- Last Modified:
- 14 Jan 2019
- User Level:
- Power User
The Top Content Navigation Object can be used to output content items from a specific location in your site. The object can search a full Channel, Branch or particular Section and return content from one or several specified Content Types (defined in the properties).
How to create a Top Content object
To create this object, go to Assets > Navigation and click Create New Navigation and select Top Content.
After completing the standard options used for all types of Navigation Objects, fill in each of the following, where relevant:
|Title||A Title will be output preceding the output content. This can be left blank.|
|Select section||If "Use Section" or "Use Branch" has been selected, select the section via Browse or Search.|
|Content type name||Select one or multiple Content Types from the list. Only content using these Content Types are fetched.|
|Channel||Content should be restricted to a specific Channel or Microsite.|
Enter the name of the date element in your Content Type(s). This must be an exact match. If you fetch content from multiple Content Types, the name of the date element must be the same in all those Content Types.
Enter "Last Modified" to show recently modified content based on the last modified date of the Content Items.
If this is left blank, the Publish date (on the Options tab when adding/editing content) is used.
|Ignore date ordering||Checkbox to order the content based on the order in the Section (only relevant if the Fetch method is Use Section or Use Current). Unchecked, the date element is used instead.|
|Display||Specify the number of Content Items to display.|
|Which piece of content to start at?||
Specify the Content Item to start at. A value of 0 would begin at the first Content Item.
This is useful when the first Content Item requires a different layout to the second/third/fourth Content Item. For example, the latest news item could have a larger and more prominent layout than the second, third and fourth. In that case, 2 separate objects can be created:
|Content layouts||Use Channel default (specified in the channel settings) or select alternate Content Layout. If you choose an alternate enter the name in the field below.|
|Alternate content layout||If the Channel default is not used, enter the name of the alternate Content Layout to be used.|
|Before HTML||The HTML that will be output before the Navigation Object.|
|After HTML||The HTML that will be output after the Navigation Object.|
Review your entries and selections, if you are satisfied with your entries, click Next to generate the object.
In Top Content and Keyword Search Content Navigation Objects, where content is mirrored into multiple sections, the Navigation Object only returns one instance of that content. The object will recurse the branch of content, as configured, returning only the first instance of the content that it encounters. Re-ordering sections can therefore affect the instance of the content that is returned by the Navigation Object.
For Publish to One File Navigation Objects, where content is mirrored into multiple sections, the Navigation Object returns all instances of the content.