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Questions about switching templates

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  1. F
    F avatar
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    15 Mar 2011
    11 May 2011
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    I started a website using a template based on a sitefinity template (no custom masterpage). So far, all my pages are using this template.
    I want to switch to a new template based on a masterpage i will create myself.

    What are the steps to ensure that when i will switch my pages to my new template, the content won't be lost?
    For instance, will I have to use specific name for the different placeholder IDs?

    Thank you,
  2. Stanislav Velikov
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    18 Sep 2017
    13 May 2011
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    Hello F,

    You should you specific ID for the content placeholders in your .master page. The id`s must be the id`s of the placeholders you already populated with content. To get them you must go to the database of your project and find dbo.sf_object_data where the placeholder id`s are stored. there is a column place_holder and you will notice the ID`s of your placeholder (TD2D0ACAB001_Col00 and they increment in the order you placed you widgets TD2D0ACAB002_Col00 ...). If you don`t specify your content placeholders with the right id the content will not be lost, but you will not be able to edit it in the backend.
    I recommit using Revision history for your pages to be able to revert to previous state if you make a mistake.
    Consider making a theme if you want to just change the design of the pages as the theme requires nothing special to apply to the page.

    If you have further questions don`t hesitate to ask.

    Stanislav Velikov
    the Telerik team
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