Reusing existing content or creating relationships between content items sounds great and efficient, right? But let’s take it from the ground up. Imagine you need to embed content like a tweet or a Youtube video. You want to use it in one place only, not reuse it. Sure, no problem! That’s what components are for.Discover the single-use structured content before we dive deeper.
Create single-use content
The easiest way to add structure to your content is to use your first superpower: components. Components are really flexible. You can embed them into any rich text element if components are allowed there.Single-use content is sometimes also referred to as one-off, channel-specific, or non-reusable. You’ll find components useful for embedding images, tweets, videos, quotes, code samples, and much more.In essence, components are just like any other content item with a set of elements and content groups. The only difference is that they are for single-use embedded content, so they don’t appear in your content inventory. This also means that you can’t reuse them in other content items.
Add components into rich text
You can insert content components into rich text elements by clicking and then . You can even insert components in other components and go up to 6 levels deep.Let’s now jump in and look at how to work with components in the video below.
To sum up, components are the go-to superpower for adding structure to content and preparing content for reuse. Your project should have at least some content type for components so you can pre-structure exciting content, like tweets, for later use. If you can't find any such content types in your project, talk to your manager about the benefits of structured content in components today!
You can also use components to create other types of content, such as carousels, call-to-action buttons, callouts, or embedded content like a LinkedIn profile badge.For any of these scenarios, both single-use content (components) and reusable content (content items) work just fine. The decision on which to use depends on whether you need to use your content in multiple places or just one.
Reuse content with linked items
Reusing content with linked items is the next superpower you’re going to learn.Using linked items will speed up your content creation process and add semantic connections between your content items. These relationships may power various “You might also be interested in this article“ sections or similar on your website or in your app.
From single-use to re-useIf you later find another use for the content in your component, you can always convert it to a content item by clicking .This conversion cannot be undone. If done by accident, archive the new item and create your component again.
Your experience when using components or linked items might be different depending on your set of permissions and your role in the project. If you think you need your permissions changed, contact your project manager.
Try it yourself!To get the full experience, go to your own project in the Kontent.ai platform and try using components yourself. This way, you’ll not only get familiar with the process but also learn what kind of components are available in your project. When trying this out, be sure to use a safe environment where changing content wouldn’t be an issue.