The holy grail of UI design and development for years has been producing modular elements that can be reused indefinitely after initial inception. It is pretty standard that certain elements are reused across projects like buttons, inputs, tabs and other, but correctly positioning them on a page requires certain knowledge in both design and development. For this reason, reusable sections are being defined, so let’s take a look at both templates and slices.
Templates are designs of full pages that have editable content and imagery. Page templates have been a regular go-to for web developers to showcase a unique design with a versatile purpose. With a page template, you can pick the type of content a page should have, structure a layout, and then populate with the provided copy and media.
But what if you removed the constrain of a defined page layout, and gave users the option to make each page unique, all while keeping the simple copy editing feature? This is the idea behind slice templates.
Today, page builders are becoming increasingly popular with more tech-savy clients and larger sites. They use slices as a more flexible design approach for pages. Maintaining the overall design can become difficult in some cases, as it can deviate from industry standards if adjusted improperly. It is important to not deviate too far from UX standards while also following best practices for maximum content.