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This is a Grandmaster+ feature. To get access, Join the Worldbuilder's Guild!

Content Trees let you organise your articles in a very visual way through the use of interactive charts. You can use them to display the organisation hierarchies, to show which spells belong to different magic schools, and more!  

Step-by-step guide

You can access your content trees from the Charts option in the sidebar. Click the Create a new Content Tree on the right to get started and fill in the different fields (the only required one is the Title). Click the create button on the right and you'll be redirected to this interface:  


Adding new items

In order to add a new item, use the Add new item box. You can select the article you want to add with the Article drop-down and choose a parent article with the Parent item one, which will classify the new item under the specified parent.   Click the Save Changes button and watch the new item appear in the left preview! You can also drag and drop items in the box on the left to change their parent articles.  

Advanced options

The above is enough to create a basic tree, but sometime you need a higher degree of customisation. While adding a new item, you can click on Show Advanced Options to edit the way the item will be displayed. The options available are:  
  • Title: you can change the display title of the article if you don't want to publicly display the actual article title.
  • Description: you can add a short description that will override the article's excerpt (if it has one).
  • Cover image: just like with the description, the cover image you add here will override the one you set in the article's Design tab.
  • Privacy status: public trees will be accessible to anyone, while private ones will only be accessible to you.
  • Subscriber groups: if the tree is private, choose who can access it. More information in the Guide to Subscribers.
  Filling in the Title field without choosing an actual article will create a "dummy item" —that is, an item with no linked article. Useful if you don't need a full article or if you are planning to write it in the future.  

Adding multiple items at once

If you have been using tags to organise your articles, you can use the Add Multiple Items tab to add all tagged articles to the tree! Just type the tag in the text box and click save. The articles you add with this method will not be structured, but you can always use the drag-and-drop system to organise them.
Rather watch a video? Check out the Quick Guide here!  




How do I delete a Tree?
Click Other actions (beneath the Save Changes button), which will reveal the deletion button. Be sure of it though, once it's gone there's no going back!
How do I delete a single item?
Click the pencil button next to the item. This will take you to an interface to edit the item's details, including a delete button.
Can I add historical events or images?
Currently, Content Trees can only have articles, using any template.
Can an item have multiple parents?
No, but they can have multiple children.
Family Trees
Generic article | Oct 29, 2023

A family tree is an interactive canvas that displays related characters with their portraits. Learn how to display a family tree within your world by creating the character articles and setting their relationships.


A closer look at the icons

Click on each of the highlighted parts of this interactive image to get the details of each icon:  
Content tree icons

Content tree presentation

Content trees can be presented in three different ways —it's up to you to choose the best one depending on the context you want them in! To get the BBCode tag to embed them in an article, use the Embed into article box at the bottom of the tree editing page and choose your preferred method.  

Textual list

Textual lists present the tree vertically, using indentations to show the relation between different items. Each item will be linked to its article (if there is one) and the advanced fields (custom title and description) will also be displayed if you used them. The cover image is the only field that has no effect on this kind of tree.   They work great in the sidebar of the articles mentioned in a tree, and your readers can use it as a table of contents to quickly navigate between related articles!

Static chart

Static charts are displayed in a tree-like structure, and are great to display, for example, the structure of an organization or the evolution of a language family. They will show the title of the item, the description, and if you mouse over them you'll get a pop-up with the beginning of the article. However, it will not display the cover image.

Interactive chart

These are an improved version of the static chart, which are specially useful for big charts. Everything is also displayed in a tree-like structure, but it includes the cover images, and when mouse over an item the description is expanded to cover the full image. You can also zoom in and out, drag the tree around, and use the search bar in the bottom left corner to quickly focus on a specific item.




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Oct 31, 2020 17:00

On your pricing page, it states that organization trees are accessible to every paying member. So I bought a paid membership and can't access them. When I try to create one, I am told I have to pay for the highest level to have access to organization trees. That seems wrong. Can you please let me know how this can get resolved? Thanks.

Oct 31, 2020 22:47

Hi! The "organization trees" in the pricing page don't refer to the feature described in this guide, this would be the "CONTENT TREES & CHARTS" feature. The organization trees you get at any level are generated automatically from an article's connections and placed at the bottom of organization articles in the same format as the static chart screenshoted in this guide.   Hope this clears up the confusion, let me know if you have more questions!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Oct 31, 2020 22:51

thank you! That helps!

Jan 23, 2021 17:42

Hi, I have connected multiple article together, but I don't get any organization tree, only a block list of the "children" article, not even the "grandchildren" article. See there: under "Silveria", there is multiple "children" article, but they don't show in "Nikarok". I've been looking all over internet for 2 days straight and can't find any clue as why it doesn't work or what i'm missing, any help??

Jan 24, 2021 20:15

Hi! I can't access the link you posted in your comment. Regardless of that, content trees are a Grandmaster+ feature, so you won't be able to use them as a Journeyman!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Jan 25, 2021 14:53

"I can't access the link you posted in your comment" sorry about that, I changed my articles without thinking about the link. But I don't want the Content Tree of Grandmaster+, only the basic Organization Tree accessible to all guild member that is suppose to create itself automatically, as shown at the 24th row of the table on , between the "GUILD-EXCLUSIVE MAP MARKERS" and "CALENDARS" or shown there:

Jan 25, 2021 14:55

or shown in this image:

Jan 25, 2021 17:20

Oh! Sorry, I misunderstood. So, these trees are generated using the relationship drop-downs you can see in some templates. For example, for an organization template, it's the "Parent organization" drop-down, in the "generic" tab (click the "Show template specific prompts & connections" button to reveal it). The location of this drop-down depends on the specific template, but it should always be called "parent [something]" or similar.   Note that this is not the "parent article" option you have in the Navigation tab. This is an entirely different system! Let me know if that helps. If it doesn't, please send me a working link so I can check on it!

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Jan 25, 2021 18:43

Thanks a lot!

Sep 2, 2022 06:12 by Anthony

Can individual content items be made private or visible to only certain subscriber groups? I'd love to be able to create a public content tree where certain items (and presumably their children) are only visible to certain players/subscribers.

Sep 2, 2022 07:55

It is! While editing an individual item, open advanced options and scroll to the bottom to find the visibility options.

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.
Mar 6, 2024 22:25

Hello, Is there a way to take an article out of an existing tree without deleting the article itself?   It seems like once you add an article that it's just stuck in that tree unless you delete it entirely.   Am I missing something? Any information would be most helpful.

Mar 7, 2024 07:46

Hi! To remove an article from a content tree:

  1. Edit the content tree
  2. Edit the item you want to remove
  3. On the right, uncollapse "other actions" and click on "delete item"
This will remove the article from the tree without deleting it.

[they/them] Creator of Black Light, a science-fantasy universe.