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Standard Banking Demo: Discovering Entando CMS Components

Hey my fellow developers,

Here’s the last blog post in the Standard Banking Demo series. After a deep dive into the microservices and micro frontends, we are now discovering the CMS components that make up this banking application and how we can manage our content to provide a great user experience.

Content Management: The Standard Demo Banner

Compose Components to Display a Banner

In the Standard Banking Demo, banners are defined to display pieces of content in pages rendered in a modern website style.

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We will use this content type to explain how an Entando application leverages CMS components to build composable applications.

CMS component architecture

To manage content, we need to know how to define it (the Type), how to display it (the Model), and how to create a new instance (the Content).

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Content Type

The ContentType defines the attributes available when adding a new instance of content. The type is defined by a name and a code and defines fields and rules to apply.

Each attribute has a code, a name, and a type. Attributes can be mandatory and be used to filter content.

Content Template

The Content Template defines how a ContentType is displayed. A ContentType can be displayed in different ways by creating additional Content Templates.

Content

The Content refers to a piece (or instance) of content and is based on a ContentType. The Content defines the values of the attributes for a ContentType.

Assets

A collection of assets you can use in a piece of content and share across multiple content entries, e.g. an image.

When a page is designed, the Content widget is configured to render a piece of content based on the Content Template.

Compose components in the App Builder

In the Page Designer, this content is placed in a frame as a “Content” widget. Here in red, the Content widget is used to display the main banner on the homepage.

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This widget is configured to display the content you want to display along with the desired content template.

In this case, the Home SD page contains multiple Content widgets that all use the same content type (SDB).

Although the Content Type is the same, each section is rendered differently by choosing different Content Templates. There is a content template for displaying the main banner, another for displaying a light background, and another to render an accordion inside the banner.

The content to display can be selected from the Settings menu in the kebab menu.

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Then we can select the content we want to display (displayed below in blue) and the template we want to use for this instance of content (in orange).

Only a template linked to the same content type can be used.

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All of the CMS components are defined as code in the Standard Banking Demo.

CMS Components as Code

The Standard Demo Banner: Content Type

code: SDB
name: Standard Demo Banners
status: '0'
attributes:
 - code: title
   type: Text
   names:
     en: title
   roles: []
   disablingCodes: []
   mandatory: true
   listFilter: false
   indexable: true
   validationRules:
     minLength: null
     maxLength: null
     regex: null
     rangeStartString: null
     rangeEndString: null
     rangeStartStringAttribute: null
     rangeEndStringAttribute: null
     equalString: null
     equalStringAttribute: null
     rangeStartDate: null
     rangeEndDate: null
     rangeStartDateAttribute: null
     rangeEndDateAttribute: null
     equalDate: null
     equalDateAttribute: null
     rangeStartNumber: null
     rangeStartNumberAttribute: null
     rangeEndNumber: null
     rangeEndNumberAttribute: null
     equalNumber: null
     equalNumberAttribute: null
     ognlValidation: null
     ...
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The Standard Demo Banner: Template

The template references the content type through the contentType field: SDB

id: 1
contentType: SDB
description: Main Banner
contentShape: |-
 <div class="main-banner">
     <div class="row">
         <div class="col-lg-6 col-xs-12 main-banner-center">
             <div class="text-wrapper">
                 <h1> $content.title.text</h1>
                 <p>$content.subtitle.text</p>
             </div>
         </div>
     </div>
 </div>
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The Standard Demo Banner: Content

The content references the content type through the typeCode field: SDB

id: SDB37
typeCode: SDB
description: main-banner
mainGroup: free
status: PUBLIC
attributes:
 - code: title
   value: null
   values:
     en: A Better Way to Bank
   elements: []
   compositeelements: []
   listelements: {}
   ...
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The Standard Demo Homepage

The page template defines the widgets on the page like the Content widget: code: content_viewer

The Content widget is then configured to display the top banner using the contentId SDB37 and the template 'modelId: 1'.

code: homepagesd
parentCode: homepage
titles:
 en: Home SD
 it: Home SD
pageModel: seed_home
ownerGroup: free
joinGroups: []
displayedInMenu: true
seo: false
charset: utf8
status: published
widgets:
 - code: Brand-Logo
   config: null
   pos: 0
 - code: Login_buttons
   config: null
   pos: 2
 - code: content_viewer
   config:
     contentDescription: main-banner
     modelId: '1'
     ownerGroup: free
     contentId: SDB37
     joinGroups: '[]'
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Conclusion

This series is ending with the CMS Standard Banking Demo overview, it provides a working example of how traditional micro frontends can be composed alongside CMS components. The banner example is great to understand how a given content type can be used in multiple ways to render different content using the same attributes and improve your capacity to deliver content quickly and easily.

User-editable content can also be exported using the bundle export/import feature and managed as code along with micro frontends and microservices across multiple environments or clusters.

Now it’s time to play with the Standard Banking Demo. Be sure to follow our documentation and reach out on the Entando forum for feedback.

Bonus: The Standard Banking demo video

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