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How Brightspot GO enables you to build your own content types

Brightspot GO gives editors even more flexibility than before by enabling them to create their own content types in just a few mouse clicks

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Inside Brightspot: Editorial content types

Organizations need a CMS with content types that fit their needs exactly, but that’s not always the reality. To best accommodate these needs, fields may need to be added or rearranged, but this generally falls on a developer. Some organizations might be resource-strapped, especially after weathering a pandemic, and might not have the back-end engineers they need to make these changes. Even if they do, making changes to content types can take some time to implement—and at the end of the day, everything must remain intact and unbroken on a variety of front ends.

In a perfect world, organizations and their teams—including editors and non-technical team members—would be able to create their own data models, independent of development. They already know what needs to go where, and in a few mouse clicks, they create exactly what is needed, and with no interruption to the front end. Whether they need to add a new front end entirely or make changes to content that already exists on front ends they already have, they should have that flexibility and confidence that everything will work.

That perfect world is now the reality.

Brightspot GO, a pre-packaged, ready-to-build version of Brightspot, allows brands to launch a fully functional digital experience with astonishing speed, with no limits to future changes and edits.

Sector-specific packages like Brightspot GO Media, Brightspot GO Corporate or Brightspot GO eCommerce come with helpful, pre-built content types, layouts and starter content. Or, for ultimate flexibility, Brightspot GO Headless lets teams develop front-end solutions in whatever languages, app frameworks or development environment they choose with our GraphQL-powered headless platform.

Additionally, with features like the ability to create new content types, Brightspot GO Headless gives even more power to content creators, takes the burden off development teams, and allows organizations to get a headless digital experience to launch—fast.

How to create your own content types

The idea looks great on paper, but how does it handle?

With Brightspot GO Headless, teams can create new content types that include a vast number of fields, like title, author, various toggles, a variety of rich-text editors to suit different publishing needs.

For each field a team adds, they can include advanced settings like character count ranges, uniqueness requirements and more, and each field will then validate against those settings, helping enforce structure to the content that teams create.

Enabling organizations to act in this way saves significant time, especially when defining requirements at the beginning of a project.

This quick turn around also benefits organizations who might launch new apps or push their content to other kinds of interfaces. This feature helps organizations achieve the benefits of a headless CMS while giving content teams some of the power that was previously reserved for more technical team members.

Example use case

Let’s say I’m an editor who's in charge of posting news updates to my organization's mobile app about the topics we cover. After my organization sets me up with Brightspot GO Headless, I want a simple, curated authoring interface for my team, which right now is largely comprised of freelancers.

What I want is a content type called Story, but it doesn’t exist. So, I’ll just make it.

The Story should have a required, unique title (but I don’t want it to be too long, so I’m going to enforce a maximum character count of 100). I will name it Story Title.

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Since visual content performs really well, I want each Story to have a lead image. So, I will add a required Reference Field field underneath the Story Title field I just made and call it Lead Image. This way, my freelancers can supply the photos for their own stories.

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Finally, in this simple Story content type, I need to give my freelancers a way to write stories, so I will add a Rich Text field called Body. I have many options here as far as what tools I want my freelancers to have.

Screenshot: How to build your own content types with Brightspot GO

The larger the rich-text editor, the more tools writers will have at their disposal. Since I want this to be a simple and very focused content type, I will opt for the MediumRichTextEditor. That means my freelancers will have formatting, alignment and list options, and more.

Now that my Story content type is looking good, I will save, and the Story option is now instantly available in Brightspot GO.

Screenshot: How to build your own content types with Brightspot GO

All of the fields I selected for the Story content type are included, and my freelancers are now set to start drafting content for my site.

Empowering editors

After organizations quickly create content types like this, they can leverage the many other tools Brightspot GO Headless offers. Content teams can easily add a Story content type, like the one above, into workflows to ensure the right eyes review all content before it goes out the door. And the fact that all of this can be done in minutes gives organizations the flexibility they need to deliver content to their users wherever they live, whether that's a site, an app, a watch, or anything else.

Of course, this workflow functionality isn't limited to the Headless package; all sector-specific Brightspot GO packages can take advantage of workflows and other tools to ensure their success. That's because Brightspot GO's flexibility and deep customization options ensure that everything a content team could need in a CMS, they get in spades. With the exact same power as an enterprise CMS, organizations get the speed they need to launch and win with their audiences.

If you need a powerful CMS that can support today and tomorrow, no matter what it brings, Brightspot GO is ready to support you.

About the Author
Mark is a Manager, Digital Content at Brightspot. When he's not gleaning insights from various developers from the company, he spends his time cooking new dishes at home with his wife and two hyperactive cats.
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