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Field settings

Field settings

Created by Contensis product team, last modified by r.bromley on 23 May 2023


The Name property describes the field content. The Name entered here will be displayed to an author when creating an entry. It's used to identify the chunk of content. This Name is also sanitised and used to generate the Field ID

The Name field is limited to 50 alphanumeric characters or symbols. The words sys and entryTitle are reserved words and cannot be used.

Field ID

The Field ID is used to identify the field within a content type through the API. The Field ID is automatically generated when creating a Name and sanitised for use as the Field ID.

Field IDs have to be unique within a content type. If you attempt to use a Name that is already in use then a number will be appended to the Field ID.

The Field ID is limited to 50 alphanumeric characters. Symbols are not supported.

Default value

The Default value property sets the initial content for a field when an entry is first created. If no change is made by an author when editing the entry then the default value will be used.

For example, default location fields are set to London. So, if the default location isn't changed, that entry will be set to London.

The type of default value input will vary between field editors. Not all field editors support default values.


Some fields support different Formats of data. By changing the data Format you are specifying the type of data that is stored and returned via the API.

Depending on the Format you specify, you may be provided with different types of field editor for the field.

For example, if you were to select the date field and change its Format from single to range, you would see a set of editors that support date from and date to.

Title and slug field

The title field is used to identify content in the editor interface. The title is also used to generate a unique human readable and SEO-friendly identifier known as a slug. Both the title and slug are avaliable through the Delivery API.

A content type requires a single text field to be set as the Title in order to be published.

The first text field added to the content type will be used as the Title field. If you decide you want to use another field for your Title field, you can change it at a later date.

You can choose to display the slug editor if you want your authors to be able to update the slug field.

Description field

The Description field can be used to help identify similar entries in the editor and is also available in the Delivery API. A description cannot be set on a field that is the entry title.

Thumbnail field

The Thumbnail field provides a way of visually identifying entries in the editor, as well as providing a consitent way to identify thumbnails in the Delivery API as an entryThumbnail alongside entryTitle and entryDescription.

Read only

The read only property prevents an author from editing the contents of a field in the entry editor. This is especially useful if you are importing content from an external data source in to an entry that must not be changed by an author.