W D Templates

Statiq Web supports multiple template languages and you can specify which ones should be applied for your site. The specification of a template language, to what files it should apply, and when it should be executed is generally referred to as a template.

A template applies to documents with a particular media type (generally inferred from the file extension) and the definition indicates the content type and processing phase in which the template engine should be executed (either the process or post-process phase).

Default Templates

The following templates are defined by default and are executed in the specified phase:




Adding Templates

Templates are defined and modified using the Template class and Templates collection. When defining a template you can specify the content type the template should apply to (assets, content, or data), the processing phase in which the template engine should be executed, the media type of files the template should be executed on, and the module to execute for the template.

You can add or modify templates with the bootstrapper:

  • .ConfigureTemplates(templates => ...)

There's also a specific extension for adding a new template:

  • .AddTemplate(string mediaType, ContentType contentType, Phase phase, IModule module)

Modifying Templates

A bootstrapper extensions is also provided for modifying existing templates:

  • .ModifyTemplate(string mediaType, Func<IModule, IModule> modifyModule)

This lets you edit or change the module used in the template for a given media type. For example, if you want to customize the RenderMarkdown module by adding an extension:

// ...
  .ModifyTemplate(MediaTypes.Markdown, module => ((RenderMarkdown)module)
    .UseExtension(new Markdig.Extensions.Emoji.EmojiExtension()))

Using this approach you can change the module for any template by casting the module to the correct type and modifying it.

You can also return an entirely new module:

// ...
  .ModifyTemplate(MediaTypes.Markdown, _ => new MyCustomMarkdownModule())

If you return null from the delegate you can "deactivate" the template as well. For example, this will turn off Markdown rendering:

// ...
  .ModifyTemplate(MediaTypes.Markdown, _ => null)

Removing Templates

Instead of modifying the template to set a null module, there's also an extension for removing a template entirely:

  • .RemoveTemplate(string mediaType)

For example, if you process Sass files yourself you might not want Statiq to process them:

// ...


In addition to rendering content in the document, templates are responsible for rendering common layouts. A collection of layout files and other common functionality is often called a theme.

The HTML template is generally responsible for applying layouts, which is why one is defined. By default, the HTML template references the same Razor module as the Razor template. That way, any plain HTML files or other non-Razor document like Markdown files will still be run through the Razor engine to apply layouts. To change this behavior and specify a different template for processing HTML files, you can replace the module:

.ConfigureTemplates(templates => templates[MediaTypes.Html].Module = new SomeOtherModule())