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Page headers and footers

Prior to Version 5 of Wild Apricot, page headers and footers were designed separately from the pages on which they appeared, and were applied uniformly to all pages on the site. Starting with Version 5, page headers and footers can be added to page templates, which form the basis of individual pages. Since different page templates can be applied to different pages, page headers and footers can appear differently on different pages.

Page headers and footers can also be added directly to pages that are based on templates without predefined header and footer content.

Designing a page header

Within a page template, the page header is simply the content that appears at the top of the template and thereby, the top of each page that is based on it. 

To modify a page template, click the Page templates option under the Website menu.

Page headers typically consists of a menu, a company logo, and maybe a banner graphic. You might want to include breadcrumbs that indicate the visitor's current position within your site's menu hierarchy. You may also choose to include a log in form or log in button within the page header, or maybe you'd prefer to see it within the body of the page.

You might even want to add an animated slideshow to your page header.

To add these elements to a page template, insert the following gadgets into layout cells or placeholders within the template:

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Menu

Menu gadget

Depending on the current website theme, the menu may be vertical or horizontal. You can control the order of menu options from the Site pages screen, and control whether a page appears in the menu from its page settings. Within the menu gadget settings, you can choose whether to include all menu pages, only pages at the top level of the menu hierarchy, or only subpages of the currently displayed page.

Logo, banner

Content gadget

You can combine text, pictures, and other content. You can format the text, using local formatting or text styles, or use ArtText to create stylized text with special effects such as drop shadows. You can layer and overlap content so that text can appear on top of a picture, for example. You can also overlay text on a graphic by setting the graphic as the background image for the content gadget as part of the gadget's settings.

Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs gadget

Each page in the menu hierarchy is displayed as a link that the visitor can use to jump up to a higher level page. The style of the links and the current page name is defined separately for each theme, and can be modified from the Colors and styles screen.

Log in form or button

Log in form gadget or
Log in button gadget

As part of log in gadget settings, you can choose whether you want the page preview to display the log in form as if the user is logged in or not logged in.

Animated slideshow

Slideshow gadget

You can display images from a folder on the Files screen or from a photo album gadget on your site.

Designing a page footer

Within a page template, the page footer is simply the content that appears at the bottom of the template and thereby, the bottom of each page that is based on it.

Page footers typically display copyright information or a disclaimer. Depending on the size of your site, you might want to display text links to selected site pages, or include a link to a sitemap of all the pages in your site menu. You might also want to include social sharing buttons that allow visitors to share the page with one or more of their social networks.

To add these elements to a page template, insert the following gadgets into layout cells or placeholders within the template:

To add...

Insert...

Details

Copyright info or disclaimer

Content gadget

You can combine text, pictures, and other content. You can format the text, using local formatting or text styles. As part of the gadget's settings, you can choose a background image or color to be displayed.

Links to selected site pages

Navigation links gadget

Within the gadget's settings, you can choose whether to link to all pages in your site menu, to pages in the top level of your menu, or to subpages of the currently displayed page.

Sitemap

Sitemap gadget

You can control whether a page appears in the menu (and therefore the sitemap) from its page settings.

Sharing buttons

Sharing buttons gadget

For each button, you can modify the HTML code used. For example, you could change the code so that the current like count does appear beside the Facebook Like button.

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