Subsite Templates form the basis for Layouts within a subsite. It gives the underlying structure and rules for what can be added and where it can be placed.

This process is conducted through the Front end of GreenOrbit and depends completely on the level of security.

To create a Subsite Template

  1. From the home page you want to navigate to the subsite for which you want to create the subsite template.

  2. Next click on the Layout Manager located on the Top toolbar.

    Once you click here you will be taken to a page that has the option to view the Layouts on your site as well as the Subsite Templates.  On the editing toolbar click on the "Add" option located on the menu bar.  From the drop-down select "Subsite Template".

  3. The New Subsite Template wizard will be initiated. Enter the Details.  Specify the name of the template and give the description.

    Users with ‘Full Control’ access will see a list of subsites.  Select the template for which the new subsite template be made available to.

  4. Click on Create tab.

  5. Click on the Auto tab on the left to insert a row.

  6. Click on the settings icon located on Auto tab at the top to insert a column.

  7. To merge columns or rows, click on the Structure tab located on the Generic toolbar and then click on merge option.

  8. To split a cell within the template, select the cell and then click on split option "Entire Column".

    You can also split a cell into rows within the template.  Just simply select the cell and then click on split option "Entire Row".

  9. Set up the cell width. Go to Auto and click on setting button. A drop-down list will appear. User can now set the fixed pixel width or set a fixed percentage width. Then, click on Apply tab.

    (The example below gives you an idea of how you can set different parameters for your columns.  In the previous illustration you can that we set the Fixed Pixel Width at 328.  Below is the result of that setting.)

  10. Cell Content Changes when navigating through the subsite. Click the corresponding checkbox for each cell that you wish to display the main content as a user navigates through this subsite. Cells can only be selected in order to form a single rectangular area within the subsite. When you click the checkbox on some cells, other surrounding cells may be automatically selected in order to keep a rectangular shape.

    This resulting rectangular area, commonly referred to as the 'Main Content Area' is where pages and applications will be displayed within the Subsite.

    Content in any cell that is not checked, will stay static throughout the subsite.

    For example your Site Header, Global Navigation, Site Search and other components that you want to make available to users through the subsite, should be added into cells that have not been included in the "Cell Content Changes" area.


The Components tab lets the user to add various components with content to the template. Any components that are added to a Subsite Template will be automatically populated onto a Layout the first time it is created.

*Note: changes made to components on an existing Subsite template will not be reflected on any existing Layouts, even if they were originally created from this Subsite Template. Components will only be added to a Layout, from a Subsite Template, when the Layout is first created.

  1. Adding components: To add components to the template layout, click on the components tab and select the desired component from the given drop downs:
    • Site framework
      • Breadcrumb Bar
      • CMS Page
      • Navigation
      • Profile Directory
      • Search
      • Site Header
    • Application
      • #Channel Feed 
      • Activity Feed
      • Ad Manager
      • Company Calendar
      • News
      • Page List
      • Quick Links
      • Quick Poll
    • Media
      • Image 
      • Webpage Frame
    • Text
      • Formatted Text
      • HTML

Now, drag and drop the components onto the template.

  • Properties
    • Provides the user with the ability to Edit the template title, description and active status.

  • Version Control
    • It keeps track of the changes made to the template and provides user with information related to these changes. Also allows the user to revert to a previous version if required.
  1. Saving the Template: Click on the Save button and enter the description in the description box. Either select exit without saving checkbox or exit and save template option according to user’s requirement.

To Edit and Delete a Template

  1. Navigate to a pre-existing folder that gives a list of template/templates.
  2. Click on Subsite Templates tab and select the title of the template within the list.
  3. As soon as the user clicks on the template tab, the edit and delete option will appear above the title bar.
  4. Click on Edit and the template will open up in edit mode.
  5. After clicking on the checkbox, click on Delete option and the user will be prompted with a message box. Click on the Delete tab to finally delete the template.