What are Attributes?


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Attributes in Concrete CMS are a fundamental feature that significantly enrichs the data management capabilities of your website. They are essentially metadata elements that can be attached to various objects within the site, such as pages, files, users, and more. These attributes store additional information and can range from basic text inputs to more complex data types.

Understanding the Concept of Attributes

Definition and Functionality

Attributes act like labels or tags, but with more sophistication and flexibility. They store extra details about an object, going beyond the basic properties like name or date created. For example, a file attribute could be its color, while a user attribute could be a preference or skill level.

Types of Attributes

  • Text: For simple textual information.
  • Date/Time: To store date and time-related data.
  • Select: Dropdown menus for selecting from predefined options.
  • Number: To store numerical values.
  • Boolean (Yes/No): For binary choices.

Importance of Attributes

Attributes are crucial for extending the functionality of your CMS. They allow for:

  • Enhanced Organization: Categorize and sort objects more effectively.
  • Improved Searchability: Find objects based on specific attribute criteria.
  • Customized User Experience: Display content based on attribute values.

Practical Applications of Attributes

In File Management

  • Descriptive Tags: Add descriptive tags to files for better organization.
  • Search Filters: Use attributes as filters in advanced file searches.

For User Profiles

  • Extended Profiles: Store additional information about users, like contact details or preferences.
  • Custom User Fields: Add custom fields to user registration forms.

On Web Pages

  • SEO Enhancement: Use attributes for meta tags, descriptions, and keywords.
  • Content Customization: Tailor page content based on specific page attributes.

Attributes and Design

Theme Customization

Attributes can be used by theme developers to create dynamic and responsive designs. They can influence the layout or style of a page based on the attribute values.


For websites aiming to offer personalized experiences, attributes can store user preferences, displaying content that aligns with individual user interests or behaviors.