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Learn how to create a header and footer

Create a header or footer

3 mins, 48 secs
Creating headers and footers is just like creating a page - use the same pagebuilder blocks to construct and add your content. 

How to guides

Learn the basics of Headers and Footers with step by step illustrated guides.

Headers and Footers

Use the CMS to create fully responsive headers and footers which can be applied across multiple sites or to individual pages.

Headers and footers are constructed and applied in exactly the same way.

Setting Headers and Footers

Site Level

You'll set a default header and footer at the Site level.

Navigate to Sites, and select your site. Select the Site Settings tab.

Set your default header and footer by selecting from the dropdowns

Note: The site defaults will automatically apply to all pages in your site, but you can override those defaults at the page level.

Navigate to Sites, and select your Site. Under the Pages tab, select the page. 

Click page options

Select a header and footer from the dropdowns, these will apply to this page only.

Creating Headers and Footers

Creating a Header

Under the Headers section, click new header and pick New CMS header from the dropdown.

Give the header a name.

Adjust the preview theme if necessary, to view the header as it will appear once it's place on a site/page, with any given theme applied.


Header Blocks

Add content blocks and widget blocks to populate your headers. You can also nest content blocks and widgets within container blocks, to enable you to create more complex layouts. With just these three block types, you can create totally individual and flexible layouts for your headers. Just drag and drop the blocks into place from the side menu on the right.

Header blocks are color coded to make them easy to identify when editing your pages

Containers are pink

Content blocks are blue

Widget blocks are green

Show Layout

To help you see how a header is structured, check the Show layout option in the right hand menu. This will reveal the color coded block edges and create some extra space around each block to help with moving and repositioning.

This is a really useful feature when building up your header, using containers, or repositioning your content.

You can uncheck the Show layout option anytime to go back to an accurate preview of your page.


Content Blocks

Adding Content Blocks

Content blocks are blue

Content blocks can be added from the block palette located in the menu on the right of the browser.

Click and drag the blue content block icon into your header, where you want the content block to appear.

A solid black line will appear to show where the block can be positioned.

Moving Content Blocks

Drag the blue header bar of the content block and then release it in the new position. A solid black line will appear whenever you hover over a position where the block can be placed, so use this as a guide.

Resizing Content Blocks

Hover over the right edge of a content block and if it can be resized a double arrow will appear. Click and drag to your desired width and the block will snap to the closest grid position that fits. You can use an empty container block to create some blank space within the header, which gives more flexibility for your layouts.

Adding Text to Headers

To add text, select a content block, and click inside to start typing. A text editor will appear, allowing you to add your own text. You can also paste in copied text, but any formatting it has will be stripped out. Text can be styled using the built in formatting options in the toolbar. Based on your themes, you can select headings, text styles, set alignments etc.

Text editor features


Adding Images to your Headers

To add an image, select a content block, and click inside to place your cursor where you want the image to appear.

On the text editor toolbar, click the insert image icon. On the pop up, click the Source icon, which will take you to the Media Manager.

Either select an image you have already uploaded, or click Upload, then Local machine, to browse your computer and select a file to upload.

Note: Make sure that the images you upload are of a suitable size and resolution. If not, performance of your site could be affected and pages will be slow to load. Images are made up of pixels, and the more pixels, the larger the file size will be. You need to use images suitable for screen display on your website. An image 1200px wide at 72 dpi will generally be crisp enough to display on your pages. Images with higher resolutions and larger sizes will look the same, but will take longer to load.


Adjusting Images

You can easily change the size of an image you have uploaded if it is too large. This can be done within the Media Manager.

Select Media in the control panel side navigation.

Upload your image, or find it in the Media Manager.

Select your image, and click Manage.

Select Edit in the dropdown

Here you can change the size of the image, and make any additional edits, including cropping, adjusting color and contrast, adding filters, etc.

Apply your changes and save. When you save, you can choose to either overwrite your image with the changes, or create a copy of it with a new name.


Content Block Settings

You can add spacing, set background colors and effects, and customize your container, content and widget blocks.

Hover over the content block and click on the menu icon on the right of the block's header strip. Select Settings from the dropdown.

You can define custom settings for individual content blocks, changing the way a block looks.

Content block settings - what they do

Background

Color - Select a background color for the block
Background image - Upload or select a background image for the block
Background size - Set the size of your background image. Stretch to fit, cover, contain or no sizing.
Background repeat - Set the repeat pattern if your background image repeats. Repeat will tile the area, or you can select repeat x which will repeat the image in a horizontal row, or repeat y which will repeat the image in a vertical column.

Effects

Shadow offset x - Set how far left or right to offset the shadow
Shadow offset y - Set how far up or down to offset the shadow
Shadow size - Set how sharp or diffuse to make the shadow
Shadow spread - Set how wide to spread the shadow
Shadow color - Select the color of the shadow
Shadow opacity - Set the opacity of the shadow

Links

Link URL - Enter a URL here to turn the entire block into a link

Custom Styles

Custom styles - Select one of your listed custom styles to apply to the block

Visibility

You can choose to hide this block on screens of a certain size, by switching the toggle to hide for mobiles, tablets, small desktops or large desktops.

Border

Color - Select a border color for the block
Width - Set a width for the entire border
Top - Set a width for the top border only
Left - Set a width for the left border only
Bottom - Set a width for the bottom border only
Right - Set a width for the right border only
Style - Choose a line style for the border. It can be solid, dotted or dashed
Radius - Set how much to round the corners of the block

Spacing

Padding - Set the amount of empty padding to appear around your content inside the block
Padding top - Set the amount of padding above your content 
Padding left - Set the amount of padding to the left of your content
Padding bottom - Set the amount of padding below your content
Padding right - Set the amount of padding to the right of your content
Margin - Set the amount of empty margin to appear around the outside of the block
Margin top - Set the amount of margin above the block
Margin left -  Set the amount of margin to the left of the block
Margin bottom - Set the amount of margin below the block
Margin right - Set the amount of margin to the right of the block

Multiple States

Hover state - Toggle to enable hover states, then you can build up another version of the block to appear on hover. To build up multiple states, switch between the normal and hover tabs on the blue header strip, visible when you hover over the block.


Widget Blocks

Adding Widget Blocks

Widget blocks are green

Once you have created a widget, it can be added to a header. It will need to be held inside a widget block.

Widget blocks can be added from the block palette located in the menu on the right of the browser.

Click and drag the green widget block icon into your header, where you want the widget to appear.

A solid black line will appear to show where the block can be positioned.

Moving Widget Blocks

Drag the green header bar of the content block and then release it in the new position.

A solid black line will appear whenever you hover over a position where the block can be placed, so use this as a guide.

Resizing Widget Blocks

Hover over the right edge of a widget block and if it can be resized a double arrow will appear.

Click and drag to your desired width and the block will snap to the closest grid position that fits.

You can use an empty container block to create some blank space on the page, which gives a little more flexibility for your layouts.

Selecting a Widget

Hover over the widget block and click on the menu icon on the right of the block's header strip.

Select Settings from the dropdown.

Under the Widget section, use the Widget dropdown to select your widget from the list of those available.

Widget Block Settings

When you add widgets to your headers, they will take on the styles that have been set in the theme for your site. You can use the block settings to add spacing and effects, and overwrite background colors and borders.

Hover over the widget block and click on the menu icon on the right of the blocks header strip.

Select Settings from the dropdown.

You can define custom settings for individual widget blocks in the same way as content block settings.


Container Blocks

Container blocks are added in the same way as content and widget blocks.

From the block palette on the right of your browser, click and drag the pink container icon into your header where you would like to place the container.

A solid black line will appear to show where the block can be positioned.

You can then drag content blocks, widget blocks, and other container blocks into the container.

Containers are ideal for creating columns on your page, or grouping together multiple blocks. Blank containers can be used to create horizontal blank space on your page.

Using the Show layout option will make using containers much easier, as the dotted block outlines will show exactly where your blocks are located, and which blocks sit within a container.

Container Block Settings

Containers can also be styled and adjusted using the block settings.

Hover over the container block and click on the menu icon on the right of the blocks header strip.

Select Settings from the dropdown. You can define custom settings for individual container blocks, changing the way the container looks including:

You can define custom settings for individual container blocks in the same way as content block settings.


Full Width

Headers and footers will naturally assume a maximum width of 988px, but can also be set to full width. 

Ensure that your header/footer is held within a container block. Hover over the bottom right corner of that container to reveal the row settings.

Open the row settings and set the size to full width. Set the background color for the full width background. 

Note: You will need to make sure your theme allows for full width. Under Themes, select your theme and select the Site width tab. Max width (for your content) and max row width can be restricted individually for the header, page body and footer. To allow for a full width header or footer, set the Max row width to none, but keep the Max width constrained to 988px (this will make sure your actual content remains at an appropriate width). 


Creating a Footer

Creating a Footer works exactly the same as creating a header, just build it up within the Footers section of the control panel.

HTML Headers and Footers

If you already have a header that you would like to use, rather than building one with the CMS, you can simply copy over the HTML.

Under Headers, click New header  and select New html header

Give the header a name, and paste in the code.

The same process can be followed to create a html footer.