The Reference component allows users to reference a different component from another page (or source) in the site and display a copy of that content on their page. When content is updated in the original location, it will also update here. Some components are ineligible for referencing, but when allowed helps CMS Authors to better provide more up-to-date content.
The Reference component may be used to feature related content on a page from another page in your site or another page in the CMS.
The Reference component may be used in any column container in any position on a CMS page. However, the content you reference must be the same size as the container you choose to display the referenced content. For example, 2-column content will only display properly in a 2-column container. Rich text is the only exception to this rule.
Currently there is no way for the CMS to alert you if someone is referencing your content or to tell you when content you have referenced has been removed. If you have referenced content you did not create and the content author deletes that content, it will also be deleted from your page.
When referencing content, notify the content's author and ask that they notify you if they decide to remove it.
Hint: If you intend to reuse content often, create a hidden page on which you store your content and use the Reference component to reference it. This will mean when editing your content, you only have to go to a single page to do so.
When using the Reference component, making sure that you know where the original version of your content is kept is essential in managing it, especially if it's shared in multiple places throughout the NYU website.
We recommend that you create a hidden page on which to store your shareable content and use the Reference component to reference it. Then when editing your content, you only have to go to a single page.
CMS page containing a referenced component yields a layout error on the live NYU website and the referenced content does not appear.
This occurs when a referenced component has changed location on its original page. The path to referenced content includes the column location of the original component within the page and so any alternation to that location will create an error. In order to fix this, recreate the path to the component by completing steps 3-10 again.
YouTube videos inserted into pages through the Video Player component are not able to be referenced on other pages.
Instead of referencing the video, insert a new Video Player component on that page.
Updated December 2015