Guide to Content Trees

  Content Trees are a Grandmaster+ Feature!
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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.
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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 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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31 Oct, 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.