Working with Content Templates

  • Posted on May 09, 2011

Content templates not only make setting up your theme super easy, but also saves you lots of time. Think of content templates as snippets or starter layouts. Whenever you crete a new Page or Post in WordPress, you can insert a predefined layout specific to your theme's styles. In this tutorial, we'll go over just how to do this.

Create a Page or Post in WordPress

Select Pages → Add New.

Open the Content Templates

Click the "Insert Content" button in the editor while in visual mode.

Choose a Content Template

A popup (or modal) window appears. 1.) Choose from one of the predefined layouts to insert into your Page and then 2.) click the 'Insert Content' button.

Tip: Add More Space to Your Screen

Depending on your screen resolution, you may or may not be able to see all the content in the editor window. If you're on a widescreen monitor, you should be ok, but if you find yourself scrolling side to side, you can disable the right sidebar in your WordPress admin panel. At the top right of the screen, click 'Screen Options" then select 1 for number of columns.

Content is Ready for Editing

You can now begin editing your content in style.

Additional Notes - Layout

Before publishing, (unless the content template specifies a sidebar) make sure that the layout is set to "wide".

Additional Notes - Style

If your theme supports Page templates (most do), you can choose alternate display styles. These settings are good options to test in order to see what works best for your site.

Video Summary

See content templates in action.

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