Configure the Homepage

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Adapt the Base Page Configuration to the Web Design

Now that you have applied the web design to the base page configuration, you can turn your attention to the actual pages. The Homepage is a good place to start. Let's add the Banner Carousel.

Remove the Static Text from the Homepage

Look at your web site's homepage in your browser. The main content area contains a generated text. Let's remove it.

Open the file  repository-data/webfiles/src/main/resources/site/freemarker/gogreen/homepage-main.ftl found in your project.

Remove the following lines:

<@hst.setBundle basename="essentials.homepage"/>
  <h1><@fmt.message key="homepage.title" var="title"/>${title?html}</h1>
  <p><@fmt.message key="homepage.text" var="text"/>${text?html}</p>
  <#if !hstRequest.requestContext.cmsRequest>
      [This text can be edited
      <a href="http://localhost:8080/cms/?1&path=/content/documents/administration/labels/homepage" target="_blank">here</a>.]

So you will only have the following two lines left:

<#include "../include/imports.ftl">
  <@hst.include ref="container"/>

Create Banner Documents

Before you can add the Banner Carousel you must first create some banner content. The instructions below let you recreate the banner content from the web design.

Load Bloomreach Experience Manager in your browser:   http://localhost:8080/cms/

Log in with username 'admin' and password 'admin'.

Open the Content application and select Images from the dropdown menu.

Browse to GoGreen > banners.

Upload the following images from the web design into the banners folder:

  • binaries/content/gallery/banners/office.jpg
  • binaries/content/gallery/banners/study.jpg
  • binaries/content/gallery/banners/thermostat2.jpg

Now select Documents from the dropdown menu and browse to GoGreenbanners.

Add a new Banner document and give it a name, for example "10 Simple Steps to Green Your Office".

Enter the name again in the Title field, for example "10 Simple Steps to Green Your Office".

Enter some text in the Content field, you can copy paste it from the web design.

Click the Select button in the Image field and browse to Images > GoGreen > banners.

Select the office.jpg image and click OK.

Click the Select button in the Link field, browse to Documents > GoGreen > news and select a news article of your choice.

Click the OK button.

Click Done.

Open the Publication menu and click Publish.

Use the same procedure to add 2 more Banner documents, e.g.

  • "Is a Smart Thermostat Worth the Investment?"
  • "How to Green Your Dorm Room"

Add the Banner Carousel to the Homepage

Now that you have some banner content you can add the Banner Carousel feature to the Homepage.

Still in Bloomreach Experience Manager, open the Experience manager application and select the GoGreen web site.

Click the icon in the left top corner to open the sidebar and select Components.

Click on the Carousel component to select it, then click inside the rectangle labeled 'Home Page Main' in the page's main content area to add the component to the container. A configuration sidebar will appear on the right side.

In the Carousel Item 1 field click on the looking glass icon, browse to one of the Banner documents you added and select it.

Repeat for Carousel Item 2 and Carousel Item 3.

Uncheck the option Show carousel navigation.

Click Save in the configuration sidebar, then X to close the sidebar.

The Banner Carousel now displays the selected banners.

Click Channel, then Publish.

View the site in your browser. The Homepage now contains the Banner Carousel and it will cycle through the banners you configured.

Note that the banner carousel looks exactly like it does in the web design! This is because both the web design and the Banner Carousel feature use Bootstrap's Carousel Javascript. As a result, the CSS included in the web design is automatically applied to the banner carousel.

Head Contributions

Remember the Javascript references in index.html in the web design that you didn't include in the base page template? And remember the code you added to include head contributions made by components further down in the hierarchy?

Open the file repository-data/webfiles/src/main/resources/site/freemarker/hstdefault/essentials-carousel.ftl found in your project. This is the template for the out-of-the-box banner carousel.

In the template you can see an example of head contributions:

    <@hst.headContribution category="htmlHead">
        <style type="text/css">
            /* Carousel base class */
            .carousel {
                height: ${cparam.carouselHeight}px;
                /*width: ${cparam.carouselWidth}px;*/
                margin-bottom: 60px;

            /* Since positioning the image, we need to help out the caption */
            .carousel-caption {
                z-index: 10;

            /* Declare heights because of positioning of img element */
            .carousel .item {
                height: ${cparam.carouselHeight}px;
                background-color: ${cparam.carouselBackgroundColor};

            /* center images*/
            .carousel-inner > .item > img {
                margin: 0 auto;

    <@hst.headContribution category="htmlBodyEnd">
        <script type="text/javascript" src="<@hst.webfile path="/js/jquery-3.5.1.min.js"/>"></script>

    <@hst.headContribution category="htmlBodyEnd">
        <script type="text/javascript" src="<@hst.webfile path="/js/bootstrap.min.js"/>"></script>

Note the category attributes of the <@hst.headContribution> tags.

Open the file repository-data/webfiles/src/main/resources/site/freemarker/gogreen/base-layout.ftl once more and look for the <@hst.headContributions> tags you added there. Can you figure out where in base-layout.ftl the head contributions made by the banner carousel end up?

Also, note that base-layout.ftl actually already loads the jquery-3.5.1.min.js and bootstrap.min.js scripts because they are required on every page. The result is that these two scripts are loaded twice on the homepage!

Fix this by removing the bottom two head contributions from essentials-carousel.ftl.

Next Step

Configure the News Overview Page

Full Source Code

For reference, the full source code for each of the files you worked on is included below.


<#include "../include/imports.ftl">
  <@hst.include ref="container"/>
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