Content Architecture

Our content is heavily structured. As mentioned in How Sulu is structured?, we rely on the Symfony CMF on top of PHPCR. On this page we’ll get into the Sulu Content Architecture.

Sulu Instance

At first, you create a Sulu Instance. A Sulu instance can be seen as a single installation or one pool of data. Its real live mapping could be a company or an organization.


On your instance you’ll define webspaces. Webspaces could represent your brands and corporations. A landing page could be a single webspace.


Once you created your webpsaces, you could define languages. Pages could then be translated or mapped to another language as shadow- or ghost-pages.


As already heard in Separation of Concerns pages are configured in templates. They are created in webspaces and represent an entry in a certain menu. These pages are contained within your webspace. Once you got your setup right, you can start exploring the Sulu default structure in the backend.


A template is built up of several content types. A blog post, for example, could consist of the following content types:

  • Single line text (Title)

  • Multi line text (Infobox)

  • Richtext (Content)

  • Date (Event-Date)

  • List of Tags (Tags)

A detailed list of all the content types is covered in Creating a Page Template.


Assets are media files like images and downloads. They are shared through all the Websites on the instance.


Snippets are very similar to assets. They are small pieces of content that could be shown on several pages in several webspaces.


Contacts represent personal information. They are also used to manage Sulu Users itself.

Whatever you want

Sulu is very extensible. You got existing content you want to integrate through DBAL? Do it. An API that delivers content? Integrate it. Other Symfony bundles you’ve already coded. Integrate them.

A more detailed documentation could be found in the section About the Sulu Content Architecture.

Now you are really deep into the concepts of Sulu. So the next step is to get started. Getting Started