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Using Federalist

Adding a new site

Federalist shows you a list of your existing sites along with a button to add a new site. When you add a new site, Federalist offers you a list of available templates. Select "use this template" under a template to use it on your new website.

After you pick a template, your new site will be built and added to your list of websites. If you don't see a new "view site" link in your list of websites, refresh the page. Sometimes there is a slight delay as your website finishes building.

Federalist templates

Federalist provides templates for common websites. Here are the templates currently available:

U.S. Web Design Standards Landing and Docs Template

US Web Design Standards template

Multi Page Template

Multi Page Template

Single Page Template

Single Page Template

Additionally, Federalist will build any Jekyll or Hugo website, supporting custom website templates. Hugo support is currently experimental.

Content strategy

The first step to building a new site is to map a strategy for the site's content. 18F provides several resources to assist with this process.

The 18F method cards are an overview of several different approaches for researching user needs and designing a website. This is often the best place to start for new projects.

The Federalist team also provides a content guide specifically for Federalist websites. This guide will help you "convey what your team does, using language and tone that a general audience will understand, or how to think about what to write in each section of your new website."

Managing site settings

The settings option for a site lets you adjust how Federalist handles the site. These settings are for advanced functionality and most people will not need to change them.