This documentation describes conceptual considerations for the information architecture of the higher education package. This is a “guideline” for the structure of the main menu and adding content.
The TYPO3 backend layouts are used to structure the content on a page (see Page Layouts). Editors can use different columns to structure their content. If a row of columns is not used, it’s not displayed in the frontend, so no “empty areas” show up.
Since the design of your website will probably differ from the design of the higher education default template, you will most likely want to add your own page layouts with your custom areas where content elements can be placed. It’s always a good idea to have a look at the configuration files provided by the higher education package itself, in this case you find the page layouts in the folder Configuration/PageTS/BackendLayouts/.
In order to create content on the website, different content elements are provided by the higher education package. These are eg. headers, texts and images, see Content Elements.
Each content element does have its own dedicated template which is typically at a very low complexity level. So if you want to customize a certain content element as an integrator without overwriting all the content elements that can easily be done. That allows you to update the higher education package to new versions in the future and if content element templates change, you will only have to adapt those templates you adopted in your custom sitepackage. Integrators can also add their own content elements if they wish.
(as a developer see Content Elements)
Plugins provide more advanced functions and generate content, too:
Videos (Youtube and Vimeo)
Person database (if feature is activated)
News (if feature is activated and extension “news” is installed)
Menu elements (eg. menu of subpages, menu of content elements on a page)
Search / Faceted Lists Plugin (if feature is activated and extension “ke_search” is activated)