Tridion publications contain the building blocks used in Tridion blue printing. A Tridion Publication contains ONE of the following website parts:
- Nothing. Also known as the “Empty Master” has no parents and can never be given a parent. Placed to ensure that in the future the publications below it can be given new parents.
- Data design in the form of (XML) Schemas
- Components (content) for one language (English, Spanish) and one domain (website.com) or channel.
- A physical website. Usually only inherits from design and content and, optionally, a publication may contain Tridion pages. This type of Publication only combines content and design elements from parent publications. Usually it does not contain any local design parts or content.
It is possible to do all of the above in one publication. However this limits the possibility of re-use and with that the advantages Tridion offers in terms of maintenance.
A page is also a container for Component Presentations. It is possible to add 0 or more Component Presentations (chunks of rendered content) on one page. The Page Template will determine how the Component Presentations are placed on the page. In addition it defines the HTML header tags and which navigation blocks are visible.
The end result will look something like this:
The Page Template (PT) defines the overall layout of a page. It is in fact a master page which defines the header, footer and navigation on a particular page type. It also defines where Component Presentations are placed on the page. The picture belows shows what is defined in the Page Template
In addition it defines:
- The HTML header (<title>, <meta>etc)
- File extension of the page (asp, jsp xml, xslt etc.)
The page template is used in the static publishing model only.