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Deploy and Customize Designs at School-Level

After you have set the district All Pages design and the district’s default design for school homepages to be live in your district, you can allow the designs to be customized at each school.

Many districts often meet with the super user or webmaster from each school to step through the deployment process together so each school can set their own colors and fill their own menus. This training is an efficient way to get your school websites live, and bring the school design managers up-to-speed on the process.

How to Customize the All Pages Design for the School

  1. From the Tools menu on the school homepage, select Manage Design.

    The school name should be at the top of the Manage Design page above the three tabs.

  2. Click Default Designs tab.
  3. Click the New button to create a new, local All Pages design for the school.
  4. Type the name for the design in the Name for new design box.

    Blackboard recommends naming the design, All Pages — School Name. Leave the Base on template box blank.

  5. Click OK.

    You will see a dialog prompting where you want the design to be used.

  6. Make sure all the page types are checked. Click OK.

    The school’s All Pages design will be listed in the Default Designs tab.

  7. 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 the design.

  8. Select a page to view as a test. Blackboard recommends a class page or group page.

    Site Designer will display the settings configured as the district’s default in the district’s All Pages design.

  9. Click the Page property in the Site Designer tree view and expand the Color Theme tab.

    Adjust the color theme for your school’s colors. To learn more, see Change Colors on Your Website.

    Adjust any other properties for the particular school’s All Pages (to learn more, see Set Design Properties). Adjustments are usually set for menus, footers, and fonts.

  10. After you set the school’s design properties, set the All Pages design as Live.

In the All Pages design, only adjust items that will apply to all pages, for example — colors, menu, footer, and header image. Do NOT change other images or box layout in this design. Particular images, slide shows, text documents such as mission statements that are only part of the homepage design will be customized in the Current Page tab.

How to Customize the District’s Homepage Design for the School

Schools can customize the homepage design initially created by the district after customizing the All Pages design.

  1. From the Tools menu on the school homepage, select Manage Design.

    The school name should be at the top of the Manage Design page above the three tabs.

  2. In the Default Designs tab, select Include during Edit/Preview for the All Pages design.
  3. Click the Current Page tab.
  4. Click the New button to create a new, local homepage design for the school.
  5. Type the name for the design in the Name for new design box.

    Name the design in such a way that it describes what the design is for — such as School Homepage, Design 1 for Homepage, or Holiday Design for Homepage. Leave the Base on template box blank.

  6. Click OK.
  7. From the Current Page tab, select the new homepage design you created, and click Edit to open Site Designer.

    Site Designer will display the settings from the live district default design for homepages, combined with the school’s customized settings from the local All Pages design.

  8. Edit the design in Site Designer.

    Set the properties you want to adjust for the school, such as menu placeholders, logos, slide show pictures, headers, or other design assets that are particular to the school.

  9. After you set the homepage design properties and you want to make these properties live to the public, select the design from the Current Page tab of the Manage Design page and click Set as Active Design.