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If you want to have certain information appear on every page in your site or subsite, you may want to create a template to use when creating those pages. Every element you put on the template (in the table of contents or the content well) will subsequently appear on pages that are created with that template. Changes or updates only need to be made on the template, instead of on every page individually.
To create a new template, first create a new page in the site or subsite where the template will reside or navigate to the page that you wish to turn into a template. You can choose any template from the Template Gallery to create this page, including another Colby custom template. If this is your first template, you may want to start with the simple 1 x 1 base template.
When you are in Author mode on the page from which you will create the template:
The Save As Template Dialogue box will open:
There are two options:
Click on Next.
The Save Current Page as a Template dialogue box will open.
Click on Finish.
A window will open confirming the creation of your template.
Click on OK to view the new template.
Similar to regular pages, you can view and change the properties of your template. Under the Page & Template Management icon, select Page Properties to display the Template Properties window. It will look like this:
Any templates you create will appear in the My Templates category at the bottom of the Template Gallery window:
In addition, depending on the template security configuration, they may appear in another category in the Template Gallery. In order for your template to appear in the Template Gallery for any users, you must submit the template for public use. Under the Page & Template Management icon, select Submit Template for Public Use.
To see select the category where the template will appear, open the Page (Template) Properties dialogue box (under the Page & Template Management icon) and see what Category is selected in that drop-down menu.
In this case, in the Administrative Templates category, you would see your template:
You may now begin adding elements to the template's table of contents or the content well. Items added in the content well will appear at the top of the content well on any pages created with that template.
Before you activate your template, you should configure security and inheritance properties for your template. Click here for more information.
Adding a Link List to the Table of Contents (TOC)
To add a link list (similar to those in the toc on this page), click on "Click to insert new element" in the toc.
Select Manual TOC Entry and click on Next.
In the "Before Label" text box, type in your heading.