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Lesson 8. Using Templates

Lesson 8. Using Templates

If you have a large site or multiple pages that share a common design, you can create a template to speed up the production process. With a template, you can change or update the look of your site, changing multiple pages within a few minutes. Templates are useful when you have a team working together to build an area of the site. The Web designer can create a template, inserting placeholders for the parts of the page that can be edited. The overall design of the page remains locked. For example, say you have an online catalog of your products and you want all the pages to look the same except for the product picture, description, and price. If you create a template, you can have your team build the pages, and each page will look the same.

In this lesson, you will create a template from an existing page, build other pages using that template, and modify the pages by editing the template.

The advantages of templates are best seen in two situations: when you have a set of pages with an identical design and layout, or when a designer creates the look of the pages but content editors add the content to the pages. If you simply want pages with the same headers and footers but different layouts in between, use libraries (covered in Lesson 7).


In this lesson, you will:

  • Create a template

  • Add editable areas to the template

  • Remove editable areas from the template

  • Change the template highlight colors

  • Build multiple pages based on the template

  • Update a site by changing the template


This lesson should take about one hour to complete.


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