# The global doc: sharing content across pages

In the previous global settings section you explored different ways of using global content. But what if your users need more control over their footer?

You can use data.global to reference the same doc from anywhere on the site. It looks like this:

{% block main %}
  <div class="main-content">
    {{ apos.singleton(data.global, 'footer', 'apostrophe-rich-text', {
      toolbar: [ 'Bold', 'Italic', 'Styles', 'Link', 'Unlink' ]
    }) }}
{% endblock %}

Just like data.page, data.global can contain Apostrophe areas and singletons. Unlike data.page, it always refers to the same, shared document. So it is ideal for a footer, banner or other sitewide content element.


data.global is great, but don't put your entire site in there! Sometimes beginning Apostrophe developers will add hundreds of areas to global. This is not a good idea. A good rule of thumb is that you should store your content with the appropriate page, or the appropriate piece, unless it is needed at least 50% of the time... because the global doc has to be loaded by the server 100% of the time.