Making your First Template documentation for the dotCMS Content Management System

To ad your first Template to dotCMS, click on Templates from the drop down menu under the “Site Browser” tab.

Next, click on the “+Add Template” button and choose a “Template Designer” Template. Form information on Advanced Templates, see the Advanced Templates Tutorial.

In the Theme drop down menu, choose an existing theme you'd like to use to help format/style your new Template. For this tutorial, we are using the “one-pager” theme that comes with the dotCMS demo starter.

After choosing a Theme, use the following options to customize your Template layout:

  1. Sidebar: Add a left or right hand sidebar column at a configurable width percentage
  2. Header or Footer: Use the checkboxes to add the theme's header and/or footer in your Template layout
  3. Body Row Columns: Choose from a variety of Column layout options to layout one or more Container columns

Next click the “+Add Container” button for each of your body columns and add the custom container(s), you have previously created in the Container Tutorial.

Add a Name for your new Template, and click the “Save and Publish” button. You can now use your new Template to create new dotCMS pages.