Approaches to headers and footers
This isn't a support request, so there's no need for diagnostics.
People seem to be using the PHP function perch_layout() to include headers and footers that are common across Perch websites, apparently not so differently than how it might be done in some applications of WordPress. I guess these layouts are based on templates from the templates/layout directory, empty by default.
I don't understand how layouts are referenced in the dashboard.
But "Master pages" appear prominently in the dashboard and seem to facilitate editing based on regions, which I seem to understand. Couldn't every page simply incorporate the header and the footer through one master page?
Then again, I could probably simply use shared regions for all the fields in the header and footer instead.
Is there a best way to have all the fields in the header and footer easily editable, the same way regions are?
I cut out my header into a file "header.php" in /templates/layouts/header, but it didn't render on the webpage or show up in the dashboard, even after I put a region call in it and reloaded the page and then logged out of perch and logged back in.