The ability to have multiple page templates per collection.

I was thinking about this idea a lot the other day.

Currently I conceptualize the CMS like this: The creation of a collection creates a template (collection page). The Template then has to be used with that URL string. Unless the collection is for internal use then the generated template will remain blank and in the template list. 

If we could create template pages independent of a collection then we could create designs that could fit multiple industries and flip the design on the fly for a new client. And it would allow us to create different sub-pages in the collection. This is very similar to the way Modx works and find it useful for larger sites.

When creating a page in the collection I imagine the only option would be to choose a template. Once the template is chosen the form fields that were set up for that template would appear.

Hope that's clear. It's clear in my head but hard to get out in writing.

  • Alex Nichol
  • Jan 18 2017
CMS
  • Hywel Thomas commented
    March 01, 2017 15:15

    Very cool idea. My customer wants a normal template and a landing page template from the same data. I have created another collection with references, but we are only allowed 5 fields...

  • Brandyss Adams commented
    September 14, 2017 23:31

    That would actually solve my problem of having to separate lists and then not being able to sort the two separate lists as one list...each list needs to have it's own specific template with different 3rd party codes on the page yet it all belongs under 1 roof, so to speak so I don't want to lose the functionality of sorting...

  • Nathan Steele commented
    February 28, 2018 22:37

    best way to think about this is WordPress allows one to create template pages that make it easy for clients to create their own pages.

    Best way to think about in terms of your goal here is Wordpress or better. Currently, your not to WordPress yet.

    Best,

    Nathan

  • Nick Fry commented
    August 15, 2018 19:23

    This also moves closer to solving the issue of not being able to feature more than one collection type in a collection grid. For example: if we build a landing page, a blog page and a normal page layout, but want to create a featured grid on the homepage. We can only feature one page type per collection. 

  • John T. commented
    April 10, 2019 17:19

    I spent so much time building the site to realize just now that we cannot do this :( 

  • William Valvo commented
    December 02, 2019 21:48

    I need this for Articles. I have multiple article types with essentially the same content, that require different treatments. 

    For example, standard articles vs features. The core content is the same, but features need a different, more dramatic layout. That said, I would like to load them all (both featured and standard articles) into one grid on a homepage for example. 

    I am shocked and disappointed this is not possible although I may be missing the correct workaround.

  • Erik selmanovic commented
    05 Feb 09:39

    I would love this, but for different languages. I would like to set up a collection with fields for each language, then having these templates showing just one language. So in my case, three templates per collection (Swedish, English, Serbo-Croatian)