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Site Templates determine how your site will be designed.  Site Templates have a Global style.  TownNews uses these Site Templates as the core templates for all sites.  We now have both Zen and Flex templates to use to customize your site.  

How To Determine What Template Set You Are On

There are three sets of core templates in Design / Templates; Site templatesFlex, and Zen.

To determine which templates you are using, go to Design / Templates / Site templates / Skins / Editorial. If the name Flex (if you have a Flex website), or Base (if you have a Zen website) is highlighted in blue, this is the set of templates you are using. If not, check in Design / Templates / Flex / Skins / Editorial for the the same thing.

Note: Eventually all sites will be using either the Flex Template Library or the Zen Template Library based on the type of your website. Currently, it does not matter what set of templates you are on because the Site Templates are the core templates for both Flex and Zen. These core templates are how TownNews rolls out new templates, and we are transitioning from Site Templates to Flex, or Zen.

If you create a new URL map (see URLs),  you will be able to decide which Template Library you are using. If this is the case, best practice would be to choose Flex.

Note: If you have a Zen website, you should be using Zen Templates as they are available but you can still use Site Templates. Once we are ready to discontinue the Site Templates, you'll be notified to convert to Zen.

Note:  For Zen sites, when you set up a New URL or a New Map, you can not start a Flex redesign just by choosing Flex.  There are changes that need to be made on the backend of your site by TownNews staff.  For information about a Zen to Flex redesign and doing it yourself, please contact your regional sales rep.  

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Inheritance (Global Vs Application)

The “Application” folders (Skins, Blocks, and Components) are where TownNews’ certified files reside. These are core files created by TownNews that are used across all sites, and cannot be changed by customers. 

The “Global” folders are where customers store custom files.

  • Templates in “Global” will override the TownNews core templates in the “Application” folder.
  • In “Global” you have three main folders:
  • includes
  • resources
  • templates

'includes' - These store custom *.inc.utl files here. These files allow you to create additional advertising spaces (Zen), or change how a photo could be displayed on your asset page.  Ex:, and

'resources' - These store custom images such as .gifs for buttons, icons for file types, and images for Marketplace / Businesses Storefronts (Zen); custom javascript files; and the site.css file you will access to make CSS changes to your site.

'templates' - These store custom templates, such as index.html.utl, front.html.utl, or content.article.html.utl. These are the base files that your index and asset pages are built on.


Customizing Your Website (Flex) (Zen)

If you are using Site Templates you will use the Global folder (Design / Templates / Site templates / Global Skins. This may contain one or more sub-folders; the name of the folder you should be using is highlighted in blue.

If you want to change the homepage of your website and you are using Site Templates, go to Design / Templates / Site Templates / Global Skins templates (global folder highlighted blue