• 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: 37PX width x 37PX 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 600PX x 280PX height

    Logo (+ Site Name/Tagline) Dimensions: Max width of 400PX x 120PX height

    • Logos need to 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)
       

    Background Images (Behind Regions C & F)

    Background Image Dimensions: 1300PX width x 850PX 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)
    • If you do not want to feature background images, simply set the opacity of the background image overlay to 100% and feature a solid color instead

     

    Subpage Header Images

    Subpage Header Image Dimensions: 1300PX width x 300PX height

    • Subpage header images need to be JPG’s and sized to the correct dimensions prior to upload
    • Upload your subpage header images into the background images folder (Create a Background Images folder under Site Files > Images if this folder does not already exist)
    • If you do not want to feature a subpage header image, simply set the opacity of the header overlay to 100% and feature a solid color instead

Homepage Content & Apps

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

    Region A | Multimedia Gallery App (only)

    Photo Dimensions: 1260PX width x 700PX height

     

    Region B | Any App

    Headline Accent Image Dimensions: 680PX width x flexible height 

     

    Region C | Any App

    Headline Accent Image Dimensions: 680PX width x flexible height 

     

    Region D | Any App

    Headline Accent Image Dimensions: 215PX width x 125PX height (dimensions are flexible so these are recommended, not required)

    • Content in this region displays vertically
    • This region has a white background

     

    Region E | Any App

    Headline Accent Image Dimensions: 215PX width x 125PX height (dimensions are flexible so these are recommended, not required)

    • Content in this region displays vertically
    • This region has a white background

     

    Region F | Any App

    Headline Accent Image Dimensions: 215PX width x 125PX height (dimensions are flexible so these are recommended, not required) 

    • Content in this region displays vertically
    • This region has an (optional) sticky background photo
    • Apps in this region go into a tabbed format

     

  • Notable Features

    Elevate is designed with these Interactive Elements built in:

    • Multimedia Gallery App
    • Color Configurability  
    • Streaming Video
    • Tabbed Apps
    • Icon Collage
    • High Contrast Toggle


    Maximum number of global icons:

    6


    Font Information:

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


    Color Information:
     

    • The light grey used throughout does not color change and is #F2F2F2 (with the exception of the search box, which is color configurable)

  • 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.