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Define a New Folder Shape

Folders in Crystallize form the backbone of your website and catalogue navigation. However, folders are not merely containers for other items. They’re structured documents in and of themselves, and those structures are defined by shapes.

Just like products and documents, folders can contain and display a wide range of data and content as determined by their shapes. Each folder shape is built up from one or more components: rich text, paragraphs, and videos, just to name a few options. Think of folders as containers that can perform double duty as web pages. In fact, the page you’re reading right now is a Crystallize folder with a particular shape, which we’ve called “Learn”:

You’ll need to do some content modeling to figure out the ideal structure(s) for your own folder shape(s). Once that’s done, actually defining the shape(s) within Crystallize is straightforward.

Creating Your Folder Shape

Within the Crystallize PIM user interface, click the Shapes button on the left-hand side of the screen. From there, either click the (+) button on the top left and choose Folder, or click the Folder button in the middle of the screen. Type a name for the new shape, then hit Enter or click Create.

On the right side of the screen is a list of the components that you can add to the shape. Either left-click on them or drag and drop them to the center of the screen to add them to your shape definition. Once components have been added, you can click and drag on their left-hand tabs to reorder them, or you can click the (...) button on the right-hand side to delete them. Every component will need to be named and properly configured, which is covered in more detail in the Concepts entry for each component.

Click the Update button to save changes to the shape, or the trash can button at the top of the screen to delete the shape altogether.

Editing Folder Shapes

You can always come back and make changes to existing folder shapes, but be aware that the changes will affect all folders defined by this shape. Proceed carefully.

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