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Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS6
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Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS6

with Paul Trani

Video: Adding a menu bar

No website would really be complete without having some form of navigation, and that's what I want to implement now is basically a menu right up here at the top. You can see I have some text here. And what I can do is I can select, say, for instance the about word. I can go to my Properties panel and with the HTML selected, I can type in some URL or some link to a page, like about.html, and I can link it up that way if I want to. And I'll pick up the link colors that we'll do. But that's pretty straightforward. I want to go beyond that.

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Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS6
2h 48m Beginner Aug 30, 2012

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Join author Paul Trani as he shows how to create a web site step by step with Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, one of the industry's leading web authoring tools. But not just any web site. A responsive HTML5 web site that works across multiple browsers and devices, complete with rich imagery and text, a robust portfolio, video content, and even a contact form. This course covers how to use web standards such as HTML5 for structure and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to control colors, fonts, navigation, and more. The course also demonstrates how to test across multiple browsers and devices and upload your new site to the web.

Topics include:
  • Understanding basic web principles
  • Adding content to a web page
  • Linking to web sites and email addresses
  • Styling content with CSS
  • Creating a layout that fits multiple browsers and devices
  • Building an HTML5 layout
  • Inserting images and video
  • Adding a menu bar
  • Creating a contact form
  • Integrating a Twitter feed
  • Uploading and testing a web site
Subjects:
Web Web Design
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
Paul Trani

Adding a menu bar

No website would really be complete without having some form of navigation, and that's what I want to implement now is basically a menu right up here at the top. You can see I have some text here. And what I can do is I can select, say, for instance the about word. I can go to my Properties panel and with the HTML selected, I can type in some URL or some link to a page, like about.html, and I can link it up that way if I want to. And I'll pick up the link colors that we'll do. But that's pretty straightforward. I want to go beyond that.

I want to create something custom and something that's very flexible. In order to do that, what I'm going to do is I'm going to the Insert panel and I'm going to change that to Spry. I'm going to the Spry elements, all of these widgets that I can implement. What Spry is is it's just a series of related web technologies such as JavaScript, CSS, graphics, all the stuff that I didn't have to create that I could immediately take advantage of. So I'm going to use the Menu Bar, but I encourage you to check out some of these additional items as well.

So keeping in mind where my cursor is, right in here in this nav bar, I'm selecting Spry menu bar. You can see, right off the bat, I can already customize whether I want it to be vertical or horizontal. Going with horizontal, click OK. There it is. It already creates. It adds it as well so. What I'm going to do first off is save this page now, because what happens is it adds all of these various files that I didn't have to write or create or anything.

So I can go ahead and just add those. And notice you'll start to see this Spry menu different places. I don't really need to worry about these files too much, because it's really easy to customize by just selecting it. Selecting the Spry menu bar, and the first thing I'm going to do is start to customize some of the text. So if I go to a Live View, you can see that it's just sort of basic names, and in fact there's some colors that I need to customize. But you can see I have Item 4. I can roll over this Item 3.

It has a submenu as well as additional submenus. So how do you customize this? Well, I'm going to turn off the Live view, selecting that Spry menu bar, in my Properties panel, here we have it. For instance, Item 4, like I just highlighted. I can select it. I can change the text for that item to contact, just like that. So I'm just mimicking this text over here. Let's go up one to Item 3, which is this third item, and that's where those submenus exist. Look at that! I can select to that last item. I can customize it and link it to a different page if I want this submenu, or I can just get rid of it altogether by clicking that minus sign.

There's that tertiary menu as well which you can add, and again I can just remove those, remove that one. Just remove or even add, whatever you need to. Item 3 is actually going to be the portfolio, like that, hitting enter. And again, I can customize the link so this says portfolio.html, and we'll actually link to that page if I want to. But I'm not going to worry about that right now. I think when I add those pages I'll make sure I type in the name. Item 2, this will be my About page, adding that in Item 1, again removing those submenu items and calling that home. There we are.

In fact, if I click Live View, you can see my menu right there, and I can also see those rollovers as well. So, pretty slick, as I turn off Live View. You can customize this all you want regardless of what it currently says. You can change that, add you know, different menus as well. In fact, all I need is get rid of that right now and save my page. So selecting Live View, my next goal is to really just jump in here and start to customize the look of this as well.

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