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Using Headway Templates

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A Headway template is a set of layout and style definitions that can be reused across websites. They include Live CSS code and shared layouts. One way to think of Headway templates is as themes that can be used interchangeably while still having Headway activated as the actual theme. (Headway templates should not be confused with child themes in WordPress.)

As you make changes to your design, the active Headway template is updated to include those changes. So a template can be a starting point for the design of your site. Or if it contains all the layout and design settings you want, you may want to leave it alone after installing and activating it.

 

Getting Additional Headway Templates

Some Headway templates are available through Headway Extend. (Other templates may be available from third-party developers.)

  1. Log in to the Member Dashboard at https://headwaythemes.com/dashboard/.
  2. Click Templates
  3. Click Download next to the item you want
  4. Choose a location on your computer to save the .zip file, and save the file.

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Installing/Importing a Headway Template

  1. In your WordPress admin panel, click Templates in the Headway menu.
  2. Click Install Template.
  3. Browse to and select the template .json file.

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Activating a Headway Template

  1. In the WordPress admin panel, click Templates in the Headway menu (skip this step if you have just added the template).
  2. Hover over the template’s thumbnail image.
  3. Click the Activate button.
  4. Assign menus to your navigation blocks (see Assigning a WordPress Menu to a Navigation Block). Otherwise, Headway adds a default set of page links.
  5. Assign widgets to your widget area blocks.

Note: If you are not currently using a Headway template other than Headway Base, your settings are saved as the Headway Base template.

If you switch back and forth between Headway templates where you have already configured menus and added widgets, those settings will be remembered for each template.

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Creating a Headway Template

A Headway template consists of the layouts, block settings, shared layouts, design settings, and Live CSS code for your site. If you have started with Headway Base and then export your site’s settings as a Headway template, you can name it whatever you choose.

Any time you export a Headway template, it represents a “snapshot” of your current website’s settings. If you make further changes that you want to add to the same version of your template file, reexport the template and save the .json file over the previous one.

Creating a Headway Template from Your Existing Design

  1. In the WordPress admin panel, click Templates in the Headway menu.
  2. Click Export Current Template.
  3. Add a name, version, author, and thumbnail image.
  4. Click the Export Template button.
  5. Select a location on your computer or network, and save the template file.


Creating a Headway Template from Scratch

  1. In the WordPress admin panel, click Templates in the Headway menu.
  2. Click Add Blank Template.
  3. Type a name for the template, and then click OK.
  4. Design your site. Whenever you save changes, your template is updated. Export the template at any time to create a file you can import into other sites.

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Deleting a Headway Template

Before you delete a template, you must activate a different template (see “Activating a Headway Template” earlier in this article).

  1. In the WordPress admin panel, click Templates in the Headway menu.
  2. Hover over the template’s thumbnail image.
  3. Click Delete.

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Headway Templates vs. Child Themes

Child themes are often thought of as being for design customizations. But even though Headway templates contain custom designs, the templates and child themes aren’t incompatible.

As you customize your site using Headway, those changes are saved in a way that they’re not overwritten when you update the theme. So there really isn’t much reason to use a child theme for style customizations.

However, you will still want to use a child theme if you need to make changes to the theme PHP files because otherwise, your changes will always be overwritten when you update your theme. (An example of when you would customize PHP files is with custom post types.) If you use a child theme, your design customizations, or any Headway templates you import, to the parent Headway theme still apply to the child theme.

See the WordPress Codex for information about child themes.

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This article was last updated for Headway version 3.8.3.

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