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Website Interface Overview

The eZ Publish Website Interface is an extension to eZ Publish that makes it simple for users to create and maintain website content. The Website Interface integrates into the front-end of the website, making content management intuitive and easy to learn. Most website management tasks can be performed through the Website Interface.

The Website Interface performs the most basic of content management tasks. It has a simpler graphical user interface (GUI) than the Administration Interface. One reason for this is that the Website Interface is embedded in the front-end of the site. As a result, you can navigate the site through familiar menus and links to locate content. A second reason that the Website Interface is much simpler than the Administration Interface is the Website Toolbar. This provides easy access to content editing operations related to the content that is being viewed.

The visual difference from the public site access is the presence of the Website Toolbar. The toolbar is used to access and initiate content management and editing tasks.


Publishing content involves creating objects of different content classes. To display the available content classes, click the drop-down list on the Website Toolbar.


To create the navigation (the Folder class) or add new content to a page, browse to that particular page and select the desired content class from the drop down menu and click the Create here button.


To edit content, first browse to the page that you want to change. In other words, make sure you are viewing the page that has the content you wish to modify. Click the Edit button to bring up the Content Editing Interface.


This is where you enter and modify information. Some attributes are required, meaning that you must provide content there in order to store (and publish) the object. These input fields are marked, and you will also get a warning about missing information if you attempt to store the object without valid input.


The Content Editing Interface uses a specialized application resource called the Online Editor (OE). When editing content, you can use the Online Editor to apply formatting characteristics to text. You can perform actions such as creating links and inserting tables and lists. All of these tasks and other various editing functions are done through the OE Toolbar. Hover your mouse over the buttons in the OE Toolbar to display tooltips describing each button's function. When a particular button is disabled, this means that the button's function is not applicable in the current context.


When finished editing, choose either to publish your content (click the Send for publishing button) or to store the updated version as a draft without publishing it (click the Store draft or Store and exit button).



Or, you can click on the Discard Draft if you do not want to save the changes to your draft.