Content authors use the page templates to create pages that are consistent with the site design. They do not have to waste time to configure settings that are probably consistent across the site, such as theme selection, page layout, and more.
Available page templates
Three templates are provided for immediate use: Articles, Basic, and Label. The Basic template is an empty page we can add content to.
The Articles template has two portlets that display content, Articles and List of Articles. There is also a content association between the two portlets. The List of Articles portlet displays a list of the articles that are stored in the page site area. We can select an article from the list and it displays in the Article portlet. Both of the portlets were developed from the content viewer portlet.
The Label template is a simple label. Labels are navigation elements. The label displays in the navigation, but label type page does not include content. The content of the first child page displays when you click the label in the navigation.
Custom page templates
The provided page templates are probably not comprehensive enough for the website. Based on the html prototype or wireframe for the website, we can determine common page layouts and configurations. After we identify a few common page layouts from the design, then we can create templates for the content authors. For example, if each landing page in the site includes breadcrumbs, a carousel, and a three-column content area, then create a landing page template with those elements.
When we create a template we can include portlets and portlet preferences, page layout and style selections, theme and skin settings, portlet wires for communication with other portlets, page parameters, and page descriptions. Use the Manage Pages Portlet in the administration area to create new templates.
Page templates are created in a specific area of the portal hierarchy, called Page Templates. Pages added to this area automatically appear as an available page template in the site toolbar in the Create > Page area.
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