Basic Templates Overview
Zine templates house the content you enter into your zine, and have a big impact on how the final result will look.
When adding zine info its important to decide which template you want to display your zine. Everything you add will be formatted into the template, which is what the users will see. The best way to test different options is to change the template in “Issue Details” and view your published zine. In this zine the next 3 articles will give an overview of each one. It’s important to preview your zine, to make sure your content works well within the zine. Your long form content may work better in the “Cards” template for example, or focusing on a specific component like “Video” you may choose “Windows” template. But this is very subjective and completely changeable at any time. One thing to keep in mind is that your template will look different on smaller devices (mobile phones and tablets). Since the templates are formatted to work well on smaller zines as well, the layout and functionality will change to work best on any device.
Template Overview: Cards
The cards template organizes your components in neat cards, that stack and flow with each other.
The cards template organizes all your components into small boxes that flow with each other in the template. The height of the cards is often dependent on the amount of content you store in them. For example the articles section will continue for as long as your article is. This template functions somewhat like a normal scrolling web page, and flows downward with all the content displayed right away. Some component cards will take up the full width of the page container, and others will be in columns (like links). You don’t need to have a full amount of links or articles for the page to look good. The template will adjust the layout based on the number of items you have in it, on any section. The articles are laid out prominently near the top of the page in this zine, and even are shown as part of the intro. This is something that is different from some other templates, so it should be something to consider when picking a zine template.
Template Overview: Split
The split template uses the fullscreen size, making for large and impactful components
The split template has components taking up the full screen of your device, and using as much screen space as possible. This template is good to highlight specific components, or tell a story with the flowing nature of the “slides”. The side menu on the left provides an overview to any zine components you’ve included. This can be used (on larger screens) to navigate around the zine, or scroll normally to go through content. To provide maximum flexibility across devices the template does not alter the native scrolling in any way. Photo gallery, Video and Map sections will be large on desktop computers, so this is something to consider for the overall presentation of your zine. You may want a large gallery section or video to focus on in your zine, in this case the Split template would be a good option.
Template Overview: Windows
The windows template lets you focus on one component at a time, storing everything in a singular menu button
The windows template uses the idea of windows that are draggable on your screen. The same way many computer operating systems function with a desktop view. On mobile the windows become an overlay view, that behaves a bit differently to accommodate for a smaller screen. This can be a unique way to display your zine compared to many other web formats out there. One key benefit of choosing this one would be the strong focus on individual component sections. Rather than have them together in a “flowing” template, the sections are separated, and only opened one a time. There is also a strong focus on the cover, and article photos since they will be set as the entire page background. This is something to keep in mind, whether or not you want to have this as a key focus.