Create Web Content in Liferay

Liferay provides CMS (Content Management System) functionality, by which we can add/update/delete various content on the fly (Without changing any code). Liferay also provides advance features like Publishing Web Content 

  • using Workflow
  • on Schedule
  • With/Without Structure and Template
  • on Staging/Production 
Web contents are scoped by Community / Organization. So you need to first decide the Community / Organization in which you need a web content.

Community:-  Community is a logical group of users, who are having common interest or skill.

Organization :- Organization is used to manage users in hierarchical manner.

Get more information about Community and Organization from

we will see how to create Simple Web content and how to access it with out of the box Web Content Display Portlet.

I will first create community named Nilang. We can create two types of pages (Public and Private) for community and on these pages, we can place various portlets (out of the box and customized).

First open control panel by clicking on Manage–>Control Panel (From top horizontal navigation bar). You must be logged in to open the control panel.

Control panel is divided in four logical sections.
  • Personal (You will find various tools which are user specific like personal pages, account etc)
  • Content (You will find various out of the box portlets (shown as various icon) scoped by community / organization like Web Content,Blogs,Wiki,Polls etc)
  • Portal (You will find various tools to manage various activities in portal instance)
  • Server (You will find various tools to manage various activities in server).

Note:- Liferay provides functionality by which we can create multiple instance of portal on single liferay server.Individual instance setting can be done through Portal section and Server (on which all liferay instance are sited) setting can be done through Server section in control panel.

We will first create community with Public page. 

I would recommend looking at index page ‘A Complete Liferay Guide‘ to browse all topics about liferay.

Creating Community :-

  • Click on Communities from portal section in control panel.
  • You will find all created communities over here.
  • To add new, click on Add button from right part of the page.
  • Give community name as Nilang (Or whatever you want). 
  • Give appropriate description (like Community for Web content testing). 
  • Keep the type as Open (Which is by by default selected) and click on Save button without touching any other options.
You will observed a new community named Nilang is created. Now We will create a public page named “Web Content”.

You will observe Action button against each community.
Click on Action button for community named Nilang and click on Manage Pages.
You will observe three links as per blow screenshot.
Web content in Liferay - add community page

  • Public Pages (By default selected)
  • Private Pages 
  • Settings.

Again under Public Pages there are another three links. 

    • Pages(By default selected) 
    • Look and Feel
    • Export / Import.

Just below that, you will observe the name of the community (Nilang) and its right side, New Page section will be displayed.

Give the name of page as “Web Content” and click on Add Page button without touching any other options.
To see the newly created page, click on tringle arrow just before the name of the community name (Nilang) as per below screenshot.
Adding Liferay Page


Click on page (Web Content) just below to Community Name (Nilang) and then from right side section click on Page link. It will show full details of this page.
Note:- You will observe Friendly URL (one of the page attribute). Its value will be something like http://localhost:8080/web/nilang/web-content.

Fact about friendly URL:-
  • All public page’s friendly URL will start with /web.
  • All private page’s friendly URL will start with /group
  • In above URL,Next to /web is /nilang. This is friendly URL of community(Nilang) and next to /nialng is /web-content which is friendly URL of this page.
  • Liferay will automatically create friendly URL of page from its name (putting all alphabets in lower case and remove space with ‘-‘ (dash) character). 
  • Liferay also create friendly URL for community with same logic. (From communitie’s name, making all alphabets in lower case and replacing all space with  ‘-‘ (dash) character).
If you want you can change the friendly URL of community. Follow below steps to modify friendly URL of community.
  • Click on Communities link from Portal section.
  • Click on Action button and again click on Manage Pages.
  • From the top three links (Public Pages(default selected link), Private Pages ,Settings), click on Settings.
  • From the first link Virtual Host (By default selected), you will observe Friendly URL (/nialng) at the end of the page.
Till now we are done with the half of the activity. Next we will create web content for community Nilang.

Creating Web Content for community Nilang

Click on header section of content in control panel. You will observed all communities and organization available as per below screenshot.
Liferay content section in Control Panel

Now click on community Nilang. After clicking on community Nilang, you will observed the title of the content section will be Nilang (The selected community) as per below screenshot.

Liferay content section in Control Panel

Now whatever content /other thing we will create, it will be scoped by Nilang Community (means it will be only available in Nilang community).

Click on Web Content from content section in control panel and click on Add Web Content button from right side section as per below screenshot.
Adding new Web content in Liferay

Now we can create actual web content.

Give name of the web content as ‘Simple Web Content‘ and in the Content section, you will observe a WYSIWYG editor with plenty of controls to create web content as per below screenshot.
Adding new Web content in Liferay


First type “This is a Sample Web Content” inside WYSIWYG editor. We will also put an image. On clicking on Image icon, pop-up window named “Image Properties” will be opened.
Adding new Web content in Liferay
Inserting Image in Liferay Web content

Now click on Browse Server button. You will see few default created folders (This folder are part of Liferay CMS and not the OS file system folder) as per below screenshot.

 Inserting Image in Liferay Web content

Click on 18-Liferay ( the number 18 may different in your case) and again click on Web Content folder in it.

You will observe few images. Now click on portal_mashup.png.

Note:- you can also give the images that are present in your system. However, this is not a window file selector so you cannot directly point the image path on your local deives. For this, first you have to upload that file to liferay CMS.
You can point the actual image on your local drive by clicking on Choose File button and then select the file and click on Upload button as mentioned in above screenshot.
Inshort, first you have to import the images on local drive into the Liferay CMS folder and then point it into your web content.
Once the images has been choose, you can give value to other options in different tabs (like Link and Advanced) in Image Properties popup window.
For simplicity, we will not give other value and will just click on OK button.
Now image will be shown into the WYSIWYG editor. We also will do some formatting. Press Ctrl + A to select all content in WYSIWYG editor and make it center aligned. After this, it will looks like,
Image showing in WYSING editor in Liferay Web content

Our web content is read to publish. Click on Publish button at the end of the page.On successfully published, you will see the entry of this web content as below.

Liferay Web Content Added

 Next we will perform activity to show this content on community’s page. We will use Out of the Box portlet named Web Content Display Portlet to show this web content.
Click on Back to Liferay(from top horizontal navigation bar) will return back to guest community(Liferay community, which is default community). Now click on Go To and click on Nilang from top horizontal navigation bar. This will open public page (Web Content) which we created.
Click on Add–>More from top horizontal navigation bar.
Just type web content display and you will observe Web Content Display portlet’s name under Content Management category . Click on add link againts it to place it on Web Content page as per below screenshot.

Once Web Content Display portlet placed on page, we need to configure it to show the web content we published.

Note:- Web Content Display portlet will display one content at a time.

Click on Configuration icon at the end of the portlet window as per below screenshot.


 On clicking on Configuration icon, it will show configuration pop up window where all published content will be displayed as below screenshot.

Selecting web content to be displayed in Web Content Display Portlet

 On clicking on this web content (on any column), the header section will show the selected web content name as per below screenshot.


Once we select the web content, just click on Save button at the end of the page. On successfully saving, it will show the success message at the top of configuration (pop up) window. After this you need to manually close it.

And its done. Our work is done. You will see our web content is being displayed by Web Content Display portlet as per below screenshot.

Web content selected is rendering in Web Content Display Portlet

If you want, you can edit web content by just clicking on Edit icon shown at the lower left corner in above screenshot. On clicking on Edit link, it will open the web content in edit mode. Click on Return to Full Page on header section of web content or <<Back link to see all changes done.

For simplicity, I created content with just one line of text and one Image.

Try some hands-on with more rich content. In my next blog, I will show how to write more complex web content with the help of Structure and Template.

I would recommend looking at index page ‘A Complete Liferay Guide‘ to browse all topics about liferay.

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About the Author: Nilang

Nilang Patel is a technology evangelist who loves to spread knowledge and helping people in all possible ways. He is an author of two technical books - Java 9 Dependency and Spring 5.0 Projects.

2 Comments to “Create Web Content in Liferay”

  1. How to know where are the files of full community’s project was creating…hmmm it’s correct to say these files are in a place of Tomcat (or any application server) ?
    Thanks for your help ! 🙂

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