The Content Store project is well underway, again, and we're moving ahead in conjunction with the Twin Cities homepage redesign. We've faced several interesting challenges along the way and, as a result of both those challenges and the homepage redesign, we've made some changes to the content types. With the homepage scheduled to launch at the end of May, the Content Store is expected to be complete before that time.
The content types now include:
- Link list
- The easiest way to think of a link list is as a set of related links that can be used in multiple other content items and updated in a single location. Optional fields for added descriptions and other data provide additional flexibility.
- Wrapper around images from UMContent, with a default player to be provided.
- Graphic spotlight
- The spotlight content type was split into graphic and text spotlights. The new graphic spotlight type allows for a three-column (220px wide) image, and includes a suggested height. A link out, with a link title and alternative text for the image, are used to link "followers" of the image to another page or site.
- Text spotlight
- The text spotlight type allows for a title, descriptive text (a long teaser), a link out, a link type (i.e. "Read more," "Watch video," etc.). An optional image is also allowed, 60px wide and 60px to 96px tall.
- Graphic bugs
- We've often seen or heard of the problems some site owners have filling in the right column of their 960px wide designs; you don't want the center column to be too wide or readability of text will be impacted negatively. Possible solution: two-column (140px) graphic bugs, to be used in two- or three-column spaces. An image, alt text, a link out, and a link title are all that's needed, and using the existing classification system/taxonomy attached to the content store allows dynamic selection of graphic bugs.
- Graphic banners
- Graphic banners are the five-column (380px) version graphic bugs. This type may not be included in initial rollout, but can be easily added if there is demand.
- A wrapper for video derivatives from Media Mill, along with closed captions and default images. This is expected to be extended once the U's new video solution is launched.
- A wrapper for audio derivatives from Media Mill. If the U's new video system also support audio, expect extensions.
- Primary content
- The generic catchall content type. As shared standards are developed over time, we hope to fork different content types from this one (i.e. news releases as a standalone type).
If you're interested in the Content Store project and want to learn more, write us.