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Adding content to a site

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Video: Adding content to a site

As you've already seen, all the files in assets used in your website need to be stored somewhere in your Local root folder, but there will be sometimes when you need to bring in new content that's outside of your Local root folder. For example, if a client sends you some new images that she'd like you to place on her website. The images might come to you in an email, or on a CD. To use those images, you need to move them into your Local root folder. Let's take a look at a couple ways of how to do this. Inside the ourproducts folder, I'm going to open up the kettlesandteapots file. This page lists the three types of kettles our company carries.

Adding content to a site

As you've already seen, all the files in assets used in your website need to be stored somewhere in your Local root folder, but there will be sometimes when you need to bring in new content that's outside of your Local root folder. For example, if a client sends you some new images that she'd like you to place on her website. The images might come to you in an email, or on a CD. To use those images, you need to move them into your Local root folder. Let's take a look at a couple ways of how to do this. Inside the ourproducts folder, I'm going to open up the kettlesandteapots file. This page lists the three types of kettles our company carries.

There are suppose to be pictures of each of the kettles on this page but those pictures haven't been added yet. I went ahead, and built the page while waiting for the client to send me the photos, and I used these three place holders to represent where the pictures are eventually going to go. If I look out into my desktop for a moment, in the 03_sitecontrol folder. There's a folder in here called kettle images, and in here we have three images of our kettles. But these folders are currently outside of my Local root folder because if you recall in the first movie of this chapter, we defined the teacloud_03 folder on my desktop, here, as my main root folder.

These files are currently sitting inside this folder here. I could just select these images, and drag them into my teacloud_03 folder, but remember you should try to do all of your file and folder management from inside {italic}Dreamweaver. {plain}So, let's go back to {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} In the Files panel, currently it's displaying the contents of my Site folder. I'm going to click this menu up here and navigate out to my Desktop. In this case, I'm going to go to Computer, at which point I can see my Desktop there, and I'm just going to expand this a bit.

And on my Desktop there is the 03_sitecontrol folder right there. I'll open that up. There's kettle images and here are my three kettle images. For this example I'm just going to bring in the first two images. I want to save the third image to show you another way of bringing images into {italic}Dreamweaver.{plain} I'm going to select the first two images by clicking once and holding down Shift, and clicking the second one, select them both at the same time. Now, I'm going to right- click, or Ctrl + click, and choose Edit > Copy. That copies the images into my computers memory. Now, I'm going to go back to my teacloud site.

This is how easy it is to switch back, and forth between different sites and different locations on your computer. Now, I'm back inside my teacloud site, and I want to place these in a logical location. I'm going to look inside the assets folder, inside images. And inside the images folder there's a folder called "products", and there's already a folder in here called "kettles", which is currently empty. I'm simply going to right-click on the kettles folder, and choose Edit > Paste. Now, my two images have been added to my kettles folder inside my site. All I did was copy the pictures there. If I go back and look at my desktop, notice that the images are still sitting here in their original location. All I did was I copied those images into my site.

If I looked inside my teacloud site, inside assets > images > products > kettles, there are those two images. So, to add these images to my page, and we'll talk a lot more about adding images in an upcoming chapter, I'm going to select my first place holder for my images, and looking in my site folder here, I think my first one is my earl grey JPEG. I'm going to select my image place holder next to Earl Grey. Down here in the Properties Inspector, there's a field called "Src", which is where I specify the location of the image I want to use here. Just like in the previous movie I had a source field for the {italic}Flash{plain} Video that I had embedded in a page. I'm going to click this little icon here, which is called "Point to File", and I'm going to drag out an arrow that comes out, and follows me around and I'm going to point at the image I want to place here, in this case, earls-grey, right there. And there's my image. How cool is that? The other image that we have so far is our Simple Elegance kettle. I'll do the same thing. I'm going to select the place holder where it needs to go, and I will point at that file like so. And there's my second kettle image. The third image is still sitting outside my root folder.

I mentioned previously that {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} CS3 has the ability to automatically copy images you drag into your site, and place them in your root folder as long as you specify the default location for images. Just incase you don't remember how to do this, we go up to Site > Manage Sites, there's my site. I'm going to choose to Edit this and there's that Default images folder that we looked at when we defined our site but we didn't do anything with. Let's go ahead and define our Default images folder now. It automatically takes me into my site folder, teacloud_03, and I'm going to define my assets folder as my Default images folder, so I click Choose, and OK, and Done. Instead of copying, and pasting the third image in, which in this case is this teacloud-azul image. I'm simply going to drag it onto my {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} page, just like this.

I can actually get rid of that place holder image since that image replaced those Click outside there, and there's that image. If I look at the Src field here, notice that it's already been placed inside the assets folder. In fact if I come in here and look around the assets folder, I might have to do a refresh. Yes, there it is, teacloud-azul.jpeg. So, because I defined a Default images folder, when I dragged that image into my {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} page, {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} automatically copied that image into my Default images folder.

But that's not where the other kettle images are, they're sitting here inside this kettles folder. But moving this file is really easy as we saw in the previous movie. All I have to do is take the image, drag it into the folder that I want it to be in. {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} will tell me that we need to update the links. I'll say Update, and sure enough, now when I look inside here notice how the path has changed now. It's inside assets, inside images, inside products, kettles, and finally there's the name of the file. So, that's how you can bring in files that's outside of your Local root folder, and once they're in there you can add them to your pages, or move them around using the Files panel.

{italic}Dreamweaver{plain} handles all the coding stuff for you so, you can just put images where you want them, and let {italic}Dreamweaver{plain} worry about writing the proper code.

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  1. 1m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
  2. 21m 0s
    1. HTML vs. XHTML
      3m 4s
    2. What is CSS?
      3m 48s
    3. What is XML?
      2m 11s
    4. What is DHTML?
      1m 9s
    5. What is JavaScript?
      1m 23s
    6. File naming conventions
      3m 22s
    7. What is an index page?
      6m 3s
  3. 46m 18s
    1. Setting up your workspace
      2m 39s
    2. The Welcome screen
      4m 11s
    3. Windows and Mac differences
      3m 18s
    4. The Insert bar
      4m 38s
    5. The Property Inspector
      1m 50s
    6. The Document toolbar
      6m 6s
    7. The Document window
      9m 11s
    8. Panels and panel groups
      6m 58s
    9. Saving workspace layouts
      2m 22s
    10. Defining a default browser
      5m 5s
  4. 24m 59s
    1. Defining a site
      9m 5s
    2. File and folder management
      3m 11s
    3. Understanding path structure
      3m 17s
    4. Adding content to a site
      6m 6s
    5. Creating a site map
      3m 20s
  5. 38m 39s
    1. Creating a new blank site
      6m 0s
    2. Creating and saving a new document
      7m 54s
    3. About DOCTYPE
      3m 59s
    4. Inserting images
      9m 26s
    5. Inserting text
      3m 35s
    6. Aligning text and images
      4m 9s
    7. Inserting meta tags
      3m 36s
  6. 45m 58s
    1. Link basics
      6m 4s
    2. Linking with Point to File
      5m 18s
    3. External links
      4m 15s
    4. Creating email links
      5m 49s
    5. Named anchors
      7m 37s
    6. Linking to a file
      7m 35s
    7. Image maps
      9m 20s
  7. 1h 8m
    1. About CSS
      4m 52s
    2. Anatomy of a style sheet
      4m 10s
    3. CSS and page properties
      10m 11s
    4. Moving an internal style sheet to an external style sheet
      6m 46s
    5. The CSS Styles panel
      3m 48s
    6. CSS selectors
      2m 37s
    7. Type selectors
      12m 13s
    8. ID selectors
      10m 21s
    9. Class selectors
      5m 42s
    10. Creating rollovers with pseudo-class selectors
      7m 22s
  8. 42m 54s
    1. CSS vs. the Font tag
      2m 42s
    2. Formatting text with the Property Inspector
      8m 41s
    3. What measurement should I use?
      3m 15s
    4. Managing white space with margins, padding, and line height
      8m 34s
    5. Using font lists
      5m 45s
    6. Aligning text
      2m 47s
    7. Creating lists
      5m 8s
    8. Creating Flash text
      6m 2s
  9. 43m 19s
    1. About tables
      1m 28s
    2. Tables in Code view
      2m 36s
    3. Creating and adding content to tables
      7m 40s
    4. Changing table borders with XHTML
      5m 46s
    5. Coloring tables with XHTML and CSS
      6m 41s
    6. Aligning table content
      6m 39s
    7. Sorting tables
      3m 6s
    8. Setting table widths
      4m 48s
    9. Creating rounded-corner tables
      4m 35s
  10. 28m 22s
    1. Dreamweaver's layout tools
      3m 8s
    2. Tracing images
      4m 58s
    3. Adding AP div tags
      7m 29s
    4. Working with Layout Tables
      6m 55s
    5. Adjusting table widths and nesting tables
      5m 52s
  11. 16m 19s
    1. What is a device?
      3m 14s
    2. Attaching a printer-friendly style sheet
      3m 5s
    3. Styling for print
      7m 41s
    4. Adobe Device Central
      2m 19s
  12. 29m 54s
    1. Rollover rules
      3m 31s
    2. Creating simple rollovers
      5m 36s
    3. Creating disjointed rollovers
      7m 12s
    4. Creating navigation bars with multiple states
      9m 21s
    5. Creating Flash buttons
      4m 14s
  13. 26m 32s
    1. Viewing the code
      6m 9s
    2. Editing in Code view
      3m 0s
    3. The Code toolbar
      5m 11s
    4. Working with Code Collapse
      4m 27s
    5. The Quick Tag Editor
      2m 20s
    6. Working with snippets
      5m 25s
  14. 32m 45s
    1. About forms
      3m 23s
    2. Adding text fields
      9m 52s
    3. Adding checkboxes and radio buttons
      5m 37s
    4. Adding lists and menus
      6m 5s
    5. Submitting form results
      3m 23s
    6. Styling form elements with CSS
      4m 25s
  15. 23m 17s
    1. Opening a new browser window
      9m 38s
    2. Creating a popup message
      2m 50s
    3. Validating text fields
      2m 42s
    4. Getting more behaviors
      7m 2s
    5. Removing extensions
      1m 5s
  16. 14m 58s
    1. External image editor preferences
      3m 18s
    2. Built-in image editing tools
      3m 11s
    3. Roundtrip editing from Dreamweaver to Fireworks or Photoshop
      4m 39s
    4. Copying and pasting
      3m 50s
  17. 34m 16s
    1. Templates in action
      5m 12s
    2. Creating a new template
      6m 36s
    3. Applying templates
      3m 36s
    4. Modifying a template
      1m 40s
    5. Adding repeating regions
      3m 28s
    6. Working with repeating regions
      3m 13s
    7. Adding optional regions
      3m 34s
    8. Creating a library item
      3m 48s
    9. Modifying a library item
      3m 9s
  18. 13m 2s
    1. Using the History panel
      4m 24s
    2. Saving History steps as commands
      3m 25s
    3. Using Find and Replace
      5m 13s
  19. 14m 44s
    1. W3C accessibility guidelines
      4m 6s
    2. Accessibility preferences
      1m 29s
    3. Inserting accessible images
      3m 2s
    4. Inserting accessible tables
      2m 53s
    5. Inserting accessible form objects
      3m 14s
  20. 26m 17s
    1. About media objects
      2m 6s
    2. Linking to audio and video files
      5m 56s
    3. Embedding audio and video files
      7m 7s
    4. Setting parameters
      4m 27s
    5. Inserting Flash content
      2m 37s
    6. Inserting Flash video
      4m 4s
  21. 28m 47s
    1. Getting site reports
      3m 35s
    2. Checking links sitewide
      3m 30s
    3. Signing up with Tripod
      6m 36s
    4. Entering remote info
      4m 13s
    5. Publishing your site
      5m 41s
    6. Updating and publishing pages
      5m 12s
  22. 44s
    1. Goodbye
      44s

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