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Master Pages

Video Transcript:

A Master Page will allow you to create a theme template for your website, so that any changes made on the Master Page will be reflected on every other page on your site that is attached to the Master Page. Generally, a Master Page will be used for the header and footer sections of a website.

To use the Master Page feature in EverWeb I am starting with a completely blank ‘Home’ page. You should see a blue area in the page list on the left hand side, which contains a ‘New Master Page button. If you do not see this, drag the splitter bar down until the area becomes visible.

I now click on the ‘New Master Page’ button. This will allow me to add a page to my Master Page list. You can choose any one of the pages from the Theme Template Chooser list.

Once I have selected one of the pages and added it, you will notice that the page will be listed in the blue Master Page area. You can rename this page if you would want, by double clicking on it, typing in the new name, and pressing enter to finish.

The page I have chosen looks like this. I can modify this master page however I want. If I click on the ‘Home’ page for my website, I see that it is still completely empty. With the Page Settings tab in the Inspector Window selected, you will see a Master Page drop down menu at the very top. The default is ‘No Selection’. If I click on the drop down menu, I can see the Master Page that I just added. When I select my Master Page it will be applied to my blank ‘Home’ page. Notice that everything on the Master Page now appears on my ‘Home’ page.

If I go back to the Master Page and make a change, that same change will then appear on my ‘Home’ page. On my ‘Home’ page, any item that appears from the Master Page must be modified on the Master Page itself. In other words, you cannot select any of the objects that come from the Master Page on a non-Master Page.

This feature makes building websites so much easier. As mentioned earlier, the Master Page feature will typically be used on a website’s header and footer as those sections of a website are usually the same across all pages of a website, while the body area of the site tends to be unique from page to page.

If you want, you can have Multiple Pages so that you can apply different masters to different pages on your site.