A stack can be defined as a pool of data or a container that holds all the content/assets related to a site. It is a collaboration space where multiple users can work together to create, edit, approve, and publish content.
This is the first page that will appear once you log in. Since Contentstack is capable of handling multiple stacks, you will see a list of stacks that you have access to. As a Developer, you can invite users to a stack. The invited users can then log in to the platform and start working with you on a stack with the rights and access you have assigned to them.
Once you log in to Contentstack, click on the ‘+ New Stack’ link to create a new stack. In the ‘Create New Stack’ dialog box that appears, enter a suitable 'Name' (mandatory field) and 'Description' (optional field) for the stack. For the 'Master Language' field (mandatory), select a language that you wish to set as the primary language of the stack. Then click 'Create'.
Since this is a new, empty stack, you will be prompted to create or import a content type. Learn more about content types here. You can create as many stacks as you like.
Let’s assume that we want to create an online news site that publishes latest news regularly. So, we will create a corresponding stack in Contentstack named My News. Let’s have a look at a short video that shows how to create this stack.
To edit a stack, go to Settings > Stack. The General section on the left displays the basic info of your stack. You can edit the Name and Description of the stack from here. On the right, under API Credentials, you will see the stack’s API key and access token fields as well as quick links to the API reference.
If you are the owner of the stack, you can delete or transfer the ownership of the stack. If you are collaborator or an invited user, you can stop collaborating by clicking Leave Stack.
Let’s have a look at a short video that shows how to edit a stack.
Only the owner/creator of the stack has the permission to delete the stack. To delete a stack, go to Settings > Stack, and click Delete Stack.
Let’s have a look at a short video that shows how to delete a stack.
A collaborator or an invited user can stop collaborating on a stack. To do this, go to Settings > Stack, and click Leave Stack.
Dashboard is the home page for your stack.
It is a collection of widgets that allows all stack users (developers, stack owners, administrators, and content managers) to view and navigate to recently modified assets and entries of the stack, and do a lot more.
You can customize your dashboard view as well as add new widgets through extensions.
Let's learn more about the Dashboard and understand how to use it
The Dashboard provides two widgets by default. Let’s understand what these two widgets are.
This widget displays the list of entries that were recently edited by any user of the stack. When you click on any entry, you will be directed to the entry page, where you can view the content or make changes as per your requirement.
Along with the list of entries, you can also see who modified the entry and at what time. This widget allows you to view a maximum of 10 entries modified recently.
This widget displays the list of assets that were recently modified by any user of the stack. In the list, you can also view the date/time of modification and the users who modified the assets.
Along with the list of assets, you can also see who modified the asset and at what time. This widget allows you to view a maximum of 10 assets modified recently. When you click on any asset, you will be directed to the asset page, where you can view the asset or make changes to it.
The Dashboard is the stack’s homepage. To access the Dashboard, follow the steps given below:
The Dashboard page has the same default widgets that we just discussed above.
You can customize the stack dashboard view, i.e., show or hide widgets and sort widgets, for yourself. Let’s understand how these customization features work.
You can show or hide dashboard widgets placed on your stack dashboard by performing the steps given below:
You can sort the dashboard widgets that appear on your stack dashboard by performing the following steps:
Note: The changes that you save (i.e., if you show or hide a widget) to your preferences, now work everywhere, irrespective of the browser or device you use.
Contentstack also allows you to create customized Dashboard Widgets using extension for personalizing your dashboard further. Read more about Dashboard Widgets.