Flexibility is PageRoost's Default

Posted by Lauren Oliver on September 10, 2015

One of my favorite aspects of PageRoost is its flexibility. Even someone like me, who has very little knowledge of HTML or CSS, can create a gorgeous page template with little effort.

At first glance, PageRoost doesn't look like much. Each new site comes with a handful of templates to get you started, but they are all fairly simple. What makes PageRoost great is that very simplicity.

It is not until you get under the hood and start messing around with the various settings and editors, that you really begin to understand the power and flexibility of PageRoost.

Let's talk about some of the templating features of PageRoost: templates, blocks, and collections.

Templates

Template Example Screens

Any new page your create needs a template or a layout. In PageRoost, templates are built with a beautiful, grid-based, drag-and-drop editor. Each new PageRoost site includes six page templates: Homepage, One Column, Password Prompt, Three Columns, Two Columns, and a Blog Post.

Blocks

Blocks Example Screens and Editor

Blocks are static parts of your site that remain the same on every page they're on, like a logo or navigation menu or a footer. Blocks can be added to templates. Maybe you want to add a seasonal call-to-action or discount. Create a block, and add it to the right templates. This keeps things simple so if you need to make a change, you only have to make that change once, instead of on every page. Blocks are also built with the same type of drag-and-drop grid-based editor as templates, and your new site includes two default blocks: header and footer.

Collections

Collections Sample Screens

Collections are similar to blocks in that they can be added to templates, however, the content in the collections is generated dynamically. You use collections to build pages like this, and this. Or this:

A live collection, in the wild.

The core part of collections is that they are built based on a template. Collections are how you create a blog for your website. Or a photo gallery of your latest work. Or an "About the Team" section. And like both templates, and blocks, collections are also built with the same drag-and-drop editor. Unlike the other two, there are not any included collections.

Features you'll find in all the editors

In every one of the editors, you have tons of freedom and flexibility in every row, column, and module. You can add custom HTML around the modules, rows, and columns. You can even give custom inline styles, classes and IDs for all the elements.

And, even better, because it's all based on Bootstrap, every one of your layouts is automatically mobile friendly.

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