Content Collections

  • Tips & Tricks

Content Collections help feed site content through Mura in custom groups. There are many ways that a Content Collection can be built and used. In terms of functionality, they all operate about the same. Let's look at how a Content Collection in Web at NatSci works.

screenshot showing a content collection example

On the home page of Web at NatSci, there is a yellow panel on the bottom, right hand side of the page titled Knowledge Base. This panel is filled by a Content Collection of the same name.

Mura Modules Content Collections list, including the Mura Know-how collection.

Shown above in the Mura Content Collections list is the Knowledge Base content collection. Notice that there are options to add both a local Content Collection index and a remote feed. The difference here is that a Local Index will always be an aggregate of pages within your Mura site, where as a remote feed would be imported RSS content from another site. Mura is, at its core, RSS based. With Content Collections you can both produce RSS content and consume RSS content. The collection itself acts as a channel through which you can display the aggregate list in your site.


Content Collection Basic Tab

 

The Editor

Here are the basic settings for the Mura Know-how Content Collection. In the basic tab we give the content collection a name, select where in Mura the content should come from (this can be multiple sources), set how the list is sorted and define a few other selection options for our content.

With the categorization tab, you can pull content from categories, rather than specific site sections. This is helpful for those situations that require a cross section of information from your site. (Note: the Homepage Images content collection uses this setup.)

Advanced filters help you to further refine the displayed content in a variety of ways. This can be combined with the Mura tag to create more dynamic selections. In the case of events, you may want a selection of upcoming events. To achieve this, you would select the main calendar as the source and set Stop Date / Time Greater Than or Equal To {ts '2018-06-21 13:34:39'} in the advance tab. Now your Content Collection will display only upcoming events.

Using the display defaults tab, you can pre-build the display of your Content Collection. This can help make sure all of your display settings are the same when including the Content Collection on individual pages. It also set the defaults for your RSS feed if you choose to use the collection as one.

The RSS tab offers settings to fine tune your RSS feed, if you are using your Content Collection in this way. It provides you with the URL for the feed, a feed description and more.

The Usage Report lets you know where the feed is used in your site.
 

In Action

To place a Content Collection in a site page, browse to the desired page in the Mura Site Manager (the home page for our example). Go to the Layouts & Objects tab, select Local Content Indexes in the Content Object drop down. A list of your local indexes will populate below. Click on the new Local Content Index and use the right arrow for the desired page region to add it to the page.

Adding a local index to a page.

To modify settings, double click on Knowledge Base-Local Index after adding it to a region. The local index configurator will be displayed. This is where you can set the layout, number of items to display and more for your local index.