# HTML Editing

Bootstrap Studio is a visual editor, and as such HTML can't be edited directly. The application generates HTML code from the components that you add to your page and the options that you choose for them.

You can do nearly everything from the visual tools which Bootstrap Studio gives you, but for the rare cases where you need HTML editing, you can achieve it with the Custom Code component.

# HTML Tab

This is one of the two non-closable tabs in the Editor panel. It gives you an overview of the generated page's HTML. Although code in this window can't be edited, you can set class names and attributes to elements.

HTML Tab

Left clicking an HTML element will select it (updating the Styles tab in the process). Double clicking will open the Attributes panel. Right clicking will show a context menu with useful options, like changing the type of element, copying it as HTML and copying the element's attributes so they can be pasted to another.

# Searching

HTML Tab Searcing

You can search in your page's HTML by text or CSS selector. Thanks to the power of CSS selectors, some pretty advanced searches are possible:

  • p.someclass - paragraphs with a specific class name
  • a[href=""] - links with empty hrefs
  • img:not([alt]) - images without alt attributes
  • h2 + p - select only paragraphs that are preceded by h2 tags
  • h1:first-child - h1 tags that are the first element in their parent

# Editing Attributes

Beneath the HTML preview you can see the Attributes panel. Click to expand it if it isn't visible in its entirety. This panel lets you add an ID, class names and other attributes to the selected HTML element.

HTML Attributes

To navigate the Attributes form use Tab, Shift+Tab and Enter. The attributes are applied automatically to the element, and full Undo/Redo history is retained.

Note

You can add any CSS class that you wish, but some, like in figure-img above, are locked. To change locked classes in Bootstrap Studio, you need to modify the component's options.

# Head Content

Sometimes you need to place specific code in the <head> of your pages. This can be done from the Head Content section in the Settings dialog.

HTML Head Content

The HTML you write here will be added without modification to the <head> sections of all pages of your design when you export and preview. This is the recommended way to include snippets like Google Analytics or other services which need to be present on all pages of your website.

You have two tabs which control where your content will be inserted:

  • Before Content - This includes your HTML content just after the opening <head> tag. This is before Bootstrap's CSS file and your design's stylesheets and meta tags.
  • After Content - This includes your HTML content just before the closing </head> tag, after Bootstrap's CSS file and your design's stylesheets and meta tags.

# Head Content for a Single Page

If you need to include head content only on a specific page, you can do this by right clicking the page in the Design panel and choosing Properties. This will bring a screen much like the one above, but it will apply only for the selected page.

# Meta Tags

As a more structured alternative to Head Content, you can add specific meta tags to your pages, from the Settings dialog.

Meta Tags

As with Head content, this will apply to all pages of your design. If you wish to add meta tags to a specific page, you can do so by right clicking the page in the Design panel and choose Properties.

# Writing HTML

If you need to write unrestricted HTML in Bootstrap Studio, you can do so with the help of the Custom Code component. It's a powerful tool, which lets you freely edit its content as HTML. The app doesn't attempt to parse or validate the code in any way, which opens the door to things like embedding server-side languages or tags which the application doesn't natively support.

Custom Code Editing

# Converting Components to HTML

You can convert any component on the page to Custom Code and unlock it for editing by right clicking it and choosing Convert to HTML.

# Importing HTML

You can import externally created pages by dropping them onto the application window. One limitation to this is that externally created designs are imported as Custom Code and are only editable as HTML. Bootstrap Studio treats them as a black box and doesn't attempt to parse them.

This method of importing is a way to get externally created pages in the app quickly, but it misses most of the benefits that Bootstrap Studio brings in terms of visual editing. For those, you will need to recreate your design inside the application.