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Templating » Template selection

Bolt has some rules to help you quickly build custom templates for your site. If your template is named exactly like the singular_slug or slug for the ContentType or record it will be automatically used.

How does Bolt select what template to use for a given request? Unless specified, Bolt will determine the names of these templates automatically via a method we call 'cascading templates'. This allows for great flexibility, as well as ease of use. Unless you specify anything, pages will get rendered using the basic default templates, but you can refine this in the definition of the ContentTypes or even on a per-record basis. The rules for selecting a template are as follows.

Selection of a template for an single record page:

Selection of a template for an overview page:

In the default template for a single record, it is available as both {{ record }} and also by the name of the singular name. So, in the above example, you can also use {{ page }}, without having to set it specifically. Likewise, in the default template for multiple records, the content is available as {{ records }} and also by the name of the ContentType, for example {{ pages }}.

Note: As you might have noticed, sometimes the examples use {{ page }}, sometimes {{ entry }} and sometimes something different altogether. These are just the names of the objects containing the content, or the array with several records of content. By default you can use the singular name of your ContentType, so be sure to replace them with whatever the names of your ContentTypes or variables are.


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