Chapter 7 Content Aggregation


This chapter will discuss the aggregation of content and what tools are offered to organize content in your CMS.

  • Why do we need to aggregate content?

  • What are the differences between static and dynamic aggregations?

  • How do categories, tags, and taxonomies play into the aggregation of content?

  • What functionality do different CMS offer around creating different types of aggregations?

  • What are some of the difficulties of rendering aggregations, and when is an aggregation really a managed content object?


On what a content geography is, and how content objects are often spatially related to each other.

Most every system has some core method of organizing content. Very rarely do editors just throw content into a big bucket–normally, content is created somewhere, which means it exists in a location relative to other content.

Much like geography refers to the spatial relationship of countries, content geography refers to the spatial nature of content–where it exists “in space,” or how it is organized relative to the content "around" it.

The quotes in that last paragraph underscore the idea that we're trying to place some physical characteristic on an abstract concept. Geographies attempt to treat content as a physical thing which exists in some location in a theoretical space representing the domain of all of your content.