Managing CMS blocks

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This topic describes how to manage CMS blocks.

Info

If you want to manage a CMS block for email, see Managing content of emails via CMS blocks.

Prerequisites

To start managing CMS blocks, go to Content Management > Blocks.

Each section contains reference information. Make sure to review it before you start, or just look up the necessary information as you go through the process.

Viewing CMS blocks

To view a block:

  1. On the Overview of CMS Blocks page, click View Block in the Actions column.
  2. On the View CMS Block: [Block ID] page that opens, the following information is available:
    • General information
    • Placeholders

Tips & tricks
On the View CMS Block: [Block ID] page, you can do the following:

  • Edit a block’s general information and layout by clicking Edit block in the top right corner of the page.
  • Edit a block’s content and insert CMS widgets by clicking Edit placeholders in the top right corner of the page.
  • Make a CMS block invisible on the store website by clicking Deactivate in the top right corner of the page.
  • Make a CMS block visible on the store website by clicking Activate in the top right corner of the page.
  • Return to the list of CMS blocks by clicking Back to list in the top right corner of the page.

Reference information: Viewing CMS blocks

The following table describes the attributes you see when viewing a CMS block.

ATTRIBUTE DESCRIPTION: REGULAR CMS BLOCK DESCRIPTION: EMAIL CMS BLOCK
General information Section provides details regarding the locales for which the block is available, its current status, block template, and time period during which it is visible on the Storefront. Template defines the layout of the Email CMS Block. The rest is irrelevant.
Placeholders Section shows the translation of the block title and content per locale. Displays the content of placeholders for each locale.
Category list Section contains a list of category pages on which the block appears. Irrelevant.
Product lists Section contains a list of product detail pages on which the block appears. Irrelevant.

Editing placeholders

To edit a placeholder:

  1. On the Overview of CMS Blocks page in the Actions column, click Edit Placeholder next to the block you want to update.
  2. On the Edit Block Glossary: [Block ID] page, you can update a title or content of the CMS block, as well as insert a content item widget. For more details, see Adding content item widgets to a block.
  3. To save the updates, click Save. The updated block is displayed on the grid of List of CMS Blocks.

Tips & tricks
On the Edit Block Glossary: [Block ID] page, you can do the following:

  • Edit a block general information and layout by clicking Edit block in the top right corner of the page.
  • Make a CMS block invisible on the store website by clicking Deactivate in the top right corner of the page.
  • Make a CMS block visible on the store website by clicking Activate in the top right corner of the page.
  • Return to the list of CMS blocks by clicking Back to list in the top right corner of the page.

Editing blocks

To edit a CMS block:

  1. On the Overview of CMS Blocks page in the Actions column, click Edit Block next to the block you want to update.
  2. On the Edit CMS Block: [Block ID] page that opens, you can perform the following actions on the CMS block:
    • Specify a locale where the store will be available.
    • Select a template of the block.
    • Change the block name.
    • Define the validity period for your block to be visible on the Storefront.

Tips & tricks
On the Edit CMS Block: [Block ID] page, you can do the following:

  • Return to the page where you can edit block title and content. For this, click Edit placeholders in the top right corner of the page.
  • Make the CMS block invisible on the store website by clicking Deactivate in the top right corner of the page.
  • Make the CMS block visible on the store website by clicking Activate in the top right corner of the page.
  • Return to a list of CMS blocks. To do this, click Back to list.

Reference information: Editing blocks

The following table describes the attributes on the Edit CMS Block: [Block ID] page.

ATTRIBUTE DESCRIPTION: REGULAR CMS BLOCK DESCRIPTION: EMAIL CMS BLOCK
Store relation Store locale for which the block is available. Irrelevant.
Template Defines the layout of the CMS Block. Defines the layout of the Email CMS Block.
Name Name of the block. Name of the block. Should correspond to the name defined in the email template the block is assigned to.
Valid from and Valid to Dates that specify how long your active block is visible on the Storefront. Irrelevant.
Categories: top Block or blocks assigned to a category page. The block is displayed at the top of the page. Irrelevant.
Categories: middle Block or blocks assigned to a category page. The block is displayed in the middle of the page. Irrelevant.
Categories: bottom Block or blocks assigned to a category page. The block is displayed at the bottom of the page. Irrelevant.
Products Block or blocks assigned to a product details page. Irrelevant.

Activating or deactivating a CMS block

You can make a CMS block either active (visible on the store website) or inactive (invisible on the store website).

To activate a CMS block:

  1. On the Overview of CMS Blocks page in the Actions column, click Activate next to the block you want to update.
  2. The status will be changed from Inactive to Active. The CMS block with the updated status will appear on the grid of CMS blocks.

To deactivate a CMS block:

  1. On the Overview of CMS Blocks page in the Actions column, click Deactivate next to the block you want to update.
  2. The status is changed from Active to Inactive and the block is removed from the store website. The CMS block with the updated status appears on the grid of CMS blocks.