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Building a Template

The process of building a template to be used for creating multiple sites, is quite similar to the process of building a site, with the difference of making sure you make it general enough so it can be used smartly for different sites later on
  1. Choose a Wireframe template or a blank one
  2. In the Site settings:
    • You can change the site width to whatever needed. By default it is set to 990px
    • Make sure that the language is set to “English” by default and the Orientation is Left to Right (for English sites, customize as needed for different languages)
    • Set tags to your template, and separate the tags using the semicolon (;). Try to be as general as possible and include as many related tags as possible
  3. Set the Color Palette- choose from the presets as is or customize a preset palette. We recommend to modify only the five main colors (located in the first row of the palette) as it will affect the whole palette and generate shades options automatically
  4. Set the Layout of the site - “Horizontal”, “Plain” or “Vertical”
  5. Build the Master page:
    • Create the structure
      • Header - customize from presets or build new
      • Footer - customize from presets or build new
      • Sidebars - optional
      • Content Top/Bottom - optional
  6. Design the theme:
    • Page style (headings, text, links, hovers, content background)
    • Sections design - Header, Footer, Side panel (if relevant), Content Top/Bottom (if relevant)
  7. Pages- create pages using the "add page" feature
  8. SEO- fill in the tags for the site and pages using macros, for example:seo tags cms
  9. Save the site as a Template. It will be added to your Templates Tab in the admin dashboard
  10. Set the template as "Show to all" in the admin dashboard for public availability in the site building process
  1. Do not enter specific business data in the site. Enter generic data in the template account portal, under Data
  2. Use CMS macros throughout the template
  3. Useful CMS macros:
    useful cms
  4. Cross platform adaptation:
    • The tablet and Facebook versions of the site in the builder are similar to the web version, except of sections (header, footer etc. needs to be rebuilt to fit the platform)
    • In the mobile version of the site you need to adapt the structure because it has different usability and layout
    • Set sizes only by using % and not by using absolute numbers in pixels, so the cross platform adaptation is optimal
    • Inherit the web master page style for master pages in the other platforms
  5. Do not use the 5 extra colors that are below the palette colors so that it is possible to change the color palette for a specific site
  6. Link all pages to a master page
  7. Set one master page as "Default master page" so that new pages created through the "Add page" feature will generate the desired page structure automatically