What is Blutui Canvas?

A Canvas determines the way a project will look and feel for your client's project. Blutui project's are built using Blutui's templating language, Canvas, as well as HTML, CSS and/or JavaScript. As a developer you can custom Canvas for every client project that goes through your Agency or build a template and use that as the foundation for all your client web projects.

What is a template?

A template is a regular text file. It can generate any text-based format (HTML, XML, CSV, LaTeX, etc.).

A template contains variables or expressions, which get replaced with values when the template is evaluated, and tags, which control the template's logic.

Below is a minimal template that illustrates a few basics. We will cover further details later on:

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>My Webpage</title>

    <ul id="navigation">
      {% for item in navigation %}
        <li><a href="{{ item.href }}">{{ item.caption }}</a></li>
      {% endfor %}

    <h1>My Webpage</h1>
    {{ a_variable }}

There are two kinds of delimiters: {% ... %} and {{ ... }}. The first one is used to execute statements such as for-loops, the latter outputs the result of an expression.

Project structure

The Canvas file structure gives you the ability to structure your project in a way that suits your workflow. However you are required to include the public/ and views/ folders. The following is a breakdown of there are required folders:

  • public: This directory contains your projects public assets. CSS, JS, and image files can all be found in this folder and are accessible from your browser.
  • views: This directory is the location for your projects .html or .canvas template files. All files in this folder are used by the Blutui platform to render your client's project.

The folder structure within the public and views directory is completely up to you. To get started with creating a page for your project, you have two options:

  1. Create a page through Canvas: This can be achieved by creating a pages folder in your views directory, then create a new .html or .canvas file, for example: index.html or index.canvas would be the homepage of your site.
  2. Create a page through the Site Dashboard: Create a new page through the Pages menu and specify a Layout. A layout path is always relative to the views directory of your project.

The default project comes with a pages folder in the views directory. For for information how to create your first project in Blutui, read the getting started guide

Ensure that you run courier push after each update, to view your changes in the staging environment.

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