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Instruction for those who want to change design
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Message # 1 | 12:42 PM
In uCoz system a site is based on dynamic pages. Dynamic page is a page, which doesn't exist on the server as an integral whole, but is constructed in a browser "on fly" of separate blocks according to a certain script. In general it consists of three components:

1. Content, i.e. text, images and hyperlinks; it is located in a special database as a rule.
2. Description of content design, i.e. how the content is placed and formatted on a page.
3. Program-script, which extracts separate blocks from the database and constructs a page.

The first item is entirely yours, i.e. information with which you are going to fill your site. The second and the third are granted by the system, but though the second may be changed for almost 100%, the third you can only complement with client scripts.


The program-script, written by high-class professional programmers, is presented to you in the form of modules - Forum, Guestbook, Catalogs etc., described on the main page of our site. By means of Control Panel, you can adjust these modules to your site. uCoz Control Panel is made as convenient as possible, it has user-friendly interface, and is supplied with various hints and mini-instructions.

Page appearance is based on templates and a style sheet in a separate file. Each module has several templates, allowing to customize separately appearance of each module and appearance of pages inside a module.

Page code includes both common HTML-tags and special uCoz codes. uCoz codes are special variables, which accept the following values when output on a page:

  1. Constants
  2. Variables
  3. Parts of HTML codes
For example, $SITE_MENU$ code outputs contents of the main site menu, which has a separate template. As a result, your make changes in one place, and then they become active on all site pages automatically. In general uCoz codes represent on a site contents of the fields, which you fill in module settings or in some templates.

Each template has also Visual Editor, but it is intended for the "face-lift" of your template. Here you can format text, insert a link or an image, but we do not advise you to make serious changes in Visual Editor. Even such professional editors as FrontPage or DreamweaverMX do not guarantee pure code.



Template Builder, Global Blocks and Quick Replacement of HTML-code parts make work with the design much easier.

Template builder is intended for quick and convenient replacement of the whole site design. You need not update each template separately, all you need is to create one common skeleton and all active templates will be updated. This utility is intended for "rude" customization of site appearance, all tiny details you should change manually; still it will save you much time.

Global blocks are blocks, available in all other templates of your project. With the help of global blocks you can optimize the design of your project, having divided it into common parts, e.g.: HEADER - common upper part, FOOTER - common lower part etc. By means of global blocks, you can make changes of the whole project by editing one block template only. You can create 10 global blocks.

Quick replacement – this feature is intended for quick replacement of one part of HTML code by the other. E.g. you need to replace "SITE LOGO" by "Interesting site", so you insert "SITE LOGO" in the first field, and "Interesting site" - in the second. As a result "SITE LOGO" will be replaced by "Interesting site" in all templates where it is found. You can do this action with any HTML code, e.g. replace images (logo), template variables ($codes$) etc. However, be attentive when making a replacement for it can occur even in those places where you didn’t expect. E.g., if you want to replace "a" by "b", the system will replace "a" by "b" everywhere it will find "a". Remember, if something goes wrong, you can always restore templates by means of the corresponding feature or with the help of "Update design for all active modules" option in "Common settings" section.

That is what you must know if you want to change the design of your site.

Clayton_Riddell
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Message # 31 | 3:06 PM
Hey, I chose a design, number #171 from the selector and was wondering if it was possible to change/ remove the picture provided with the design.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards, Clay

Sunny
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Message # 32 | 2:05 PM
Clayton_Riddell, post here - http://forum.ucoz.com/forum/5-8740-1
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defaultNick2178
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Message # 33 | 12:30 PM
How I can change the design of the menu. Where i must go to can do this ?
thank you.

P.s. i'm sorry for my english .i'm romanian.

Dartz
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Message # 34 | 3:51 PM
defaultNick2178, assume Control Panel -> Top Bar -> Settings -> Common Settings.
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PrinceOfRomance
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Message # 35 | 12:37 PM
I have read the post by Clayton_Riddell, but when I click the provided link by Sunny. I am redirected to a 404 page.

I am new to the uCoZ website system, and have chosen a template, and adding my own banner, I only have 3 questions.

1. When I loaded my banner onto my website http://avalonguardians.ucoz.net It only displays on the main page. I would like to know what I have to do on your template builder to make this show on all websites.
EDIT:I understand that I have to use the template builder to create a skeleton, but I do not understand what to do for this. the template i want to change is '$GLOBAL_AHEADER$' but I am not sure to use this tag to make my header global or to use my site url.
I could.. i suppose, just add the center code to all pages, but this would take alot of time. so. basically now I only need to know where to change this $GLOBAL_AHEADER$ to my header I made.

2. There are stars on the .. i'm not sure what to call them all as one. but I'll just say the 'site menu' and 'login' boxes. They have golden stars on the left, I am not sure if this is a graphic and removable or not. If replacing the color/design of the boxes is necessary I would need just a little help with this

3. Color, I am familiar with hex color chart, but I am unsure where to add the color, or if it is possible to add it to the template I use.
I would only like to change.. perhaps the outline of my boxes(with stars that I would like to remove) to possibly a custom background, and gold outline.(this is just the part where the stars and the 'site menu' etc. are held.

If these adjustments are possible I would appreciate any help in fixing the problems i have.
many thanks in advance.

Post edited by PrinceOfRomance - Monday, 2010-01-04, 1:11 PM
Jazzy
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Message # 36 | 9:30 PM
That confuses me confused and how do you change your icon? It won't let me even though it says you can! I clicked on the link and everything! sad HELP! help fool
Sunny
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Message # 37 | 8:54 AM
Jazzy, what icon do you mean? Favicon? Then see http://forum.ucoz.com/forum/6-6836-1
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asim
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Message # 38 | 3:19 PM
how to change the default image in the design
Sunny
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Message # 39 | 3:44 PM
asim, provide your design number.
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Dartz
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Message # 40 | 7:23 PM
This is getting ridiculous. I'm pretty sure if person is able to create a
website he/she is able to use search feature in support forums! I am
sick of random newbies spamming pinned threads.

Use search, asim, search your template number and if you cannot
find, create a new thread. Simple as that. End of discussion.


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Jazzy
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Message # 41 | 9:12 PM
I couldn't find the right thread for this so here I go:

I want to upload a video to my website. Unfortunately, I can't. The box came up telling me to give it the URL, so I put it in. But I don't get what to do next... Can you guys help? wacko

Dartz
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Message # 42 | 5:08 AM
Video discussion: http://forum.ucoz.com/forum/37-613-1
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wafa
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Message # 43 | 4:42 PM
Thank's for Contribusi ...
SpeedY
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Message # 44 | 12:27 PM
How to change forum design??
Dartz
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Message # 45 | 12:56 PM
SpeedY, replace forum's CSS code.
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