Modular content is the mental power unit behind content reuse. Learn what it is and get a sneak peek into the decision process behind it and some tips on what to be careful about.
Modular content makes your life easier in many aspects, and they all come down to reusing existing content. Creating modular content means creating small building blocks of content which you can then use to build larger pieces of content. Similarly, you can reuse parts of the larger pieces of content in various places, such as product overviews, product details, and so on.
Modular content in action
See real examples to find out how to design modular content and how it concerns collaboration. You’ll also get a tip on why it is so important to focus on business problems instead of getting bogged down by technicalities.
How do you create modular content in Kontent.ai?
Let’s take a look at how you can create the information structure from the video in Kontent.ai.With the example of product listing and product details page, it's all about determining how you'll reuse the information you have on your products. Using the example of an e-shop with keyboards from the video, let's focus on the product information, such as product name, illustration, or specification.
Find out how to reuse your content
In the product listing, you'll use only product briefs with product name, illustration, and price. The listing provides only basic information, so you won't include detailed product description, for instance.On the other hand, the product details page needs to display all information about the product. That means you'll reuse the product brief from the listing page, and add detailed product description, specification, and free shipping info.Let's see what the content model of such an e-shop may look like. As you may have guessed, the pieces of content are tied together by relationships. Product briefs use product names, illustrations, and prices, the product listing uses the product briefs, and so on. Use the graphic below to explore the relations within such a content model.
When you break down the information structure you have, your content model arrangement starts to emerge. You'll see that each view and each larger piece of information need their own content type.
Exercise: Model the content
As a quick exercise, create the content model we've discussed above. Pick the elements on the left and move them to an appropriate content type slot on the right.
How to think about modular content
Linked items element for unlimited number of Product brief content items.
Rich text element for detailed product specification
Rich text element for detailed product description
Linked items element for exactly one Product brief content item
Number element for product price
Asset element for a product illustration
Text element for a product name
It’s nice to know the theory behind the modular content concept, but how to transform it into the real world? In this example, you’ll see what kind of modular content there is for a retail store with bicycles.