Understanding Content Types

A content type is a structure, or framework, for creating and displaying content on the website. Content types consist of various fields where information is entered when you create or edit the content. Fields can be used to collect and present different types of data, such as text, dates, files, videos, and more. What kind of fields, and how many, a content type contains depends on what kind of content is being created.

The Tyndale website contains many different content types for different purposes. Other than basic fields like Title, each content type contains unique fields to store data relevant to the content type. For example, the Event content type contains date fields to display the start and end dates and times of an event. The Chapel Podcast content type contains an MP3 File field, where the audio file of the podcast is uploaded. The Faculty content type is used for displaying a professor’s bio, and contains fields like Faculty Photo for uploading the person’s picture, and Title fields for displaying their job positions.

As an Editor, you will normally have 3 content types available to you when creating content on the Tyndale website:

  • Basic Page - this is the content type you will use most of the time. A basic page is used to display almost any kind of generic information. You can upload images or files to your page, and embed videos. A basic page may be basic, but it’s very flexible. How to create a basic page

  • Event - a content type for displaying your upcoming event on the website. How to create an event

  • Webform - a webform collects information from site visitors. Example uses of webforms are an RSVP form for an upcoming event, or a contact form where site visitors can send you comments or questions. How to create a webform