How to Make a Template?

Write your first template directly!

Preparation Work

At the admin dashboard of a site, make sure the Template Priority is Custom Template now.

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And you should have some artiles under your site now, then open FarBox Code Editor:

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Create template files

create index.jade( this one will control the contents of homepage), codes bellow:

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html
    head
        title= site.title
        load("/template/style.scss")
    body
        for post in posts
            .post
                .content= post.content(1000)
                .title —— <{{post.title}}>
        .pager
            if pager.has_pre
                a.pre(href= pager.pre_url) <
            if pager.has_next
                a.next(href= pager.next_url) >

Create style.scss (this one will control the styles of a page), codes bellow:

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body {
    font: normal 14px Arial, Helvetice, Verdana, sans-serif;
    line-height: 1.9em;
    color: #666;
    width: 600px;
    margin: 0 auto;
    padding-top: 50px;
}

.post {
    margin-bottom: 130px;
    .title {
        margin-top: 30px;
        text-align: right;
    }
}

.pager {
    a {
        text-decoration: none;
        color: #ddd;
        font-size: 72px;
        &:hover {
            color: #111;
        }
    }
}

Start to change the codes!

Now, you should also open other window (not IE browser) to view your own site...

  1. modify index.jade, and set 1000 to 10 in line 8.
  2. modify index.jade at line 9, change <{{post.title}}> to
  3. modify style.scss at line 4, replace color: #666; with color: red;
  4. .etc

If you knew something about HTML/CSS, you will find custom a template is really simple and friendly; even you knew nothing about HTML/CSS, try to modify anything in the template file, the real page will be re-rendered or refreshed automatically in realtime.

Feel interested, and want to learn more?

We recommend you to do it follow the three steps bellow:

Step 1, Find the Template Folder

Assume your current site folder is Dropbox/APPs/FarBox/MyBlog/.

The template files are under Dropbox/APPs/FarBox/MyBlog/template/, if the folder not exists, create it first.

And Dropbox/APPs/FarBox/MyBlog/template/index.jade will be your homepage.

Step 2, Download a Template Package

Maybe you should try our default template first.

And there are some repos we host on Github. Of couse, you can also Search other people's template packages.

After downloaded a template package, you need to put the template files into your template folder.

Here are some errors of location:

Dropbox/APPs/FarBox/MyBlog/template/index.jade --> correct

Dropbox/APPs/FarBox/MyBlog/template/Name/index.jade --> error
Dropbox/APPs/FarBox/MyBlog/template/Name/template/index.jade --> error

Step 3, Know Some FarBox Template Syntax

head
    if site.title
        title= site.title
body
    for post in posts
        h1= post.title

Is this Template API Syntax beautiful? Details refer here FarBox Template Syntax

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