How To Use This Template

[ templates have been created to help you build your own guide with an initial structure and some content, file templates, and formatted layout.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  1. Curate content, and keep it brief. Include only what's important (to the reader) and say only as much as you have to on each page. Guides provide just enough information to help people get things done.
  2. Start with the outline. You'll notice that most of our templates provide an outline on the left side with sections (in bold), and individual pages. Most people find the easiest way to write a guide is to plan the structure of it first. You can add new pages and sections using the orange buttons on the left; reorder pages and sections by dragging them to new places; and delete pages and empty sections by clicking on the "delete" button below.
  3. Use "point form". After you've got the main topics you want to cover in your guide, add a couple of point forms on each page on what you want to cover. Once you've added the main information for each page, you can go through the guide - page by page - and make sure it flows the way you'd like.
  4. Use multimedia. When appropriate, use different media. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words, and a video is worth a thousand pictures.
  5. Delete instructions. Once you've completed the content, remember to delete this section and any instructions on individual pages before sending it out to your readers. All instructions are written in red so you can easily identify them on each page.
  6. Perpetual draft. Remember that you can always add and improve content over time. The sooner you can send your guide out and start getting feedback, the faster your guide will improve.
  7. Need Help? If you ever need any help, send us an email at, or use the online chat. We love to help.]