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Templates and Elements

CommonSpot leverages the efficiency and flexibility of a modular system by separating form from content. Instead of storing Web pages as static chunks of HTML code, CommonSpot maintains content and the Elements that structure content in separate databases, assembling and serving up Web pages on the fly as relevant URLs are requested.

This approach enables a highly efficient and reliable multi-authoring environment, and virtually limitless re-use of content in myriad combinations, to create Web pages tailored to precise requirements. In addition, CommonSpot’s dynamic template linkage makes it easy to maintain a common “look and feel" while rendering content in diverse combinations in a distributed authoring environment

You create all CommonSpot content within a browser and web page. No client software is required, nor is it necessary to learn HTML. Participants from developers to content contributors use intuitive and dynamic menus and user interface components to engage CommonSpot functionality.

Templates - Templates provide a variety of versatile, predefined page layout options for simply and effortlessly building Web pages or other templates. Authors can pick from a defined set of templates designed to handle their content requirements, or start from a blank page. The use of templates enables the administration of a consistent look and feel.

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Elements - Elements are specific regions of pages for holding different content types, with unique rendering characteristics. Out of the box, CommonSpot provides over 50 Elements, including Elements for rendering text around an image, creating a grid of images, formatting text blocks, serving local or externally hosted multimedia or playlists, and more.

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Developers and administrators can customize the list of Elements that display in the Element Gallery, as shown below.

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Custom Elements - CommonSpot provides a unique set of tools to enable site designers to define content objects and contributors to add content to objects, either as part of a page, or stand-alone. Users at all levels can create content objects once, then reuse them across locations or subsites within a site, eliminating the need to re-enter content and centralizing change and update processes.

Custom Properties/Metadata - Sometimes the design of a site’s basic page layout must be flexible. CommonSpot’s custom features give you the flexibility to adjust these attributes on the fly.


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You can download PDF versions of the Content Contributor's, Administrator's, and Elements Reference documents from the support section of (requires login).

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