Sections and Pages

Pages and sections are actually very similar.

🔗 Page variables

Zola will try to load the templates/page.html template, the page.html template of the theme if one is used or will render the built-in template: a blank page.

Whichever template you decide to render, you will get a page variable in your template with the following fields:

content: String;
title: String?;
description: String?;
date: String?;
slug: String;
path: String;
draft: Bool;
// the path, split on '/'
components: Array<String>;
permalink: String;
summary: String?;
taxonomies: HashMap<String, Array<String>>;
extra: HashMap<String, Any>;
// Naive word count, will not work for languages without whitespace
word_count: Number;
// Based on https://help.medium.com/hc/en-us/articles/214991667-Read-time
reading_time: Number;
// `earlier` and `later` are only populated if the section variable `sort_by` is set to `date`
// and only set when rendering the page itself
earlier: Page?;
later: Page?;
// `heavier` and `lighter` are only populated if the section variable `sort_by` is set to `weight`
// and only set when rendering the page itself
heavier: Page?;
lighter: Page?;
// Year/month/day is only set if the page has a date and month/day are 1-indexed
year: Number?;
month: Number?;
day: Number?;
// Paths of colocated assets, relative to the content directory
assets: Array<String>;
// The relative paths of the parent sections until the index onef for use with the `get_section` Tera function
// The first item is the index section and the last one is the parent section
// This is filled after rendering a page content so it will be empty in shortcodes
ancestors: Array<String>;
// The relative path from the `content` directory to the markdown file
relative_path: String;
// The language for the page if there is one. Default to the config `default_language`
lang: String;
// Information about all the available languages for that content
translations: Array<TranslatedContent>;

🔗 Section variables

By default, Zola will try to load templates/index.html for content/_index.md and templates/section.html for others _index.md files. If there isn't one, it will render the built-in template: a blank page.

Whichever template you decide to render, you will get a section variable in your template with the following fields:

content: String;
title: String?;
description: String?;
path: String;
// the path, split on '/'
components: Array<String>;
permalink: String;
extra: HashMap<String, Any>;
// Pages directly in this section, sorted if asked
pages: Array<Pages>;
// Direct subsections to this section, sorted by subsections weight
// This only contains the path to use in the `get_section` Tera function to get
// the actual section object if you need it
subsections: Array<String>;
// Unicode word count
word_count: Number;
// Based on https://help.medium.com/hc/en-us/articles/214991667-Read-time
reading_time: Number;
// Paths of colocated assets, relative to the content directory
assets: Array<String>;
// The relative paths of the parent sections until the index onef for use with the `get_section` Tera function
// The first item is the index section and the last one is the parent section
// This is filled after rendering a page content so it will be empty in shortcodes
ancestors: Array<String>;
// The relative path from the `content` directory to the markdown file
relative_path: String;
// The language for the section if there is one. Default to the config `default_language`
lang: String;
// Information about all the available languages for that content
translations: Array<TranslatedContent>;

🔗 Table of contents

Both page and section templates have a toc variable which corresponds to an array of Header. A Header has the following fields:

// The hX level
level: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6;
// The generated slug id
id: String;
// The text of the header
title: String;
// A link pointing directly to the header, using the inserted anchor
permalink: String;
// All lower level headers below this header
children: Array<Header>;

🔗 Translated content

Both page and section have a translations field which corresponds to an array of TranslatedContent. If your site is not using multiple languages, this will always be an empty array. A TranslatedContent has the following fields:

// The language code for that content, empty if it is the default language
lang: String?;
// The title of that content if there is one
title: String?;
// A permalink to that content
permalink: String;