A Master Objects is basically an object or page content that is stored on it’s own unique page (the ‘Master Page”) so that it can be shared on many other pages. By having only ONE master page that can be associated with multiple target pages, this allows you to edit one page of content that will be updated across all it’associated target pages automatically. These objects will embed and display in the target page exactly as they are on the master page – but at a specific location on that target page as you determine.
You can even use multiple master page objects on a single page.
Let’s say you have a certain layout which is the same for all your pages and you don’t want to copy/paste it between all your pages; simply create the layout once in a master page and insert the layout of that page in all your other pages using the master page object. When you want to update the layout you will only have to do this once in the original (master) page.
More specifically…..A Master OBJECT is stored on a Master PAGE of it’s own (a page that no one ever actually goes to on your website – it acts as a “feed” to the target page). But this Master OBJECT/PAGE can be associated with many other pages called a TARGET page.
Each of your master objects needs to represent a specific part of your target page. Remember that your master PAGE (the page that contains the shared object), will be like a transparent overlay when it is associated with a target page. So you want to always keep the content on it in the uppermost and left most part of the master PAGE. Avoid all unnecessary white space.
So, when you place that object on the TARGET page, the target page will only display the master page content itself – no other extra blank space. The best practice is to keep your master page objects tight and streamlined.
Here is a good example of this concept:
Go to this page below and notice where my resources box is on the right hand side. (The box with YouTube, FAQ’s download etc.)
That box is a LAYER with FontAwesome Icons and text. It is shared on about 100 pages of my website. Although, there is actually only ONE of them because it is a master object.
Now, for a behind-the-scenes view, look at the actual master page that object is stored on (the page no one would normally ever go to.):
Notice it’s placement is tight against the top and left edge so that the object does not bring in any extra spacing to the target page. Compare that to where it is actually displayed on the TARGET page.
Other examples of master objects on each target video page are these:
Here’s the tutorial video for Master Pages and Master Objects:
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