I'm trying to see if I can setup child templates, on a given parent template, that would show up every time the parent template is used to create an item. I tried adding the child templates to the template item itself, which it allows you to do, but after saving and refreshing the tree I created a content item using the modified template but the child items where not present. I tried this on the Standard Values item as well but no cigar. Is there some trick to this or is it just not possible?
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If I'm understanding your question right, it sounds like you need to use branch templates to do this.
A branch template will allow you to set a predefined tree structure, like a parent item with 1 or more child items. Then you would setup your insert options so that instead of inserting a new item based on the parent template, you would insert a new item based on the
When that item is created in the content tree, the child items will also be created.
Creating a Branch Template
To create a branch template, navigate to
/sitecore/templates/Branches and you can start there. Add a new
Branch and the wizard will ask you to select the item template you want to base the branch off.
Now create your structure:
Once you have done that, set the insert options to insert the new
Branch you created, and it will automatically create all the child items too.