Work with the Page Layout Editor
The Page Layout Editor lets you create and modify CuteSITE Builder page layouts. Its page area looks like the page area of a regular CuteSITE Builder page, but it has very different capabilities, and instead of the CuteSITE Builder map the Page Layout Editor has a specialized toolbar.
Page layouts are "looks" that are applied to every CuteSITE Builder page. CuteSITE Builder applies the Text page layout to new pages until you choose a different layout for new pages.
If you did not mean to enter the Page Layout Editor, and just wanted to unlock some text, click Finished to exit.
Create a new page layout
1. Choose Format > Edit Page Layouts to enter the Page Layout Editor, if you have not already done so.
2. Click New Page Layout. A dialog box appears.
3. Type a name for the new layout.
4. For Based on, choose the existing layout that is most similar.
5. Click OK. You can now adjust any aspect of the page layout.
6. When you complete your edits, click Finished.
Create a new page layout from a model page
1. Access the page you want to use as a model.
2. (Optional) If it contains unique content you want to save, copy it and use the copy as a model.
3. Choose Edit > Define Page Layout.
4. Enter a name for the new layout.
5. Click OK to enter the Page Layout Editor with the new model. You can now adjust any aspect of the page layout.
If there is any content from the model page that you do not want repeated on every page that uses this layout, be sure to remove it.
7. When you complete your edits, click Finished.
Comprehensively revise the current page layout
Within the Page Layout Editor, you can adjust every aspect of the appearance and behavior of the pages to which the current layout will be applied. Some aspects are obvious; others are not. In most cases, you work exactly as you do in adjusting a regular CuteSITE Builder page, while remembering that your choices will ultimately affect multiple pages, not just one.
The following edits could potentially be involved in the revision of a page layout.
1. Choose which page areas display, and in what priority: right-click in the page area and choose Properties > Page, and then choose the Page Area tab.
If borders are not displaying correctly, click their names and then either display or hide them accordingly. You can also view and adjust border priority here.
Important In the Page Layout Editor, pages appear as if they are both on a sequence and involved in up and down links. Borders whose display is conditional always appear, so that you can easily edit them.
2. Now that all page areas are displaying as you expect, adjust the properties of each page area: right-click in each and choose Properties > Page Area.
Visual properties include size, colors of the background and edges, and the presence of a background picture, if any.
Textual properties include text margins, the characteristics of default text (text typed by users, before the users apply paragraph styles or formatting overrides) and the link colors used during HTML export.
3 Add static content, or boilerplate, to some of the borders as needed.
Important All content you add to the layout will be applied to every page that uses this layout, and it will become static text, so that it can be edited only with difficulty (by choosing Unlock Static Text).
Fields let you include standard information, such as a title or summary, on each page.
You can add a basic link , such as a link to the Table of Contents or copyright data, to every page.
If you have HTML code you need on several pages you can Insert HTML code into templates.
4. Adjust the prompt text, if any, that appears in the visible page areas: right-click and choose Properties > Page, and then choose the Advanced tab.
Optionally, on the same tab, you can adjust how this layout will handle remapping of content from other layouts. Note that doing so may create compatibility problems between your design and CuteSITE Builder designs.
5. When you complete your edits, click Finished.
6. Apply your new layout to several pages to test it.
You can enter the Page Layout Editor by choosing any of the following: Format > Define Page Layout, Format > Edit Page Layout, or Tools > Page Layout Editor. You can also enter this editor by starting to unlock static text.
Page layouts you create or modify are only available in the current file. You must save your changes in the Web design if you want the modified or new page layout to be available in other files to which you apply the Web design. You can also create a Web design by saving your changes as a file with a .TLD extension.
All page layouts in a CuteSITE Builder design share a similar look. If you adjust borders in one layout, you may want to adjust them in other layouts to support a consistent look across your files.
When you click Finished, your changes will be applied within all pages that use the current page layout, wherever other paragraph styles (other than the area's default style) have not been used.
You can undo up to ten actions within the Page Layout Editor, but not actions from before you entered.
If your layout will be shared by others, bear in mind that the elements you add to the layout will be applied to every page that uses this layout. Text on the layout, including fields and links, will be static text, so that it can be edited only with difficulty (by choosing Unlock Static Text). A lock cursor indicates the presence of static text.
The difficulty of unlocking static text helps maintain a uniform appearance of pages. However, writers who do not want a particular section of static text will have to unlock it frequently. If you find yourself frequently unlocking static text, consider creating your own layouts.
If you include text or pictures in the page layout that you later decide you do not want, you can re-edit the page layout using either of these two methods. You must then also save the changes in the Web design again.
Creating a layout "based on" another layout simply lets you get started quickly. Once you name them, new layouts do not inherit any further characteristics or changes from the layouts they were based on.
To delete a page layout, select it in the Page Layout Editor and choose Format > Delete Page Layout.
For more information about modifying and creating page layouts for Web designs, see Hints for Creating Web Designs.