Page Builder Prebuilt Layouts

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Page Builder makes it easy to bundle prebuilt layouts into your theme or plugin. We've made a point of not including any of these into the Page Builder core, relying mainly on other themes and plugins to add the layouts that work with their unique designs.

Register a Custom Layouts Folder Location

Use the below function to register a location for your prebuilt layout files. Replace siteorigin with your theme or plugin namespace. Change folder path as required, in this example we're storing our layouts in the /inc/layouts folder

/**
 * Register a custom layouts folder location.
 */
function siteorigin_layouts_folder( $layout_folders ) {
    $layout_folders[] = get_template_directory() . '/inc/layouts';
    return $layout_folders;
}
add_filter( 'siteorigin_panels_local_layouts_directories', 'siteorigin_layouts_folder' );

Export Your Layout JSON File

Edit the page containing your layout. In Page Builder, click Layouts > Import/Export > Download Layout. To change your layout name as seen in Page Builder, edit the JSON file and locate the name/value pair at the end of the file "name":"Home". Change the name value as required. In this example, our layout is named Home. To add a thumbnail for each layout, include a JPG or PNG file with the same filename as the JSON file you'd like to use it for. For example, if your JSON file was named home.json, your thumbnail image would be named home.jpg. Finally, copy both the JSON layout file and thumbnail to your layouts directory location. Navigate to Layouts > Prebuilt layouts in any Page Builder page to view and test your layout.

External Images

If you'd like your layout images to populate on other domains, make use of the External URL field wherever possible. For example, when adding a row background you can either use the Select Image button or insert a URL into the External URL field. Using the External URL field will ensure the image loads on domains other than your own.


Example Theme

You can find an example theme here. starter-theme was created from underscores and isn't intended for production usage. Within the example theme you'll find the following:

functions.php

At the end of the theme's functions.php file we conditionally require a Page Builder compatibility file.

/**
 * Page Builder by SiteOrigin compatibility file.
 */
if ( defined( 'SITEORIGIN_PANELS_VERSION' ) ) {
    require get_template_directory() . '/inc/siteorigin-page-builder.php';
}

/inc/siteorigin-page-builder.php

In our compatibility file we register the location of our prebuilt layouts folder.

/**
 * Register a custom layouts folder location.
 */
function starter_theme_layouts_folder( $layout_folders ) {
    $layout_folders[] = get_template_directory() . '/inc/layouts';
    return $layout_folders;
}
add_filter( 'siteorigin_panels_local_layouts_directories', 'starter_theme_layouts_folder' );

/inc/layouts/

In our layouts folder we've included a demo layout and matching thumbnail.


Example Child Theme

You can find an example child theme here. Our child theme uses SiteOrigin Corp as its parent theme. Within the example child theme you'll find the following:

functions.php

In the child theme functions.php file we register the location of our prebuilt layouts folder.

/**
 * Register a custom layouts folder location.
 */
function siteorigin_corp_child_layouts_folder( $layout_folders ) {
    $layout_folders[] = get_stylesheet_directory() . '/layouts';
    return $layout_folders;
}
add_filter( 'siteorigin_panels_local_layouts_directories', 'siteorigin_corp_child_layouts_folder' );

layouts

In our layouts folder we've included a demo layout and matching thumbnail.


Example Plugin

You can find an example plugin here. Within the example plugin you'll find the following:

so-custom-post-loop.php

In the main plugin file we register the location of our prebuilt layouts folder.

/**
 * Register a custom layouts folder location.
 */
function so_prebuilt_layouts_folder( $layout_folders ) {
    $layout_folders[] = plugin_dir_path( __FILE__ ) . '/layouts';
    return $layout_folders;
}
add_filter( 'siteorigin_panels_local_layouts_directories', 'so_prebuilt_layouts_folder' );

layouts

In our layouts folder we've included a demo layout and matching thumbnail.