• Template Documentation

Template Configuration

  • The Template Configuration Window is where you can preview the template and configure many of the settings and features.

     

    Accessing the Template Configuration Window (TCW)

    Click Configure › Sites › the site you want to edit › Advanced › Change › click on the template thumbnail in the upper left corner › choose the appropriate template

     

    Using the TCW

    • Within the TCW, you will see multiple accordion bars in the left column
    • Within each bar are areas where you can make changes, insert URLs, apply logos, etc
    • Enter the appropriate information and then click Save & Preview to view your changes
    • To publish updates you have made, click Publish & Exit
    • If you are an existing Blackboard client and are not yet ready to go public with your new template, do NOT click Publish & Exit, as that will apply the new template to your website
    • If you want to make changes after the new template is live, you can still click Save & Preview to preview your changes, but then you can also click Publish & Exit to make your changes live

     

    Unexpected Character Error

    Some characters are not accepted in the TCW. We suggest you add one URL at a time and click save and preview during setup to ensure URLs are accepted. If you receive an error message, use tinyurl.com/app to create a simplified url for your link destination.

     

    Setting Colors

    Each template comes with varying levels of configuration. As a rule of thumb, if a particular area has a color, then that color can be changed. There are some circumstances, however, where white or light gray areas are not configurable. This has been done intentionally as part of the overall design aesthetic. We suggest that you preview the template before licensing to ensure it will be a perfect fit for your organization.

Streaming Video Best Practices & Recommendations

    • Videos need to be hosted on YouTube, Vimeo or MyVRSpot
    • A 16:9 aspect ratio is recommended
      • 720p has dimensions of 1280 x 720 (16:9)
      • 1080p (recommended) has dimensions of 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
    • There is no limit or minimum for video length
    • If text is included in the video, keep it centrally located and avoid placing it close to the edge of the video
      • On some monitors a small portion of the video may be cropped at the top or bottom due to the responsive nature of the site
      • On some templates, content may overlay the video. Keep your template layout in mind if including text as part of your video
    • If your video includes sound, turning on the volume control button is recommended
      • The user can still control volume via their computer, but the video volume control button turns sound on/off for the video only, rather than all computer sound

Template Resources | Files & Folders

  • Uploading imagery/graphics to a folder will make them available for application in the Template Configuration Window.

     

    Accessing Files & Folders

    Click Configure › Templates › Files & Folders › Site Files

    • Here you will see the folders that pertain to your template assets
    • Find resources for custom icons, stock photography, photo editing and color schemes here
       

    Custom Icons

    Icon Dimensions: 25PX width x 25PX height

    • Icons need to be PNG’s with a transparent background, and sized to the correct dimensions prior to upload
    • The color of the icon should be the desired color you would like on the site since custom icons are not color changing
    • Upload your icons into the Icons folder (This folder is built by the system and will already be in place for you)
       

    Logos

    Logo (Only) Dimensions: Max width of 400PX x 120px height

    Logo (+ Site Name/Tagline) Dimensions: Max width of 200PX x 120px height

    • Logos should be PNG’s with a transparent background, and sized to the correct dimensions prior to upload
    • Upload your logos into the Logos folder (Create a Logos folder under Site Files > Images if this folder does not already exist)
    • Note: Background on this template is white on the homepage, subpages and mobile views
      • Logo may be uploaded with a different color background as part of the image
      • Background on homepage can be changed to be transparent within the Template Configuration Window 
      • Background on subpages and mobile views will remain white
         

    Accent Image (Shows to the left of Region C)

    Feature Accent Image 1023px width x 767 height

    • Accent images need to be JPG’s and sized to the correct dimensions prior to upload
    • Upload your accent images into the accent images folder (Create an Accent-Images folder under Site Files > Images if this folder does not already exist OR add these images to the Background-Images folder)
    • The accent image is optional and can be turned off under Template Options (checkbox called Show Homepage Content Static Image)


    Background Images (Behind Region E & F)

    Background Image Dimensions: 1500PX width x 915PX height

    • Background images need to be JPG’s and sized to the correct dimensions prior to upload
    • Upload your background images into the background images folder (Create a Background-Images folder under Site Files > Images if this folder does not already exist)
    • Background image will not display if background overlay opacity is changed to 100%


    Photo Collage Images

    Photo Image One Dimensions (one image): 741 width x 353PX height

    Photo Images Two and Three (two images): 480px width x 224px height

    Photo Images Four and Five (two images): 480px width x 481px height 

    Photo Images Six, Seven, Nine and Ten (four images): 480px width x 232 height

    Photo Image Eight (one image): 591px width x 295px height

    • Collage images need to be JPG’s and sized to the correct dimensions prior to upload
    • Upload your background images into the background images folder (Create a Collage-Images folder under Site Files if this folder does not already exist)
    • Photo Collage is optional and can be turned off in the Template Configuration Window

     

Homepage Content & Apps

  • This is the recommended app placement based on the homepage region map

    Region A | Multimedia Gallery App (only)

    Photo Dimensions: 1500PX width x 915PX height

     

    Region B | Any App

    Headline Accent Image Dimensions: 385PX width x 290PX height

    • Content in this region displays horizontally

     

    Region C | Any App

    Headline Accent Image Dimensions: 385PX width x 290PX height

    • Feature image is optional and can be turned off in the Template Configuration Window
    • When region C feature accent image is used, Headlines and Features, Upcoming Events and Announcements go into a Content Slider if placed in the first position
    • Content in this region displays horizontally

     

    Region D | Any App

    Headline Accent Image Dimensions: 385PX width x 290PX height

    • Content in this region displays horizontally

     

    Region E | Any App

    • Content in this region displays vertically

       

    Region F | Any App

    • Content in this region displays vertically
  • Notable Features

    Scholar is designed with these Interactive Elements built in: 

    • Multimedia Gallery App 
    • Color Configurability 
    • Streaming Video
    • Photo Collage
    • Content Slider 
    • High Contrast Toggle


    Maximum number of global icons


    6


    Font Information: 

    • Body copy is size 16
    • Fonts used are Merriweather, Merriweather Sans and Open Sans

  • App Names

    To turn on an app name:

    • Click on the app

    • Click the Options banner and check the box that says “Show the app name on my page”

  • Contact Info

    To add or edit the address, phone, fax or email in the footer:

    • Click Configure › Sites › the site you want to edit › Contact

    • Add/edit the information and then hit Save

  • Publishing a New Template

    New Blackboard Clients:

    • To publish your new template on your incubation site, go into each site’s Template Configuration Window and click the Publish and Exit button

    • When you are ready to go public with your new website, follow the instructions listed here


    Existing Blackboard Clients:


    • To publish your new template on your live site, go into each site’s Template Configuration Window and click the Publish and Exit button

    • Once your new template has been published, you may need to visit the content on each site’s homepage to reorganize apps as necessary. You can accomplish this by clicking and dragging apps from one region to another.

  • WCM Support

    The normal operating hours for Web Community Manager support are 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM EST Monday – Friday:

    • wcmsupport@blackboard.com 
    • 855.742.5952

  • Help Materials

    The Blackboard Help Center contains a wealth of information and help materials. You can find resources for Web Community Manager here.