Content Authoring

Below you will find basic content authoring instructions for the FirefoxOS Scaling Website (FXOSS) project.


In order to author content in the FXOSS site, you will need to:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Supply the username (email) and password you
  3. Select the Admin Interface
  4. Press Login


The dashboard provides quick access to various site components. The pieces to focus on for Content Authoring are the Pages and Media Library sections under the Content category.


Pages are the primary piece of authored content as the site’s navigation and structure are derived from the created pages. To add a Page to the root of the site, click Add+ in the Pages Row. This will open a form that allows you to create a Rich Text Page:

  • Title: The title that will appear in the navigation node(s) for the Rich Text Page.
  • Status: Select Draft to hide the page from all but admin users. Publishing the page will allow all users to view the page.
  • If publication dates are required, set the optional Published from and Expires on fields
  • Show in menus allows the author to indiciate which menu(s) the navigation element should appear in. The FxOSS theme requires Top navigation bar and Left-hand tree menus to be checked in order for the node to render in a responsive manner. The footer nav is unused in this theme.
  • Subtitle of the page
  • Intro Paragraph
  • Content: This field supports WYSIWYG editing, and easy insertion of related media
  • Closing Paragraph
  • Login required protects content from anonymous users.
  • To explicitly declare additional meta data, expand the meta data tab and populate the optional fields accordingly.
  • Be sure to press Save to store the Page in the database.

Creating a Child Page is as simple as:

  1. Navigate to the dashboard
  2. Click Pages
  3. Selected the Add... dropdown next to the Page you would like to append a child too, and select Rich Text Page.
  4. Add your content as above, and Save.

Media Library

The Media Library stores upload images, pdfs, and other related media that will be linked to from within a Rich Text Page. It is accessible either from the Dashboard, or via the WYSIWYG editor while editing a Page. The Media Library supports Folders and uploading multiple files at once.

If you have all of your related media ready to upload before creating any Pages:

  1. Navigate to the Media Library from the Dashboard
  2. Create Folders (if needed) to structure your media via the New Folder button
  3. Navigate to the target folder and select Upload
  4. Press Select Files to browse your local file system for files to upload

Alternately, one may upload related media during Page authoring.

  1. Navigate to (or create a) Page
  2. In the Content field, type and select some text
  3. Click Insert/Edit Link in the toolbar
  4. Click the browse icon in the popup next to Lin url
  5. The Media Libary popup will render, and one can create folders/upload per the above instructions.
  6. Once files(s) have been uploaded, click the Select File button next to the file you want to insert.
  7. Make any additional configuration changes in the Insert/Edit Link popup
  8. Click Insert
  9. Be sure to Save changes to the Page

Other Content Types

If you need to generate an External Link as a navigation element, this can be accomplished by creating a Link object from the Pages admin section

  1. Click Pages
  2. Click Add... Link at the root of the site or as a child of an existing content node.
  3. Ensure the URL field is a valid URL
  4. Edit other fields as needed
  5. Press Save

It is possible to generate a Form from within the Admin. This is beyond the normal use case for this site. In short, similar to creating a Page, an author can generate a form to collect data from end users.

Download Agreement

The download agreement is located in the Protected_Assets section, under Agreements. Here you can see a list of all past and current agreements.

When the download agreement changes, you will need to add a new entry in the agreement list:

  1. Click Agreements.
  2. Click Add Agreement in the top right of the listing.
  3. Enter a version name and select the PDF file for the new agreement.
  4. Click Save.

You will also need to update the Download Agreement Version setting to match the version of the agreement you just added:

  1. Navigate to the Site > Settings from the Dashboard.
  2. Change the Download Agreement Version under Miscellaneous to match exactly the version of the current agreement.
  3. Press Save.


The Download Agreement Version is under Site > Settings which means it is not a global setting. Different sites correspond to different languages, and if the version specified is available in English but not the site language, users will be presented with the English version instead.

You may also see a list of signed agreements, including which specific version was signed, under the Protected_Assets > Signed Agreements section.

Updating the version of an agreement will prompt users to re-sign


When the version number of the agreement is changed, all users who previously agreed to the agreement will be prompted to resign (when they try to access restricted content). If the change to the agreement does not require a resign, simply edit the current download and upload a new version without changing the version number.

Protected Downloads

Protected downloads are media assets which require the user to sign the user agreement prior to accessing. These are a special case of assets managed under the Media Library. These assets are uploaded into a protected folder within the Media Library.

  1. Navigate to the Media Library from the Dashboard
  2. Create Folder a folder named protected (if needed) via the New Folder button
  3. Navigate to the protected folder and select Upload
  4. Press Select Files to browse your local file system for files to upload

TinyMCE Snippets

The rich content fields in the CMS use TinyMCE for editing the HTML. The templates plugin for TinyMCE allows creating reusable patterns for content. These snippets can be created and modified in the CMS via Snippets > Tiny MCE Snippets from the Dashboard. Each snippet has a title and description to help select and understand the purpose of the snippet along with the actual snippet content itself.

Once some snippets have been created they can be used by any rich text field. The template button is second to last on the right with the hover text “Insert Predefined Template Content”. When pressed it will open a pop-up with a drop-down to select a snippet based on its title. After selecting the snippet, the description and content preview should be shown. Clicking the “Insert” button on the bottom left hand corner of the pop-up will insert the previewed content into the original rich text field at the cursor location. These snippets are meant to only contain the expected layout and not the content itself. Once the snippet has been inserted you will likely need to modify the content which was inserted with the relevant text rather than the snippet placeholder.

Default Snippets

Requirements Table:

<h3 class="mini-title">Category Name</h3>
<table border="0" class="mini-table">
<td>Versions Supported</td>

Offset Title Block:

<h3 class="mini-title">Title</h3>
<p class="offset-block">Lorem Ipsum <br> <a class="follow" href="">Read More</a></p>

CSS Classes and Tables

There are a number of CSS classes defined that will allow tabular content to conform to the standard site look and feel. All of these are accessible when using TinyMCE’s Insert/Edit Table functionality. The popup window has a class selector from which you can choose one of the following options:

Default: Extends the full width of the content well.


Two Column: Extends the full width, first column set to 30%.


Mini: Extends 70% of full width.


Simple Bordered: A simple outlined table. All table cells and table headers will have solid 1px border. No additional font related styling for td or th cells.