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Content type elements reference

When you're creating content types for your content, you can make use of a variety of different elements to properly define your content structure. These include both content elements and supporting elements.

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    Content elements

    Compose a content type from the following content elements:

    • Text elements are suitable for shorter pieces of plain text. This content element has a hard limit of 100,000 characters and displays the number of characters it already contains. You can set a custom limit to a specific number of words or characters.
    • Rich text elements are suitable for longer pieces of formatted text. Formatting is limited to headings, paragraphs, lists, tables, strong text, text with emphasis and links. This content element has a hard limit of 100,000 characters and displays the number of characters it already contains. You can set a custom limit to a specific number of words or characters. Take a look at Rich text element shortcuts if you plan to use them.
    • Multiple choice elements allow you to create a list of predefined options and choose how many options can be selected at a time. For each element, you choose whether the options function as Radio buttons, which allow selecting a single option only, or as Checkboxes, which allow to select one or more options. The content element can contain up to 250 predefined options and you can edit the codename of each option.
    • Number elements allow you to fill in decimal numbers.
    • Date & time content elements allow you to select a specific date and time. Time in this element is displayed and interpreted as UTCOpens in a new window.
    • Asset elements are a placeholder for files – see how to work with media. You can limit the maximum file size and number of assets that a contributor can put in an Asset element.
    • Linked items elements help you link content together. You can limit content types and the number of items that a contributor can assign.
    • Custom elements allow you to integrate your own content editing features to the Kentico Kontent UI. This element has a hard limit of 100,000 characters. Implementation of these elements depends completely on the use-case scenario and needs to be done on your end.

    Each content element consists of the following fields:

    • Label is a display name of your content element. Authors can see it when creating or modifying an item. Labels have a limit of 50 characters.
    A screenshot highlighting an element name.
    • Guidelines provide instructions for the contributor throughout the production process. If you define them as a part of a content type, they will be displayed to contributors with each content item they fill in. Guidelines have a limit of 10,000 characters.
    A screenshot of guidelines on an element.

    Supporting elements

    Add supporting elements to your content type to further enhance the authoring experience:

    Content groups elements add organization to your content types by grouping related elements. Each content group appears as a separate tab in your content items. Learn more in Organizing elements with content groups.

    Taxonomy elements allow you to associate a taxonomy group with a given content type. To make Taxonomy elements work, you need to create a Taxonomy group first.

    Guidelines elements give you a place to include formatted content guidelines (e.g., content brief) for the whole content type. Guidelines have a limit of 10,000 characters. 

    URL slug elements specify SEO-friendly text that you can use in the preview URL of your content items. The element’s value is automatically generated based on the Text element you choose. This Text element can be in a Content type snippet. You can manually change the value for each content item. The URL slug element can be used only once in a content type.

    • URL slug example scenario: A content contributor creates a content item containing a URL slug and a dependent Text element with the value "Coffee beverages explained". The value of the content item’s URL slug element becomes "coffee-beverages-explained". An SEO expert might then change the value to "our-coffee-beverages-explained", which will be the custom value that your developer uses to construct a web page URL on your website. Learn more in Configuring preview of content items.

    Content type snippet elements provide space for your content type snippets, which are collections of content elements. You define a content type snippet separately and then you can add it to multiple content types. The same collection of content elements will then be added to each content type. Each content type snippet can only be used once in a given content type.

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