13. Content types Views

We will create a content type through the web to match the ones that might live in plone.com. We will use them as base for further developments on the project.

13.1. Success Story

Create this content type using Control Panel->``Dexterity Content Types``->``Add new content type``. Name it Success Story, then select it, got to the Behaviors tab, and add the Blocks and the Lead Image behaviors.

13.2. Creating a view for a custom content type

Create a new file in src/components/Views/SuccessStory.jsx. Let's start simple:

import React from "react";

const SuccessStoryView = (props) => {
  return <div>I'm the SuccessStoryView component!</div>;

export default SuccessStoryView;

Then add to the configuration object:

import SuccessStory from "@package/components/Views/SuccessStory";

applyConfig(config) {

Create a new Success Story content type, fill the title and save. Your custom view should be in place.

13.3. Completing the new view

Our recently created view needs to show sensible content now. Let's add it. Edit src/components/Views/SuccessStory.jsx:

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 import React from 'react';
 import { DefaultView } from '@plone/volto/components';

 const SuccessStoryView = props => {
   return <DefaultView {...props} />;

 export default SuccessStoryView;

We are composing our view with Volto's default view component DefaultView.jsx to achieve the same features as the original one. We might want to add stuff on the top or at the bottom. In this case, DefaultView.jsx is rendering the existing blocks, however, we can have a content type with no blocks defined, then we can also modify what fields will show and how using plain JSX. On plone.com, the Success Story content type used the lead image as banner on the top. Let's achieve that:

import React from "react";
import { DefaultView } from "@plone/volto/components";
import { flattenToAppURL } from "@plone/volto/helpers";

const SuccessStoryView = (props) => {
  const { content } = props;
  return (
        className="lead image"
      <DefaultView {...props} />

export default SuccessStoryView;

and companion styling, for now removing breadcrumbs here as well:

.contenttype-success_story {
  .ui.basic.segment.header-wrapper {
    margin: 0;

  h1.documentFirstHeading {
    margin-bottom: 0;
    border: none;
    color: #00608c;
    font-size: 4.5em;
    line-height: 1.25em;

    &::before {
      display: none;

  .lead.image {
    width: 100%;

We can add any other field from the content type to the page, we only need to give it structure and styling, as desired.