
- Choose which visualizers would display your content items. Create custom visualizers, if needed.
- Add your content items with their associated visualizers to your page or your app.