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Base HTML templates for DBCA Django projects

Project description

This project consists of a basic Django application containing HTML templates that provide a starting point for web applications used by the Department. The base template consists of a mobile-friendly HTML5 template with a fixed top navbar, plus static assets. The project also contains functional examples of login and logged out templates.

The base template is based upon HTML5 Boilerplate, and includes the Bootstrap 3 CSS framework.


  1. Install via pip: pip install webtemplate-dbca.
  2. Add 'webtemplate_dbca' to INSTALLED_APPS.
  3. Ensure that the staticfiles application is included and configured correctly.
  4. Ensure that you have defined the following named URLs: login and logout (this requirement can be overriden, see below).
  5. Extend the included base template by placing the following at the head of your own templates: {% extends "webtemplate_dbca/base.html" %}
  6. Place page content within the required blocks (see below).

Included CSS and JavaScript

The base template currently includes the following CSS and JavaScript assets:

  1. Modernizr (HTML5 polyfills)
  2. Bootstrap 3 (CSS & JS)
  3. jQuery (DOM traversal, etc.)

Additional styling can be included using the extra_style or extra_js blocks, like so:

{% load static from staticfiles %}

{% block extra_style %}
{{ block.super }}
<link rel="stylesheet" href="{% static 'css/custom.css' %}">
{% endblock %}

You can also overide the base_style and base_js blocks completely to use different CSS or JS libraries. Note that you will also need to replace the top_navbar block contents if you replace the base Bootstrap CSS & JS.

Template blocks

The base template contains a number of block tags that are used to render the content of your project. The main template content blocks are as follows:

  • navbar_links - used to define navigation links in the top navbar.
  • navbar_auth - used to display either a Login or Logout link.
  • page_content - used to contain the page’s main content.
  • page_footer - used to contain a page footer area.

Note that the navbar_auth block contains {% url %} templatetags with named URLs called login and logout. If this is not required or inappropriate for your project, simply override the navbar_auth block.

In addition, a number of context variables are defined:

  • page_title - used to populate the page <title> tags.
  • site_title - used to populate the projects’s title in the top navbar.

Context variables should be passed to templates in every view.


To populate the main content area with a narrow left sidebar and content area that fills the whole screen width and will collapse elegantly on narrow or mobile displays:

{% block page_content %}
<div class="container-fluid">
    <div class="row">
        <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-4 col-md-3 col-lg-2" id="sidebar">
            {% include "sidebar.html" %}
        <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-8 col-md-9 col-lg-10">
            {% block page_content_inner %}{% endblock %}
{% endblock %}

To include a right-aligned copyright line in the footer area:

{% block page_footer %}
<div class="container-fluid">
    <div class="row">
        <div class="col-xs-12">
            <p class="pull-right">&copy; Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions</p>
{% endblock %}

To include no navigation links in the top navbar and to prevent the automatic “navbar button” from showing on narrow displays, overide the navbar_button and navbar_links blocks to be empty:

{% block navbar_button %}{% endblock %}
{% block navbar_links %}{% endblock %}


Create a virtualenv and install local requirements using python -q install

Run unit tests using python

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