This document applies to Magnolia CMS 4.4, an old version of the product. See Release notes 4.5.1 to learn what changed since then. This document will be updated to version 4.5 shortly.
Authoring is the process of writing web content and managing it as part of the website. This includes allowing non-technical users to contribute content in an easy and intuitive manner.
Content is authored in the browser. The user interface for content authors supports in-place editing. This is a mode of working where the edited page looks and behaves just like the live page. New paragraphs are displayed next to existing paragraphs in accurate context. Authors can immediately see what effect adding a new piece of content has on the page and move the content around if needed.
When you double-click a page in the site tree in AdminCentral, the page is opened for editing.
Each page is made up of pre-defined content areas that can be controlled with templates. Editable content items within these areas are called paragraphs. Paragraph is the smallest block of content that end users can edit, delete and move as a unit. Think of paragraph as content that "belongs together". At its simplest, a paragraph consists of a heading and some text. However, it can contain almost anything: a related image, links to other articles in the same category, teased content from a sub page and much more. Editable paragraphs are identified with green toolbars.
Clicking the Edit button in the green toolbar opens a dialog. A dialog is an HTML form with fields for editing paragraph content and metadata. The data you enter into the fields is stored in the repository and ultimately rendered as a paragraph on the page.