Creating content

You can create content using the Quick Start widget, which provides a list of the most popular content types. Alternatively, you can create content via the search panel, which gives you access to all available content types.

Creating content from the Quick Start widget

Most of the time you create content, such as articles or blog posts, from your dashboard’s Quick Start widget.

To create content:

  1. From the dashboard, in the Quick Start widget, click the content type for which you want to create a new item.


    A blank content edit page appears.

  2. On the content edit page, fill out the content edit form. Depending on the item you are creating, some fields in the form are required, and other fields may have hints pertaining to your site’s style guide. Some fields may allow drag-and-drop from your computer to the content edit form or between different areas of the content edit form. As you complete the form, you’ll notice the following:

  3. Some of the fields in the content edit form may be selection fields for selecting existing content in Brightspot. When you click the selection field, Brightspot pops up a menu listing all of the existing items of that content type. For example, when you click the Author field, Brightspot displays a menu listing the existing authors you can use.


    If the selection menu is empty, or if the author you need isn’t on the menu, you can create a new author directly from the content picker. Click search next to the selection field.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • From the Tools Menu settings on the Editorial Toolbar, click Save Draft.
    • Press Alt-S (Windows) or Ctrl--s (Mac).

After saving your item, you can perform the following activities:

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Creating any type of content

Use the following procedure to create any type of content available in your version of Brightspot. This procedure is useful if the content type you want to create is not available in the Quick Start widget.

To create any type of content:

  1. In the header, click in the search field. The search panel appears.

  2. From the Create list, select the required content type.

  3. Click New. A blank content edit form corresponding to the selected content type appears.

Components of a field

Each field on the content edit form has a label. Depending on your version of Brightspot, some fields have the following additional components:

  • Note—A brief explanation about what the field does or how to fill it in.
  • Placeholder text—Default text. Depending on your version of Brightspot, your text replaces the placeholder or is added on to the placeholder.
  • Editorial notes providing information or guidelines for completing the field.

Contact your Brightspot representative to add notes or placeholder text to a content edit form’s fields.

Field colors

As you change fields in the content edit form, they appear in different colors, as listed below:

Field colors in content edit form
Color Description
../../../_images/label-saved.png Field not changed since last save.
../../../_images/label-edit.png Cursor in field.
../../../_images/label-changed.png Field changed since last save.
../../../_images/label-error.png Error message pertaining to field.

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Types of fields in the content edit form

Brightspot’s content edit form has different types of fields for entering different types of data. You’re probably familiar with many of these fields—such as text fields or date pickers—from other sites you visit on the Internet.

All the fields described in this section change color as you modify them. For an explanation of those colors, see Field colors.

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Text fields allow for entering a single line of text. Headlines, photo credits, copyright dates, and attributions are examples of single-line text fields. The following illustration is an example of a text field with a note providing a cue about how to write a headline.


Rich-text editor

Rich-text editors serve as a small word processor. You can add formatting and media in rich-text editors, such as boldface, italics, images, and hyperlinks. You usually use a rich-text editor to compose content such as body text, author biographies, headers, and footers.


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Selection field

Selection fields provide suggested values for a field. For example, a selection field for authors lists some of the authors in Brightspot.


Selection field showing current selection


Selection field showing available items

Selection fields typically have three controls:

  • search—Opens the content picker. If the selection field doesn’t show the item you need, you can find the item using the content picker.
  • edit—Opens a content edit form for editing the current selection.
  • clear —Removes the current selection.

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Date selector

Date selectors help you easily select a date and time. You usually use a date selector for setting fields such as scheduled dates, embargo dates, and review dates.


File selector

File selectors provide a way to include a file, such as an image, document, or media, into your content.

There are two ways to include a file in Brightspot:

  • New Upload Selecting this option in a file selector displays a Choose button. When you click on this button, you can navigate to the file on your computer. Brightspot uploads and saves the image.
  • New URL Selecting this option in a file selector displays a text field for pasting a URL. Brightspot saves the URL, not the actual file.

Uploading a file from your computer


Referring to a file with a URL

After you select the file, Brightspot displays a preview in the content edit form.

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Toggles provide answers to yes-or-no questions. Many settings in your profile are toggles, such as returning to the dashboard after saving an item.


Toggle in no position


Toggle in yes position


Lists contain one or more items of the same content type, such as one or more authors.


Lists have three controls:

  • add_circle_outline—Displays a field for adding another item to the list. Many fields in a list are selection fields.
  • edit—Displays a content edit page to modify an item.
  • remove—Removes the item from the list.

Working with the selection field

When you create an asset, you often include shared assets that are already in Brightspot. For example, when creating an article, you can include an existing author, image, section, and tag. Similarly, when creating a gallery, you can include an existing photographer and images.

Selecting a shared asset

When you create an asset, the content edit form often includes a selection field for selecting a shared asset.


When you open a selection field, Brightspot lists all the assets with the following characteristics:

  • They are of the associated content type (such as author, section, or tag)
  • They are available to you or the site on which you are working

Brightspot then lists the assets in the following groups:

  • The first group contains the five shared assets that you or another editor most recently selected, sorted by time selected.
  • The second group contains the 20 shared assets that you or another editor most recently updated, sorted by time updated.
  • The third group contains all other available assets, sorted alphabetically.

Each group is sorted alphabetically.


The following video demonstrates the relationship between creating a shared asset and then selecting it. The editor in the video creates and author, starts an article, and selects the author.

If a shared asset you need does not appear in the selection field, review the following table for causes and resolutions.

Cause Resolution
More assets are available than what appears in the selection field. Click search to open the content picker, and search for the asset.
You don’t have permission to use the shared asset. Ask an editor who is an owner of the asset to give you permission.
The asset does not exist. Click search to open the content picker, and create the required asset.

Editing a shared asset from the selection field

After you select an asset in the selection field, click edit to edit it.

Removing a shared asset from the selection field

Click remove to remove an asset from the selection field.