No matter if you are a district creating designs for your district website and all your schools’ websites, or if you are a single school creating the design for your website, it is a best practice to begin your design with the All Pages default design. The All Pages design should contain the overall styles you want to share throughout all the pages on your website, and not the properties you only want on a specific type of page (such as the homepage). The All Pages design eliminates the need for making multiple designs with repetition of settings. For example, if you want all the pages on your website to use school colors, a specific font type, and the same footer, you would set these properties in the All Pages design, so that the information is consistent throughout your website. But if you wanted a “Welcome to Our School” slide show presentation to appear on your school’s homepage only and not on every page of your website, you would NOT add that design feature to the All Pages design. Instead, you would add that design feature specifically to a homepage design.
Since settings in the All Pages design will be applied to all page types, you may only need this design to share the basic elements of your website, such as colors, font sizes and styles, header information, a custom menu, and footer data. However, you can create other designs for specific pages, such as your homepage or class pages where you may want to include different elements/properties.
If you want to create a design for your teachers and other group super users so their webpages contain a design that is consistent, plus you want to provide them with permissions to change the design on their webpages only, setting the All Pages design first guarantees the design properties will take effect properly. First create the All Pages design, and then provide those users with permissions to update their webpage designs. If teachers have already changed their webpage design before you set a default design for All Pages, only areas not changed by the teacher will inherit your default design so that their work is not overwritten.
Recommendations of What Design Properties to Include in the All Pages Design
See the Set Design Properties section for more information on how to set the design properties. The following table lists the properties that work best in an All Pages design with the references of the procedures to follow. Only include the properties you want in ALL pages.
- Page Centering
- Font Sizes and Styles
- Header Information
- Footer Data
- Background Images
In your All Pages design, set only items that will apply to all pages, such as colors, menu, footer, or header images. DO NOT set column layouts or width, and DO NOT move the standard Edline boxes OR add new boxes to the Middle section in the All Pages design. These features have been pre-set and keep the integrity of your webpage design. You can add boxes such as headers and footers in the Top and Bottom sections of the All Pages design, but do not add, rearrange, or remove boxes in the Middle section. Save the process of adding, rearranging, and deleting boxes for the Middle section on a current page design, such as a Homepage design or a specific sub-page (class, activity, other group page) and NOT for the All Pages design.
How to Create the All Pages Default Design
The information included in this procedure shows examples of an All Pages design for a school. District super user should see the Create District-Wide Designs for Schools topic for district specific steps.
- From the Tools menu on your school homepage, select Manage Design. The school name should be at the top of the Manage Design page above the three tabs.
- Click the Default Designs tab.
- Click the New button at the bottom of the page to create a new design.
You can also create a new design by copying an existing design, especially if you want to preserve many of the properties. To learn more, see Copy or Move a Design or Template.
- Type the name for the design in the Name for new design box — Blackboard recommends to call the design, All Pages.
Leave the Base on template box blank. (If the design will be based on an existing template already in your school or district, see the Deploy District Templates to Create School Designs topic for information.)
- Click OK. You will see a dialog prompting where you want the design to be used.
- For the All Pages design, make sure all the page types are selected. Click OK. The new All Pages design will be listed in the Default Designs tab.
- From the Manage Design page, select the All Pages design you created, and click Edit. You will see a dialog prompting you to select the type of page you want to view as a test for your All Pages design.
- Select a page to view as a test — a class or group page is recommended — to initially test the All Pages design.
- Edit the design in Site Designer. See the Set Design Properties section, and set the properties you want available on all pages.
Before marking a design as live, view each type of page on your website using the design. From the Manage Design page, select your All Pages design, select Include during Edit/Preview, and click the Apply Checks Above button if it appears. Click the Edit button. You can then select a different page type to view each time (class, group, folder, and document). That way you can be sure each page reflects the overall intended properties.
If there are properties or different layouts you want in a specific page type or in the school’s homepage, do not set them in the All Pages design. You can modify them in a homepage design or specific page type designs. See the topics Create Default Designs for Specific Sub-Page Types and Create a Homepage Design.
After you set the design properties, set the All Pages design as Live.
- After you set the design properties, set the All Pages design as Live.