What is a Quick Start Design?

Quick-Start templates are a great option for schools interested in launching a site on an accelerated timeline or for schools who are unable to commit resources to a full-scale Web design project. This guide will help you select the theme that best fits your school’s brand and online communication goals.

All quick-start templates are built with onMessage’s responsive Web design (RWD) functionality, enabling the school’s site to scale and reposition for optimal display on each user’s device. The general explanation for how this works is that design elements such as photos or main navigation shrink proportionally from the full width of a large desktop monitor to an iPad display. On devices smaller than an iPad, continually shrinking features would render them too small to read or click, so the system switches from scaling to repositioning. 

The repositioning prioritizes elements from top to bottom, left to right, so a full-size design with a logo in the uppermost left corner will feature this graphic at the very top on the phone display. Media query settings in the CSS code are also used to control where items display at various screen sizes. Due in part to these settings, changes to quick-start templates in the design process are limited to logos, colors and fonts, and any requests for structural modifications may incur additional charges.

About the Contemporary Template

Contemporary combines favorable elements from the options above — a large focal image similar to Banded and Full Browser, and the clean lines of White Space — to form a unique template with modern appeal.

Things to Think About

  • Elevate works well with either a horizontal or vertical logo (a vertical logo will increase the height of the top block).
  • Schools with non-traditional colors such as purple can benefit by subtly using their colors as accents in places such as the login button and channel titles.
  • The subtle use of color in the core design should be offset by bright, high-quality imagery, especially on the home page.
  • Depending on the user’s device and screen resolution, vertical scrolling may be needed to see all information on the home page