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Editing a Template

Edit Template

Main Editing Area

The large form field in this page enables you to edit a Template.

View Rendered Template

The View Rendered Template tab at the top of the page allows you to see what your template looks like rendered in your web browser.

Note:  Some templates will not render properly unless the URL contains certain information. For example, a typical comment page requires that the URL contain the ID of a specific entry. If some of the dynamic aspects are missing from your template when you view it it's likely because the URL doesn't contain information that is present when your template is viewed via your site.

Save Revision

If you have enabled the Template Versioning feature you'll see a checkbox that lets you choose whether to save a revision of your template. You can then look at any past revisions using the View Revision History pull-down menu at the top of the template. To enable Template Versioning visit this page in your Control Panel:

Templates > Global Template Preferences > Save Template Revisions

Template Notes

The Template Notes tab enables you to save notes and information about your template. This information is available only in this page.

Template Size

The Template Size field allows you to change the size of the main editing form in this page. The change you make will be applied globally to all templates, but only for your particular membership account. Each member of your site that has Template editing privileges can set their own Template Size so that the editing field fits the size of their particular computer monitor and web browser.

Export Template

This immediately downloads an editable file of the currently displayed template. Files are saved with an appropriate extension based on their template type, e.g. Web Page templates are saved as .html, RSS Page templates are saved as .xml, etc.

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