When running a WordPress site, most of you always use the same style of content blocks into your blog posts, such as tables, buttons, images or even the HTML coding stuff. To add more variations and customizable functions into your website, now, you can leverage a special WordPress feature named as the content template, which gives you the freedom to deviate from the current website structure with some new and unique features.
Personally speaking, the content template can be really helpful when you are in the following situations.
- You want to save time and energy on developing some advanced and customized pages.
- You want to keep consistency in a certain format of content, such as giving the header information for all the reviewing articles.
- You do not want to lose your self-designed templates that are saved on local devices and are looking to manage them from your WordPress admin panel directly.
- You want to share your unique templates with some other authors contributing to your site.
As many webmasters, especially newcomers, have no idea of how to create WordPress content template, we have shared a simple guide about this topic in the following. By doing so, you can improve the content of your site via the given versatility that is achieved by enhanced efficiency.
Create Your Custom Content Template
To create and store your custom content templates on the WordPress site, you firstly need to install a special plugin named as Easy Content Templates. This is a lightweight tool that allows you to apply these unique templates to your existing or new posts and pages via a few clicks only.
Normally, you need to open an external application for copying and pasting the HTML or blocks of your content templates into the right pages. This process may take you much time and can break the editing momentum. With this plugin, however, things can be much easier.
After installing and activating this template plugin, you now can click the Templates tab and then hit the Add New button for template creation. Note that there is no configuration needed to be set up for this plugin.
The process of adding a new template is just like posting a new article. You firstly need to give it a title so that can manage multiple content templates easily. In the body section, you can add any content block you want using images, textual content, links, quote, media files, HTML and many more.
Publish the Content Template
You can switch from the Text Editor to the Visual Editor to figure out whether the template looks the way you link. If you are satisfied, you can move to the meta box of Template Options in the right hand of the whole screen.
By default, the custom content template can only be checked, modified, used and removed by the website administrator and the template creator. This may lead to some inconveniences for other authors contributing to your website content.
In this case, we highly recommend you to tick the box of “Yes, Please” to share your template with other users on your site. Note that they only have the right to use this template but cannot edit the structure.
This plugin allows you to add three main components into the content template, which include Title, Content and Excerpt. It is possible that you do not want to load all of them for all the pages by default, so this plugin gives you the freedom to load some options automatically. Surely, you can also choose none of them and configure this setting later based on the real situation.
As every aspect is set up and designed properly, now, you can publish this template and check it by clicking the All Templates button.
Apply the Content Template to Your Posts or Pages
Now, you can edit your existing or new post for applying the content template. To do this, you simply need to check the special Easy Content Template meta box, choose your added template from the drop-down menu, and choose which parts of the template to be loaded. After that, you can press the Load Template button.
Here, we highly recommend you to use the Visual Editor when doing so, for you can get a preview of how your content template appears in your blog post.
In fact, there is another widely-used plugin for the creation and adding of WordPress content template, which is named as TinyMCE Templates. As compared with the previously mentioned option that only allows you to apply a single template for each post , this one has the highlight of combining multiple templates into a single post with much ease.
To achieve this, you simply need to click the Insert Template button in the editing screen, and then, embed your preferred templates one by one.
In addition, this plugin achieves the great ease for you to copy your existing content template to a new option. The detailed steps for utilizing this plugin can be found in this post.