Create a Layout Template

Create a Layout Template

  • Platform
  • Evoq Content
  • Evoq Engage

A layout template defines where panes are located on the webpage and what each pane contains. The layout templates included in a theme are variations that the web designer can choose from for each page in the website, such as the home page, a gallery of photos, or a listing of products for sale.

  • The layout template must contain one or more panes. A container has exactly one pane; additional panes are ignored.
  • Exactly one of the panes must be called ContentPane (case-insensitive).
  • Each pane must have a name that is unique within the page.
  • All panes must be defined as a server control by adding runat="server" to the element.
  • A pane can be one of the following HTML elements: <td> (table cells), <div>, <p>, and <span>.
Tip: ASP.NET might modify the control names (e.g., div id) when the page is rendered to avoid duplicate control names in a page. Instead of depending on the control name when styling, add a class attribute to each of the controls and refer to those class attributes in your CSS.

Prerequisites

A local DNN installation with Host permissions.

Steps

  1. Create a new file for the layout template.

    A very basic layout template.

    • HTML
      
          <div id="ContentPane" runat="server"></div>
                                  
    • ASCX
      
          <!-- <%@ Control language="vb" AutoEventWireup="false" Explicit="True" Inherits="DotNetNuke.UI.Skins.Skin" %> -->
          <div id="ContentPane" runat="server"></div>
                                  

    A layout template with several panes, a header, a footer, and a LOGO theme object.

    • HTML
      
          <div id="wrapper">
              <div id="header">
                  [LOGO]
              </div>
              <div id="sidebar">
                  <div id="feed">
                      <a class="feed-button" href="#"> </a>
                  </div>
                  <div id="SidebarPane" class="SidebarPane" runat="server"></div>
                  <div id="sidebar-bottom"> </div>
              </div>
              <div id="content">
                  <div id="BannerPane" class="BannerPane" runat="server"></div>
                  <div id="ContentPane" runat="server"></div>
              </div>
              <div id="footer"></div>
          </div>
                                  
    • ASCX
      
          <%@ Control language="vb" AutoEventWireup="false" Explicit="True" Inherits="DotNetNuke.UI.Skins.Skin" %>
          <%@ Register TagPrefix="dnn" TagName="LOGO" Src="~/Admin/Skins/Logo.ascx" %>
          <div id="wrapper">
              <div id="header">
                  <dnn:LOGO runat="server" id="dnnLOGO" />
              </div>
              <div id="sidebar">
                  <div id="feed">
                      <a class="feed-button" href="#"> </a>
                  </div>
                  <div id="MySidebarPane" class="SidebarPane" runat="server"></div>
                  <div id="sidebar-bottom"> </div>
              </div>
              <div id="content">
                  <div id="MyBannerPane" class="MyBannerPane" runat="server"></div>
                  <div id="ContentPane" runat="server"></div>
              </div>
              <div id="footer"></div>
          </div>
                                  
  2. (Optional) Add theme objects to any pane for a more dynamic page.
    • In HTML, you can use the HTML token (example: [LOGIN]).
      
          <div id="login_style" class="user">
              [LOGIN]
          </div>
                                  
    • In ASCX, you must register the ASCX token (example: <dnn:Login ...) before using it for the first time in the file.
      
          <%@ Register TagPrefix="dnn" TagName="Login" Src="~/Admin/Skins/login.ascx" %>
          ...
          <div id="login_style" class="user">
              <dnn:Login runat="server" id="dnnLogin" CssClass="user" />
          </div>
                                  

    The following theme objects are relevant to layout templates:

    BREADCRUMB Displays the path to the current tab (> is the default separator). Example: PageName1 > PageName2 > PageName3
    COPYRIGHT Displays the copyright notice for the website.
    CURRENTDATE Displays the current date on the server.
    DOTNETNUKE Displays the copyright notice for DNN.
    HELP Displays a Help link, which sends an email to the website's administrator, using the user's default email client.
    HOSTNAME Displays the host title linked to the host URL. The host title and host URL are defined on the host settings page.
    LANGUAGE Displays the language selector dropdown list or the language flags based on the theme object attribute settings.
    LEFTMENU Displays a vertical menu layout.
    LINKS Displays a flat menu of links associated with the current tab level and the parent node.
    LOGIN Displays Login for anonymous users and Logout for authenticated users.
    LOGO Displays the website's logo.
    NAV Displays a menu according to the type specified in the ProviderName attribute.
    PRIVACY Displays a link to the Privacy Information page for the website.
    SEARCH Displays the search input box.
    STYLES Allows you to add Internet Explorer-specific stylesheets to your theme.
    TAGS Displays the Tag control allowing users to view and edit tags associated with the page or module.
    TERMS Displays a link to the Terms and Conditions page of the website.
    TEXT Displays localized text in your theme and supports the use of token replacement.
    TREEVIEW Displays a menu, similar to the Windows Explorer menu, using the DNN Treeview Control.
    USER Displays a Register link for anonymous users or the user's name for authenticated users.
    Tip: 10 Pound Gorilla's Skinning Tool is both a reference and a tool that customizes the code for DNN theme objects, based on the attribute values you specify.

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