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Caution: This documentation is for eZ Publish legacy, from version 3.x to 5.x.
For 5.x documentation covering Platform see eZ Documentation Center, for difference between legacy and Platform see 5.x Architecture overview.

Managing sub items

As of version 4.4 of eZ Publish the management of sub items have changed. You can prioritize and sort your sub items freely in the back-end without influencing the sort order and prioritization of your published sub items. This is due to the strict division between the management of the front-end and back-end sub items as shown in the description below.

Managing your front-end sub items

You manage the sorting of your front-end sub items from the "Ordering" tab/window.

The "Ordering" window

You set up your sorting instructions for the children or the content objects of the published page by making your selection in the "Ordering" window. You can choose among several sorting methods as shown in the screenshot below:

Sorting sub items in the published page

The sorting is described in a separate chapter below, "Sorting options" as the description applies both to front-end and back-end sorting.

Note: The sorting order given in this window acts as the default sorting order for the "Sub items" list in the back-end as well.
Note2:  There is a dynamic sort function in the "Sub items" window that works independent from the sort ordering you set up for the published pages. Look in the "Manage sub items in the back-end" below for a full description of this sort function.

Manage sub items in the back-end

The primary purpose of this window is to reveal and sort information about nodes that are located directly below the one which is being viewed. The sorting function is dynamic and you sort by clicking the title headers of each column.

Under "Table options" you can decide how you wish to display your "Sub Items" list. You decide how many elements per page, either 10, 25 or 50. In the "Visible table columns" you decide which columns you wish to display in your "Sub items" list. Note the new columns for "Visibility", "Node ID" and "Object ID". The "Visibility" column will show the "Hide/Unhide" status of an object.

From version 4.4 the "Content structure" tab, the "Media library" tab and the "User accounts" tab comes with different pre-defined sub items columns. By using the "Table options" dialog, users may customize what columns to show per tab or navigation part, which is stored in a browser cookie. If no cookie or ini setting is defined, the fallback mechanism is to show all columns. The fallback mechanism is to show the default columns defined by the eZ Publish admin in the "settings/admininterface.ini".

Please find the table with the pre-defined sub items columns below:

Tabs/navigation area


The "Content structure" tab

Name - Visibility - Published date - Priority

The "Media library" tab

Name - Visibility - Type

The "User accounts"

Name - Modifier - Published

 You modify the columns displayed in the sub items table in the "Table options".

"Table options"

Sorting options

The sorting options described below are valid both for the sorting of front-end and back-end sub items.

  • Class identifier: Sort on the class identifier attribute. This is an internal name that you need to register when you register the class and it is used in templates and PHP code. "Ascending" in this case means alphabetically from A to Z, "Descending" means "Alphabetically" from Z to A.
  • Class name: Sort on the class name attribute. The class name is a required attribute when you register the class. "Ascending" in this case means alphabetically from A to Z, "Descending" means "Alphabetically" from Z to A.
  • Depth: Sort by the depth in your tree structure. "Ascending" in this case means from the top of the structure, whereas "Descending" means from the bottom of the structure.
  • Modified: Sort on the modified date. In this case "Ascending" means sorting from older to newer objects, so the sub items will be listed with the oldest on top, whereas "Descending" will give you a list with the newest items first.
  • Name: Sort on the names of the objects in your sub items list. "Ascending" in this case means alphabetically from A to Z, "Descending" means "Alphabetically" from Z to A.
  • Priority: Sorting by "Priority" lets you freely go in and edit the priorities by entering numbers in the "Priorities" column to the right in your sub items list. It is possible to use both negative and positive integers (zero included). Find more information in "The Content structure tab" description under "Edit priority".
  • Published: Sort on the published date. "Ascending" means sorting from older to newer objects, so the sub items will be listed with the oldest published objects on top. "Descending" will give you a list with the most recent published items first.
  • Section: Sorting on sections means sorting on sections created under "Setup"-"Sections". "Ascending" in this case means alphabetically from A to Z, "Descending" means "Alphabetically" from Z to A.

Geir Arne Waaler (23/02/2011 10:00 am)

Geir Arne Waaler (24/02/2011 12:02 pm)


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