Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4
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Adding text content


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Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4

with Paul Trani

Video: Adding text content

Dreamweaver not only allows you to create a webpage from scratch by keying in all the information into a blank page. But what you can also do is copy and paste text and even images from other locations. For instance, here I have Microsoft Word opened. So, you could have Word open. So, you could have a Word document and maybe this lists out all the content. So, I have a Home page, About page content, Portfolio and Contact. Really I want to transfer all of this information into various web pages. So, I can easily select this text.

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2h 41m Beginner Sep 16, 2009

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Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4 shows the basics of doing just that—building a first web site. Adobe Certified Instructor Paul Trani walks through the important steps of creating a web site from concept to publishing, using Dreamweaver CS4. He teaches how to create basic web pages, add text and image content, use Cascading Style Sheets for design and layout, create a photo gallery, and even check the final site for browser compatibility. He also demonstrates how to create a contact form to encourage viewer feedback on the site. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the Dreamweaver workspace for first-time users
  • Linking to external web pages and sites
  • Improving the presentation of text and images on the site
  • Building a layout using Cascading Style Sheets
  • Making navigation reusable across multiple pages
  • Displaying content using the Accordion widget
  • Creating a contact form and sending data from it
  • Making the final site search engine-friendly
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
Paul Trani

Adding text content

Dreamweaver not only allows you to create a webpage from scratch by keying in all the information into a blank page. But what you can also do is copy and paste text and even images from other locations. For instance, here I have Microsoft Word opened. So, you could have Word open. So, you could have a Word document and maybe this lists out all the content. So, I have a Home page, About page content, Portfolio and Contact. Really I want to transfer all of this information into various web pages. So, I can easily select this text.

Go to Edit and copy it and I can go into Dreamweaver and I know that for my homepage, it's going to be my index.html, so I'm going to double-click on that. And here I'm in my index.html page. I can delete this text that's currently there and I can go to Edit and I want to select Paste Special, just so you can see what's going on and our different options. Because you are given ability to just paste the text only, that would be appropriate if I didn't want to paste in any of the formatting.

But notice I can paste in text with structure and even text with basic formatting as well. So again, if I have bold, any italics, any sort of header text that will paste in and even there is full formatting. But again, I'm going to paste in this text with basic formatting and sure enough, there it is. In fact, let me go to Design view. You can see here's my text. What this is, is it pasted in this text as Heading 1 because that's what it was previously formatted as in that Word document. This line is bold text, or strong, and then there is some italics in here as well.

So, let me go to Split View. You can see that say for instance Los Angeles Times has emphasis. So that's this tag. So, copying and pasting from other programs, you can maintain the basic formatting of that text and really it saves me a lot of time because most of this work is done. So, that's looking pretty darn good and I want to move on to, say for instance, the About page, which currently doesn't have anything in it, and in fact, I'll just delete that text there and I'll Hide Dreamweaver and move on down the line.

So again, I can select all of this text, copy it and go into Dreamweaver and paste this text as well. It gives me the same formatting. Everything is looking pretty darn good. Let me go to my portfolio page and again, I can Hide Dreamweaver. Go out to that section, which is a lot shorter, but I can take this content and each time I paste it, it's applying my last option that I have selected here.

So, it's always going to paste with structure plus basic formatting. And perfect. It's looking pretty good so far. And really the whole goal is to get this content in here. This contact page for instance is pretty interesting because there is a table with data in it as well. So I can copy all of that and if I'm go into Dreamweaver to my Contact page, I can paste that in and sure enough, it pastes it in as a table as well.

So, again you can take content from other sources, whether it's Word or it's your email or any other sort of format, you can copy and paste it into Dreamweaver and largely for the most part, keep that formatting in place. So, and really this is basic formatting. It converts it to HTML formatting. So as we can see even in here we have some paragraph text, but what I can even do is say for instance if I want to apply additional formatting, I can go ahead and do that by selecting, say, Vogue Australia.

If I want that publication to be in italics or to give it emphasis, I can select it and then in my Properties panel under HTML, I can go ahead and make it italics. So, sure enough, it gives it emphasis and it looks pretty good. So again, whether I'm copying and pasting text in, I can always go in and apply additional formatting as well. And really the next step is to apply even more formatting to this page but in general, the content exists and you can really start to see my site come together.

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Q: After creating the website as instructed in the tutorial, and uploading the site to the internet, the website does not seem to work for every browser. How can one make sure that the website will work for all browsers?
A: An important step when creating a website is to check for browser compatibility. To do so in Dreamweaver, go to Window > Results > Browser Compatibility. Click the Play icon in the left corner then go to Settings and target the browsers you¹re after. Then hit the Play button to run it and check the page that’s open. If there’s an issue, best-case scenario, it should show you what the issue is and link out to a solution. Worst case is that it’s a pretty unique issue, in which case further troubleshooting would be needed.

Q: The background image is tiling, instead of being one large image. How is this corrected in Dreamweaver?
A: This can be corrected by using a larger image, something around 1024x768 that will fill up most of the monitor space. The issue is that the background image is just too small. Note that tiling of the background image can be turned off in the CSS Panel, but that would only result in a single small image. So it’s better to just use a larger image for the background.
Q: When trying to import SWF content, I get a message: “This file is outside the root folder of site ‘xxxxx’ and may not be accessible when you publish the site.” What is causing this?
A: Make sure your SWF file (and all files you put on a page) are located in your local site. Basically make sure you set up a local site in the site panel. It will ask where to put your local site on your computer. Just make sure you SWF is in that folder and you won’t get that error.
 
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