Content Fragments Console overview

Learn about the basic features and functionalities of AEM as a Cloud Service’s Content Fragments authoring console.

AEMs of cloud service has a dedicated content fragment authoring console, optimized for the day to day creation and the management of content fragments. This content fragment authoring experience mixes a folder based navigation running along the left side and a flattened list view of the content fragments in the main view. When no folders are selected, all content fragments in AEM the user has read access to are visible. As we drill down in the folders only the content fragments in those folders and sub folders are displayed. Content fragments are listed in a tabular format maximizing the number of fragments visible at once.
Each content fragment is represented as a row on the table by way of a configurable set of column definitions. Some of the more useful columns are the model indicating the type of content fragment, the folder where the content fragment resides, the status indicating if content fragment is being authored or if it’s published and ready for use and referenced by which pulls up a list of everything else in AEM that is referencing this content fragment.
Sortable columns are denoted with the up and down arrow.
Content fragments can be further filtered using the search bar and filters found at the top. They can be discovered using full tech search as well as filters that refine the results based on specific content fragment metadata. So, for example, we can filter our fragments that have been published this week. We can always clear existing search criteria. And let’s go back and filter the results set by the draft status. And as you can see, only our draft content fragments display.
Let’s clear all our search and filter criteria and head back to the folder browse view.
Selecting a content fragment brings up an action bar with a variety of common actions such as open, publish, copy, move, rename, and delete.
Selecting multiple content fragments reduces the actions to those that can be applied to multiple content fragments at once.
Content fragments can be reviewed or edited by selecting them, which opens the content fragment editor.
By default the master variation is displayed but if other variations exist, they can be reviewed or edited as well.
A variety of other more advanced features are available in the editor as well including comments that let you collaborate with other AEM authors associated content which relates AEM asset collections with the content fragment, metadata which allows for the management of the data describing the content fragment and keep in mind, metadata is different than the content that makes up the content fragment itself and that we just saw in the variations.
A tree structure view that provides a compressed visualization of the data types that make up the content fragment and adjacent view that displays the fully hydrated adjacent representation of the content fragment as it would be returned via AEM’s graphial APIs. Additionally, a few common actions are available from directly within the content fragment including update page references, Quick Publish and Manage Publication. And note that this last option contains the ability to both publish or unpublish the fragment.
Let’s make a few quick edits to the content fragment, and when we’re done, we can, of course, save our changes.
Similar to adding existing content fragments, we can create new content fragments. Simply select create and the new content fragment model opens.
First, select the folder in which to create the new content fragment.
Then select the model which defines the content fragment schema, or in other words, what data it will collect.
The title is the human friendly display name. The name is the system name and is usually best kept as the auto generated value unless you’ve defined a specific naming convention. And lastly, an optional description. We can create and immediately open the new content fragment in the editor for authoring just as we saw before or we can simply create it.
Just as a reminder, you’ll typically want to publish your content fragments after they’ve been authored, reviewed, and are ready for consumption. We can do this via the actions we saw before. Simply select the content fragments to publish and tap publish.
Lastly, it’s worth noting authors can quickly jump into the full AEM assets authoring console via the open in assets button at the top.
This experience provides a more advanced set of asset management capabilities that include content fragments as well. -