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Above, aside, below

Enterprise-grade web pages have converged on a standard layout with the following modules:

  • Header

  • Ancillary content above the item

  • Item

  • Ancillary content to the side of the item

  • Ancillary content below the item

  • Footer

Standard page layout
Figure 244. Standard page layout

Referring to the previous diagram—

  • The header and footer are typically contain items that do not change often, such as links to subsections and contact information.

  • The item block is also very stable. Once it is published, it rarely changes.

  • Content in the above, aside, and below blocks are often very dynamic.

    • The above block can have a breaking news item (for news sites) or a trending recipe (for cooking sites).

    • The aside block can have advertisements.

    • The below block can have reader comments or related articles.

Not every site uses all three ancillary blocks: some do not use any and some use all three. In addition, what appears in those blocks is a matter of preference; some sites place advertisements in the aside block, some in the below block, and some in both. Some sites use only the aside block and place multiple modules in it, such as advertisements and related articles.

The ancillary blocks follow the typical rules of content hierarchy. If you define what appears in these blocks at the global level, they flow to the site level, then the section level, then the package level, and finally the item level.