Creating your first asset

In Working with assets you learned that you manage every element you use to build a website using assets.

When you build websites using Matrix, you often use a single system to create several websites. Given that a small website can often contain many different assets, you need a sensible way of managing all the assets relating to a site.

Using folder assets to contain site assets

The most common way of solving this challenge is to create a top-level folder in your asset tree to store all assets for a website or content project. Under this folder you can start to store all assets relating to your site, including:

  • Site designs and paint layouts

  • Metadata schemas

  • Workflow schemas

  • Standard pages

  • Images

  • Documents.

Create your first assets in your Matrix system

Get started by creating an area in your asset tree within your Matrix system.

Watch the video to learn how, or read the procedure for more details.

  1. Open the Create asset menu using one of the following methods:

    • Select New in the asset tree.

    • Right-click on an empty space in the asset tree.

  2. Select Folder from the asset list.

  3. Click the position in the asset tree where you want to create your content area:

    • a line between assets puts the folder between the assets.

    • a box around an asset puts the folder under the selected asset as a child.

    If you right-click on an asset and select New child, you create the asset as a child of the selected asset.
  4. Click Create here from the menu.

  5. Give the folder a descriptive Name. For example, My first website.

  6. Select Save.

You now have a location where you can start to add other assets to begin building your website and adding content.

You can import website templates offered on Squiz Marketplace into your Matrix system to get started quickly with your website build.

Next steps

  • Creating your first site and content page introduces the asset types you use to build websites with, and shows you how to combine these asset types into a basic website structure you can view in your browser.