Creating and editing items

Current version: 8.1

Items are the basic building blocks of your Sitecore website. An item can represent any kind of information that makes up a webpage, for example, a piece of text, a media file, a layout etc.

An item always has a name, an ID that uniquely identifies the item, and it is based on a template that defines which fields the item contains. In addition, an item can have multiple versions and multiple language versions.

You can use the Content Editor or the Experience Editor to edit, create, and insert items.

  • In the Content Editor, all the items on your website are stored in the content tree, where you can navigate to a specific item in a hierarchy.

    In the content tree, the relationships between an item and its associated items are as follows:

    • Parent – the item directly above the item

    • Sibling – an item at the same level as the item

    • Subitem – an item directly below the item.

    • Ancestors – all the items that are above the item

    • Descendants – all the items that descend from the item

  • In the Experience Editor, the items are displayed as they look on your website. The Experience Editor is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor that allows you to edit items directly on the page.


    The ways in which you can create and edit items in Sitecore can vary depending on your security settings and the way your website is setup.

In both the Content Editor and the Experience Editor, an item must be in the editing state before you can edit it. To ensure that no other content authors work on the item at the same time, you can lock an item before you start to work on it.

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