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Chapter 4. Using HomePage > About Templates

About Templates

HomePage comes with hundreds of templates you can use to build your Web pages. These templates are essentially prebuilt Web pages into which you plug your pictures, movies, and text. Although you can publish your own Web pages that you build from scratch on your .Mac site, the .Mac templates do that work for you, so you don't have to know any HTML. All you have to supply is content. The main HomePage interface provides you with the rest, including the kinds of pages you can create, thumbnail images of the various templates, and the sites on your .Mac site (Figure 4.6).

Figure 4.6. When you first load the HomePage section of the .Mac members' Web site, you're presented with its main interface. The top portion lists all of your sites and pages within those sites in a column-style view. The bottom portion shows the templates you can use to quickly create new pages.

The templates are divided into the following ten categories (the categories and templates on .Mac sometimes change, so the ones listed here may not be a complete—or accurate—list):

  • Photo Album— Provides over two dozen templates for sharing pictures that you've uploaded to the Pictures folder on your iDisk (Figure 4.7).

    Figure 4.7. The extensive Photo Album template set is a quick way to get your digital albums online.

  • File Sharing— Helps you create an index page so that visitors can easily download files from your Movies, Pictures, Public, Sites, or Music folders (Figure 4.8).

    Figure 4.8. The File Sharing template set makes it easy to create a page allowing others to download files from your .Mac Web site (including from inside your Public folder).

  • Site Menu— Sort of the uber-template, the Site Menu template lets you create a menu page that can be used to navigate the rest of your .Mac site (Figure 4.9).

    Figure 4.9. The Site Menu template set allows you to pull together an index page that points to several other Web pages—either within your .Mac Web site or to external Web pages.

  • iMovie— Choose from over a dozen templates that let you showcase movies uploaded to the Movies folder on your iDisk (Figure 4.10).

    Figure 4.10. The iMovie template set lets you easily put your movies online.

  • Writing— Well, we've already seen templates for sharing pictures, movies, and files, so why not one for text? You get just over a dozen templates to choose from for creating text-based Web pages. These pages don't depend on your iDisk; rather, you write them by filling in some fields in HomePage (Figure 4.11).

    Figure 4.11. The Writing template set provides some attractive starting points for text-based pages, such as newsletters.

  • Resume— Looking for a job? Might be worth filling out these templates to tempt potential employers. You essentially fill in the blanks; you won't need to choose files from your iDisk (Figure 4.12).

    Figure 4.12. The Resume template set makes it easy for you to post your résumé online for others to read.

  • Baby— As of this writing, HomePage offers three templates for creating baby announcements: Girl, Boy, and Bath (Figure 4.13).

    Figure 4.13. The Baby template set helps you get the word out about that new addition.

  • Education— Specifically tailored for schools and educators, these templates include setups for school events, sports pages, school news, homework, and more (Figure 4.14).

    Figure 4.14. The Education template set gives those involved in education (such as teachers and coaches) specialized pages.

  • Invite— Throwing a party? Choose from templates that include Birthday, Football, and Picnic themes, among others (Figure 4.15).

    Figure 4.15. The Invite template set is an easy way to put up an electronic invitation to a party, sporting event, or other gathering.

  • Advanced— This template lets you publish HTML files that you've created using an external HTML editor (Figure 4.16). Although it's not technically a template (in the sense that you can't plug content into it—you build it yourself from the ground up), it's listed with all the other templates.

    Figure 4.16. One lonely template in the Advanced section allows you to integrate any HTML page into your .Mac site.

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