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Assigning content to a category


Categories (previously zones) are used to organize website content by topic. For example, your website might have a 'Politics' category for all content relating to politics. Every content item in Pangea CMS must have at least one category.

This article explains how to assign a content item to a category.

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Add categories via settings

This method applies for all edit screens that use the new CMS 8 layout:

  1. Click General in the left panel.
  2. Click inside the Categories text box. You see a list of the categories that are available for the current content type.

    NOTE: If a category is not listed, the category may not be valid for the current content type. You can check the valid content types for a category via the Edit Category (Zone) screen.

    For instructions, refer to the relevant article below according to the type of category:

  3. Start typing a keyword to narrow the list.
  4. Tick the box next to the category that you want to add.
  5. Optionally continue to add more categories.
  6. Click Save or Save & close to confirm and apply your preferences.

The added categories appear under the text box. If necessary, click the x icon to remove a category.

If you add multiple categories, refer to the Manage primary and secondary categories section.




Add categories via the Editor screen

This method applies for some edit screens, including Article, Live Blog, and other text-based content types:

  1. Click Select category in the top-left corner of the Editor screen.
  2. Click inside the Categories text box. You see a list of the valid categories for the current content type.

    NOTE: If a category is not listed, the category may not be valid for the current content type. You can check the valid content types for a category via the Edit Category (Zone) screen.

    For instructions, refer to the relevant article below according to the type of category:

  3. Start typing a keyword to narrow the list.
  4. Tick the box next to the category that you want to add.
  5. Optionally continue to add more categories.
  6. Click Save to confirm and apply your preferences.

The primary category is displayed in the top-left corner of the screen. Click the primary category to open the Select Categories dialog and manage all of the added categories. If necessary, click the x icon to remove a category.

If you add multiple categories, refer to the Manage primary and secondary categories section.




Manage primary and secondary categories

If you add multiple categories, you need to select which category is the primary category (you can only select one primary category). The remaining categories are secondary categories.

Primary and secondary categories affect website organization as follows:

  • Both primary and secondary categories affect how the content is distributed. For example, the homepage may contain a widget that displays the latest content from the 'Politics' category. This applies for all content from the Politics category, regardless of whether Politics is the primary or secondary category.
  • The primary category also affects the design of each content page. For example, all content items from the 'Politics' category might have the same YMAL (You Might Also Like) widget at the bottom of the page.

When you add multiple categories, the primary category is marked blue, and the secondary categories are marked gray. Click the box for a different category to mark it as the primary category.




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