Elements

 Preamble
Contrary to simple components, database components manipulate repetitive information, e.g. several products, several hot links, etc.

The initial implementation of a database component is very simple.

Enter several elements into the database and they are immediately available to the public.

The available configuration possibilities are extremely important.

Different layouts, different classification orders, restricted access: the list of options is long. Proceed gradually.
 
 Navigating Between Elements - Shared Concepts
All of the pages of the administration site allowing you to work on the elements of your database components are employed in the same manner.

Your database can contain several elements (several products, several news bits...), but the system presents them to you one at a time in the form of a file.

The elements are classified in ascending alphabetical order.

To directly access an element, choose it in the selection list that displays the name of all the elements classified in ascending alphabetical order.

When you have several dozen elements, you should begin to file them into categories. In this instance, you will have another selection list allowing you to filter through the displayed elements in order to work on one category at a time.

Another way of navigating between elements is by using the to-do list.

If you already have numerous elements, and you have carefully defined their respective states of progress specifying the work that is left to finish for each element, then it is quicker to display the to-do list and click on the elements that need to be finished rather than searching for them manually.
  • To modify an element, click on the Modify button. A modification view will allow you to complete and change the values linked to the element.
  • To add an element, click on the Add button. A similar view allows you to create a new element.
  • To duplicate an element, click on the Duplicate button. The element is then duplicated and a view allowing you to modify the information is immediately displayed. Remember to change the name of the duplicated element in order to differentiate it from the source element. Having two elements with the same name poses no problems for the Actinic system, but will more than likely create a lot of confusion for you when using these elements. Don't forget to click on the Save button. Otherwise, the duplicated element will not be added to the database.
  • To delete an element, click on the Delete button. A dialog box will ask you for confirmation. Make sure you are deleting the right element. Once deleted, this element cannot be recovered.
 

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