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In the CMS context a template is a blueprint to create pages or smaller components. Whenever you add a page with Pages app you must specify its template to create the page.

A template consist of:

Template definition

required

A template definition gives a template a name and makes it available to the system. At a minimum a template definition must specify a script and a renderer.

Template script

required

A template script defines the output, typically HTML, and is interpreted by a Renderer. The script is written in a templating language such as FreeMarker or JSP.

Dialog definition

optional

Dialogs are used for content entry. A dialog defines the edible content properties of a template. Pages, area and component templates can all use dialogs.

Model

optional

The model is a JavaBean implementing RenderingModel. Use it to implement complex logic. The model can execute any Java code to retrieve data from the repository or from an external source. The results are available to the template script for rendering on the page.

Elements of the Magnolia template mechanism:

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