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Learn the basics of creating, publishing, and displaying your content with Kontent.ai. In this introductory tutorial, you will build a simple website powered by Kontent.ai from start to finish. If you are new to modular content platforms, this is a great place to get started.

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    If you do not have your Kontent.ai account yet, sign up at https://app.kontent.ai/sign-up. After creating an account and signing in, you will see the content of a sample project, which you won't need now.

    Using Web Spotlight?

    If you're using Web Spotlight to manage your website content, check out Hello Web Spotlight version of this tutorial.

    Create a Kontent.ai project

    Project is the primary organizational unit of your content.

    To create a new project:

    1. Click the project switcher in the top left.
    2. Click Projects.
    3. Click Create new project in the top-right corner.
    4. Type a name for your project, for example Hello World.
    5. Click Create project.
    6. Click Open project.
    Expanded project menu

    Open a list of your Kontent.ai projects

    Now you can model the first content type.

    Create a content type

    Content types (sometimes called content templates) define the structure of a piece of content – a content item. They are made of content elements such as texts and images. Think of content types as templates that you will create, and be able to re-use in the future.

    A content type can be used by a single content item (for example, a homepage) or by many content items (for example, each article can be based on the same Article content type).

    Now create a content type for a homepage with a headline, some text, and a picture:

    1. In Content model, click Create new.
    2. In Content type name, type Homepage.
      1. Drag in a Text element and name it Headline.
      2. Drag in a Rich text element and name it Body text.
      3. Drag in an Asset element and name it Picture.
    3. Click Save.

    That's it, your content type is ready to use.

    To see all the content types that were created, select Content model.

    Assembled Homepage content type for Hello World

    Create a content item

    You can now create a content item based on the new Homepage content type. A content item is an instance of a content type.

    1. In  Content & assets, click Create new.
    2. If collections are available to you, select one for the new content item.
    3. Select Homepage as the content type.
    4. In Content item name, type Hello Headless World.
    5. Fill in the Headline and Body text elements.
    6. Upload an image to the Picture asset element. If you like, you can use our Kontent.ai logo.
    Filled-in Hello World content item

    Publish your content

    To publish your content item simply click on the Publish action button at the top.

    Note that you can later set up your content workflow according to your needs.

    A short time after publishing, your content item is publicly available via the Delivery API. 

    Access your content

    Each content item can be accessed at a specific URL similar to this one:

    https://deliver.kontent.ai/<YOUR_PROJECT_ID>/items/<CONTENT_ITEM_CODENAME>

    1. Replace <YOUR_PROJECT_ID> with the ID of your project:
      1. In Project settings, click API keys.
      2. In the Delivery API card, click .
    2. Replace <CONTENT_ITEM_CODENAME> with the codename of your content item:
      1. In  Content & assets, click the Hello Headless World content item to open it.
      2. Click the More actions button in the top-right corner.
      3. Click Codename at the bottom of the list.
      4. Click .
    3. Open the URL in your browser.

    For example, the URL can look like this:

    https://deliver.kontent.ai/8d20758c-d74c-4f59-ae04-ee928c0816b7/items/hello_headless_world

    The API will return your content item as a structured JSON object that is easy to parse by any programming language.

    • JSON
    { "item": { "system": { "id": "cbd09ce9-31f1-4168-9939-dcebd2571b49", "name": "Hello Headless World", "codename": "hello_headless_world", "language": "default", "type": "homepage", "sitemap_locations": [], "last_modified": "2019-09-24T10:21:16.4870359Z" }, "elements": { "headline": { "type": "text", "name": "Headline", "value": "Hello Headless World!" }, "body_text": { "type": "rich_text", "name": "Body text", "images": {}, "links": {}, "modular_content": [], "value": "<p>Kontent.ai is a modular content platform that helps teams confidently create, reuse, and deploy content to multiple channels.</p>" }, "picture": { "type": "asset", "name": "Picture", "value": [ { "name": "hello_kontent_ai.png", "description": "Kontent.ai logo", "type": "image/png", "size": 10999, "url": "https://assets-us-01.kc-usercontent.com:443/8d20758c-d74c-4f59-ae04-ee928c0816b7/c81966ef-467e-4c5b-bd84-e36ddfac2979/hello_kontent_ai.png", "width": 439, "height": 395 } ] } } }, "modular_content": {} }
    { "item": { "system": { "id": "cbd09ce9-31f1-4168-9939-dcebd2571b49", "name": "Hello Headless World", "codename": "hello_headless_world", "language": "default", "type": "homepage", "sitemap_locations": [], "last_modified": "2019-09-24T10:21:16.4870359Z" }, "elements": { "headline": { "type": "text", "name": "Headline", "value": "Hello Headless World!" }, "body_text": { "type": "rich_text", "name": "Body text", "images": {}, "links": {}, "modular_content": [], "value": "<p>Kontent.ai is a modular content platform that helps teams confidently create, reuse, and deploy content to multiple channels.</p>" }, "picture": { "type": "asset", "name": "Picture", "value": [ { "name": "hello_kontent_ai.png", "description": "Kontent.ai logo", "type": "image/png", "size": 10999, "url": "https://assets-us-01.kc-usercontent.com:443/8d20758c-d74c-4f59-ae04-ee928c0816b7/c81966ef-467e-4c5b-bd84-e36ddfac2979/hello_kontent_ai.png", "width": 439, "height": 395 } ] } } }, "modular_content": {} }

    Display your content on a website

    In this part of the tutorial, you will learn how to use JavaScript to display the content from a JSON object onto a web page. The JSON response contains the three elements as objects which are specified by their codenames: headline, body_text, and picture.

    Adding HTML

    First, you will create an HTML file and declare which HTML elements you want to populate. The order of elements in the HTML file is the order in which the content will appear on the website. Create a new, blank text file and name it index.html.

    Inside of the HTML file insert the following code:

    • HTML
    <!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>Hello World with Kontent.ai</title> <script type="text/javascript" src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/@kentico/kontent-delivery@11.0.0/dist/bundles/kontent-delivery.umd.min.js"></script> <script src="main.js" async defer></script> </head> <body> <!-- The HTML elements are there only to display data from Kontent.ai. Using JavaScript, you'll pull the content from your Kontent.ai project into the elements --> <img id="banner"> <h1 id="headline"></h1> <p id="bodytext"></p> </body> </html>
    <!DOCTYPE html> <html> <head> <title>Hello World with Kontent.ai</title> <script type="text/javascript" src="https://cdn.jsdelivr.net/npm/@kentico/kontent-delivery@11.0.0/dist/bundles/kontent-delivery.umd.min.js"></script> <script src="main.js" async defer></script> </head> <body> <!-- The HTML elements are there only to display data from Kontent.ai. Using JavaScript, you'll pull the content from your Kontent.ai project into the elements --> <img id="banner"> <h1 id="headline"></h1> <p id="bodytext"></p> </body> </html>

    Adding JavaScript

    Let's populate the <h1>, <img>, and <p> elements from the HTML file with content from your project. The headline whose value is "Hello Headless World!" will go into the <h1> element, the body_text whose value is the paragraph below the logo will go into the <p> element, and picture whose value is the URL will show in the <img> element. Now, create a file named main.js and insert the following code:

    • JavaScript
    // Initializes the Delivery JS SDK var KontentDelivery = window['kontentDelivery']; // Creates a delivery client for retrieving data from Kontent.ai const deliveryClient = new KontentDelivery.createDeliveryClient({ // Tip: Use your project ID to display your own content. projectId: '8d20758c-d74c-4f59-ae04-ee928c0816b7' }); // Retrieves the content item deliveryClient .item('hello_headless_world') .elementsParameter(['headline', 'body_text', 'picture']) .toPromise() .then((response) => processData(response)); // Processes the retrieved data and displays it on the page. function processData(response) { const bodyText = response.data.item.elements.body_text.value; const headline = response.data.item.elements.headline.value; const picture = response.data.item.elements.picture.value[0].url; document.getElementById("bodytext").innerHTML = bodyText; document.getElementById("headline").append(headline); document.getElementById("banner").src = picture; }
    // Initializes the Delivery JS SDK var KontentDelivery = window['kontentDelivery']; // Creates a delivery client for retrieving data from Kontent.ai const deliveryClient = new KontentDelivery.createDeliveryClient({ // Tip: Use your project ID to display your own content. projectId: '8d20758c-d74c-4f59-ae04-ee928c0816b7' }); // Retrieves the content item deliveryClient .item('hello_headless_world') .elementsParameter(['headline', 'body_text', 'picture']) .toPromise() .then((response) => processData(response)); // Processes the retrieved data and displays it on the page. function processData(response) { const bodyText = response.data.item.elements.body_text.value; const headline = response.data.item.elements.headline.value; const picture = response.data.item.elements.picture.value[0].url; document.getElementById("bodytext").innerHTML = bodyText; document.getElementById("headline").append(headline); document.getElementById("banner").src = picture; }

    Finishing touches

    When you combine the two code samples and introduce a small amount of CSS you get what you see in the Codepen example below.

    What's next?

    Working directly with the API interface is fine for small tasks and simple websites. The API reference is your friend. For more complex projects, however, you will want to use a platform-specific SDK or write your own.

    We have a JavaScript/TypeScript SDK for the Delivery REST APIReact sample application, and more.