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View content types

The following is an example of where you might use Content Types.

Before you begin

This example uses the out-of-box Employee Self-Service (ESS) site as an example.

Role required: content_admin or admin

About this task

Use any out-of-box instance of a CMS site.


  1. Launch an out-of-box CMS site https://<instance name>
  2. Under Get Help, click Issue Status.
    The Issue Status, or incident_status CMS page contains two content blocks: Common Answer and Current Issues. These content blocks both use Content Types to render results.
  3. From https://<instance name>, navigate to Blocks > Lists > Portal - Common Answers.
    This block matches the Common Answers section of the Issue Status page. The Table field describes the Content Type associated with Common Answers.
  4. Use the link to view existing Content Types.
  5. Click the Content Type to view the XML that determines how the list and record are rendered in CMS.
    The Default Detail Page field indicates a CMS page that displays a record selected from a List of Content block.
  6. Click the Information icon next to the Default Detail Page, to go to that page.
  7. From the Default Detail Page, under Related Links, click Edit Page.
    The Detail Block contains a content type formatter. When editing or viewing the page, it is looking for a URL to be passed to determine the record to display, which is why it says "Detail record could not be located".
  8. Click the pencil icon to edit and view the Detailed Content block.
    The Type drop down list has "Show the page's current document" selected, which indicates that the document_id must be passed to this block from the CMS pages, then it can display the record based on the content type listed in the document_id.
  9. From the Common Answers block, on the Self Service page, select a record.
    The page opens with a URL similar to: https://<intance name>,02255450d731310013ab49547e61038e

    The table sysparm_document_key=kb_knowledge and sys_id 02255450d731310013ab49547e61038e determine the record. The associated content type, kb_knowledge, renders the content on the Default Detail Page, Portal - Knowledge Detail / url_suffix=knowledge.