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Create a Layout

Layouts contain a variety of settings that you can use to customize your output.

  • PDF layouts have an editor where you select the properties you want for a range of different content types, similar to how you create styles in Microsoft Word. To find out more about the settings, see PDF Layout Editor Options

  • HTML layouts contain many publishing options for customizing your content, including a CSS upload feature. This is where you can upload your own CSS and apply rules that will take priority over any settings in the layout. To find out more about the settings, see HTML5 Layout Editor Options.

You can use Paligo's built-in layouts or you can create your own.

To create a layout:

  1. Select Layout.

    If your Paligo instance already has some layouts, you will see them in a list. Otherwise, the list is empty.

    Layout list in Paligo. It shows a list of the layouts that currently exist in your Paligo instance.
  2. Select Create New Layout.

  3. Enter a name for your layout (Layout Title) and select the Output Format. The Output Format is the base layout for your new layout.

    The base layout defines:

    • The type of content you can create with your new layout, for example, PDF, HTML5.

    • Where the default values for your new layout come from. In your new layout, if you set the value of a setting to Default, it means the value for that setting comes from the base layout. Your new layout "inherits" the value from the base layout. To find out more, see Layout Relationships - Base, New, Duplicate


    Select OK to confirm your choices.

    Paligo creates a new layout.

  4. In the layouts list, select the new layout to open it in the Layout Editor.

    The Layout Editor opens in a new dialog.


    You can copy the URL from the new dialog and paste it into a browser tab. This is sometimes easier to work with, especially if you frequently switch between your content and the layout settings.

  5. Use the Layout Editor to choose the publication settings. Paligo will apply these settings when it converts your XML content into the output format.


You can apply common styling features by using the layout settings, and uploading your own CSS and javascript (for HTML outputs only).

If you want more advanced customization, including customizing the underlying XSLT, contact Paligo customer support with details of what you want to achieve. We can then look into what is required and provide you with an estimate for cost and timescale.