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Using Federalist

Federalist Sitelist Screenshot

Getting Authorized to use Federalist

Before you start using Federalist, the Federalist team needs to authorize you to use Federalist, either for a live site or for testing during the sales process. This will happen as part of business development conversations with the Federalist team or upon agreement execution.

Adding a new site

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

After you pick a template or an existing repo to add to Federalist, your new site will be built and added to your list of websites. If you don’t see the new site in your list of websites, refresh the page. Sometimes there is a slight delay as your website finishes building.

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

Federalist Settings Screenshot

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.

Basic Settings

Advanced Settings