What is the Template Builder, What do I need to know?

Template Builder is a built-in tool that lets you create custom page layouts we call templates to use within your pages or posts. Templates are built by adding modules. Modules are predefined pieces of code that present content in the front of the website following the settings of the module. Templates with modules give you the ability to add (the same) extra content to any pages or (custom) posts. Templates give you the ability to create if you want to do so, a different layout for every page. Templates are an easy way to design your layouts which you can add to the default content of a page or post.

The Most Important Module is the Content Row

The most important module is the content row as this is the master container for building your template layouts. The Content Row can be added multiple times in a template and can have different layout settings each time (fullwidth, content width based on your theme settings & sidebar layout).

Row Notes :

Note: There are two modules that can contain other modules. These modules are called rows (Header, Footer, Content) and columns. They are containers in which you can drag and drop other modules which present the actual data.

Note: The (Header, Footer, Content) Row Module can contain column modules. A column module can contain other modules but it can never contain a (Header, Footer, Content) row module.

Note : The (Header, Footer, Content) Row Module are so to say the master modules. They can have color settings applied to that row only and can have a custom background (image/color).

Note: The Content Row can be set to full width or content width (theme setting in the styling option) and can have a sidebar layout. You can have as many Content Rows in a template as you wish but you can only have one Header and one Footer Row.

The Power of Templates & Modules

Note: Modules with textboxes do support shortcodes.

Note: Some Modules pull certain content. Depending on the module you add you can adjust its settings and make specific content appear different on your page. F.e. a product list, a blog list, a portfolio list, sliders, and many more.

Note : You can create and add as many templates as you want. You can only assign one template to a page or post at a time.

Note: Templates can be exported and imported into another website. No need to redesign your templates. This way as a designer you can quickly set up a website for your clients as you can already have your templates designed at a completely different (for the outside not viewable/hidden) server.

Note : Modules can be cloned within the same content row or copied from one content row and pasted into another content row.

Note: The RTTheme 18 Theme comes with a number of default templates which you can adjust or delete. You can always reset the template system to default again. This will delete all your custom templates. So make sure you export first the templates you want to keep. You can import them later again after the reset of the template builder system.

Note : Using the template builder is not a must. But once you discover its power we know for sure you can’t live without it.

Note: Every page or post you create has (body) text. The default content. The story you want to tell in that page or post. When attaching a template to such a page you have to make sure that content is shown in the front of your website. Therefore a very important module is de Default Page / Post Content Module as that module pulls in that content you have added in the page or post content editor field into the page at the location where you inserted the Default Page / Post Content Module in the Template.