Here are a few more details about designing page templates in the upcoming versions of Sitefinity.
Master pages enable developers to define common areas that every page will share, like the number of cells, headers, footers, navigation and so on. They are developed in Visual Studio and for the time being you will not be able to edit them within Sitefinity, that is why we will offer a collection of ready-made master pages in Sitefinity. In the future, we will provide a designer for master pages in Sitefinity.
Templates define the structural appearance of the controls within the placeholders on a page.The template is based on the
Master page markup together with controls added to its placeholders. Templates logically relate Master pages to Web pages.
When uploading a Master page, Sitefinity
actually creates an empty Template that can be later multiplied and modified. A Template
is referencing a Master page and actually defines how the controls on a given
Page are organized, i.e. what controls are present and the way they are
arranged. A Template can be inherited by one or many Web pages. Unlike Master pages,
Templates can be modified within Sitefinity as long as they are added to the
Templates Kit first. You can edit the number and type of controls and the appearance (themes, skins, CSS) but you cannot change the structure (number of cells), merge or split cells.
The edit templates functionality will be available in Sitefinity 3.0 beta version.
All the best,
the Sitefinity team