Properties make up the structure of a content type. They define what kind of information each object of that type can hold. A property has a name, a description (optional), an icon, and a type.
The following five properties are default properties, that every content type has under the hood.
Default properties are properties that every content type has, no matter what. Under the hood, they will always be there, even if they are not shown in the list of properties for a content type. For your custom content types, you can have them displayed by adding them as a property from the property dropdown.
The title of an object. It is a plain text property. The title is quite important for search, so giving your content a meaningful title can help you to access it more quickly.
The following properties are normal properties, that can be added to your custom content types.
These properties can be used by the user and are also used to construct some properties of the basic content types as well.
A plain text property without any formatting.
A simple number property (no currency or unit formatting supported yet).
A simple checkbox property that can either be checked or unchecked.
A blocks property that can hold any kind of blocks-based content.
A date property that can be extended to include a time.
All date-links will also be shown in the calendar on the corresponding day.
Object property (Single- and Multi-select)
Object properties show up as only three options "Single select", "Multi-select", and "Cover image" in the dropdown to add a new property. But they can later be customized further in the object property settings.
An object property only works with one specified content type. You can now change the content type retrospectively – but all previously selected items will be removed by doing so.
Single or Multi-select
Single select: Allows linking to one object of a specified type as the content of this property.
Multi-select: Allows linking several objects of a specified type as the content of this property.
Changing between single and multi-select is possible at any point, but the constraints of that change will be enforced when you apply it – so some selected items might get removed.
In addition, it is possible to define a fixed set of options that will appear in the picker dropdown for that property. You can, of course, expand the fixed set over time. A dropdown with fixed options will drastically reduce mental load and friction when working with this property, as you only have to choose from a limited set of options.
Why use a fixed set?
Defining a fixed set will give you a nice picker dropdown with the set as predefined options. This reduces mental load and gives you a nicer user experience in cases where you'll just need a limited set of options.
Calculate a fixed set:
When you first enable a fixed set for an object property, and you've already created content with it, the fixed set based on the previous usage.
When you make changes in the object property settings, make sure to apply them, and be aware that the new rules might remove some previously selected items from contents with this property.
The object picker
The field of an object property can be edited via the object picker. If you defined a fixed set, all the options of that set will be shown in the dropdown picker.
You can expand a fixed set, by just searching for new items and selecting them. This will add them to the current selection and to the fixed set.
To enter the settings of an object property, you can also quickly access it from the object picker:
Here is short video from one ouf our community members on how you can use select properties:
Some basic content types have very specific properties, that serve a special purpose.
We use these specific properties to add specific data or functionality to our basic content types. The file resource property of an image (or other media types) that holds the reference to the actual file and shows a download button in table view is an example for that.
Search for properties
You can also use our powerful search to find content via property, just have a look:
How to edit properties
Go to the object settings. There you will find a list of all properties where you can edit, rearrange, and delete them or create new ones by clicking "Add property" at the bottom.
Changing the property type
You can currently not change the type of a property. If you want to change the type of a property, you will have to delete it and create a new one.
We recommend to first create the new property, move all the content from the old property to the new one, and then delete the old property.
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