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Creating a new page from a template


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Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics

with James Williamson

Video: Creating a new page from a template

In our previous movie we created a template for our Cheek Chastain Site. Now we will explore creating new pages based off the template and how to apply the template to pre-existing pages. As we mentioned previously, if you look at the Files panel, we have the templates folder on the root of our site and inside we have our cheek_main.dwt. Now when you upload your site later you don't necessarily have to make sure that templates go along. All of the template code is Dreamweaver specific; you may have noticed that it was in a HTML comment tag. So browsers will ignore it but Dreamweaver understands that it needs to do something. So this is can stay local if you want it to. If you are sharing it with a group, of course, you will want to upload it.
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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
    2. Using the exercise files
      46s
  2. 1h 23m
    1. Reviewing the Coding toolbar
      8m 42s
    2. Customizing the Coding toolbar
      9m 52s
    3. Taking advantage of Code Hinting
      7m 20s
    4. Using snippets and shortcuts
      11m 10s
    5. Using the Quick Tag Editor
      5m 18s
    6. Using Find and Replace
      9m 50s
    7. Regular expressions
      5m 39s
    8. Using Bridge with Dreamweaver CS3
      8m 28s
    9. Round-trip editing with Photoshop CS3
      3m 40s
    10. Leveraging image variables in Photoshop CS3
      7m 32s
    11. Integrating external variables into your workflow
      6m 16s
  3. 37m 26s
    1. Understanding the CSS Styles panel
      7m 59s
    2. Understanding the Cascade
      5m 50s
    3. Understanding Inheritance
      5m 8s
    4. Understanding Specificity
      7m 5s
    5. Managing CSS styles
      5m 4s
    6. Using Design-Time style sheets
      6m 20s
  4. 2h 19m
    1. Using the new CSS template pages
      5m 59s
    2. Understanding DIV tag structure and layout
      12m 0s
    3. Understanding the CSS box model
      10m 0s
    4. Using absolute and relative positioning
      8m 35s
    5. Understanding floating elements
      7m 9s
    6. Clearing floats
      7m 19s
    7. Using floats to control page layout
      3m 45s
    8. Building structure and assigning IDs
      10m 19s
    9. Applying basic styling to structured content
      11m 14s
    10. Positioning container elements
      11m 4s
    11. Enhancing layouts with background graphics
      11m 48s
    12. Creating faux columns with background graphics
      8m 55s
    13. Creating rounded corners with background graphics
      9m 17s
    14. Building navigation with CSS
      16m 57s
    15. Using Dreamweaver's Browser Check feature
      5m 31s
  5. 53m 22s
    1. Creating properly structured forms
      6m 30s
    2. Creating accessible forms
      6m 41s
    3. Using CSS to lay out form structure
      7m 40s
    4. Creating vertical columns for form elements
      7m 48s
    5. Adding user feedback
      5m 52s
    6. Applying advanced styling to forms
      8m 11s
    7. Client-side form validation
      4m 17s
    8. Validating forms with the Spry Validation tools
      6m 23s
  6. 1h 20m
    1. Understanding the Spry framework
      3m 43s
    2. Defining a data source for use in Spry
      3m 56s
    3. Creating a Spry table
      8m 8s
    4. Using the Spry widgets
      8m 11s
    5. Connecting various data sets
      4m 50s
    6. Understanding Spry widget structures
      7m 1s
    7. Applying custom styles to Spry widgets
      6m 24s
    8. Applying additional custom styles to Spry widgets
      8m 46s
    9. Controlling Spry widget behaviors with JavaScript
      6m 0s
    10. Controlling Spry widget animations with JavaScript
      9m 31s
    11. Creating effects with Spry behaviors
      4m 42s
    12. Hand-coding Spry
      9m 11s
  7. 1h 11m
    1. Creating a base template
      8m 6s
    2. Creating editable attributes
      6m 26s
    3. Creating a new page from a template
      7m 42s
    4. Applying a template to an existing page
      4m 36s
    5. Creating nested templates
      5m 24s
    6. Using repeating regions
      6m 34s
    7. Creating editable and non-editable optional regions
      6m 0s
    8. Using template parameters
      7m 26s
    9. Using template expressions
      9m 59s
    10. Using conditional template expressions
      8m 54s
  8. 54m 40s
    1. Examining XML structure
      2m 44s
    2. Creating an XML document
      9m 9s
    3. Using the CDATA structure
      5m 7s
    4. Creating an XSLT file
      4m 33s
    5. Binding data from an XML to an XSLT document
      5m 6s
    6. Inserting repeating regions into an XSL document
      5m 16s
    7. Creating a client-side XSL transformation
      2m 52s
    8. Styling a remote RSS feed
      7m 29s
    9. Creating a server-side XSL transformation
      5m 31s
    10. Writing XSL expressions
      6m 53s
  9. 1h 2m
    1. Overview of building dynamic websites
      1m 35s
    2. Installing PHP, MySQL, and Apache on Mac
      3m 22s
    3. Installing PHP, MySQL, and Apache on Windows
      3m 54s
    4. Creating a MySQL database
      3m 16s
    5. Defining a testing server and database bindings
      6m 14s
    6. Creating a database recordset
      4m 35s
    7. Adding dynamic content to the page
      5m 14s
    8. Creating repeating regions of dynamic content
      7m 6s
    9. Filtering database records
      7m 39s
    10. Using the Live Preview
      10m 22s
    11. Passing URL parameters
      4m 23s
    12. Dynamically generating links
      5m 18s
  10. 57m 9s
    1. Understanding behaviors
      5m 16s
    2. Installing additional behaviors
      3m 39s
    3. Planning to create a custom behavior
      3m 42s
    4. Examining existing behaviors
      5m 32s
    5. Building a behavior function
      7m 23s
    6. Creating an Action file
      6m 48s
    7. Enabling behavior functions
      9m 1s
    8. Initializing the user interface for a behavior
      3m 9s
    9. Loading behaviors in Dreamweaver
      6m 47s
    10. Testing and debugging behaviors
      5m 52s
  11. 27m 12s
    1. Running reports
      7m 41s
    2. Checking and validating links
      3m 40s
    3. Using cloaking
      5m 42s
    4. Using Check In/Check Out
      4m 3s
    5. Using Design Notes
      6m 6s
  12. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics
11h 10m Intermediate Sep 21, 2007

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Covering diverse topics such as improving workflow and managing CSS styles, Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics is a hands-on course that teaches users how to move beyond standard, static websites. Instructor James Williamson explores how to increase productivity, interactivity, and accessibility with Dreamweaver. He also discusses how to extend the application's capabilities with XML and XSL. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

Topics include:
  • Reviewing and customizing the coding toolbar
  • Understanding the CSS Styles panel
  • Using absolute and relative positioning
  • Creating accessible forms
  • Building AJAX pages with the Spry framework
  • Extending templates
  • Working with XML and XSL
  • Building dynamic content
  • Creating custom behaviors in Dreamweaver
  • Running reports
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
James Williamson

Creating a new page from a template

In our previous movie we created a template for our Cheek Chastain Site. Now we will explore creating new pages based off the template and how to apply the template to pre-existing pages. As we mentioned previously, if you look at the Files panel, we have the templates folder on the root of our site and inside we have our cheek_main.dwt. Now when you upload your site later you don't necessarily have to make sure that templates go along. All of the template code is Dreamweaver specific; you may have noticed that it was in a HTML comment tag. So browsers will ignore it but Dreamweaver understands that it needs to do something. So this is can stay local if you want it to. If you are sharing it with a group, of course, you will want to upload it.

Well you don't create a new page from a template by double clicking on the template. That would open up the template all allow you to Edit it. So there are a couple of different ways to do that, and let's explore them. If we go to File and choose New-- From the New Document dialog box that comes up, on the left hand side notice that we have page from template and if I click on that, I get to go to all my sites and I can click on the chapter6 site and look at the cheek_main. When I select that, I see a preview of what the page is going to look like on the right hand side. Now based on what CSS you are using or whether you are using any default, it may look a little different. Ours, for example, is looking unstyled right now, although we know it's going have a CSS attached to it.

Now I am actually going to hit cancel because although that's a very easy way and a very visual way of doing it. I think that there is maybe even an easier way. Next to your Files panel, you are going to see an Assets panel, so go ahead and click on the Assets panel. Of all your asset categories in there and all these categories are listed accounts on the left hand side. The second icon from the bottom is template, so if you don't have that one selected click on it now. This is going to show you a list of all the templates in your site and right now we only have the one. Now if you are on a Mac you want to Ctrl +Click this, but if you are on a PC you will want to just Right Click it and as you do that you can choose New from Template. So go ahead and Right Click the cheek_main and say New from Template.

It creates a brand new page for us, and we have got all of our editable regions on the page. So we will go ahead and throw in some content here. Now rather than forcing you to type a bunch of content, we have a text file with some content inside of it already that we are going to use for our main content. So, let's go back to the Files panel. So if you are following along with me, you are going to want to find the _text folder in chapter6 directory, open that up, and Double Click the about_text. So we are going to recreate our about page. Go ahead and select all the text on a page and copy it. Once you have copied it feel free to go ahead and close the text file. I am going to move over to where my default heading is and I am going to go ahead and highlight that entire region and I am going to paste my copy.

So you can see our text comes in and there is about text. Now because this was in the editable region there are certain things that we can change. For example, all our content should be pasted inside the DIV that says newsarea. Well we are not on the news page anymore, so we need to change that id. I will use the Tag Selector to do that. Click anywhere inside your new text and just go ahead and go down to your Tag Selector and either Right Click or Ctrl+Click that and choose Quick Tag Editor. That will come up and from our ids -- we get a list that comes up, and this list is actually populated from your CSS. So it can prevent a lot of typing. I am going to scroll up and I want to find the aboutArea id.

So I will select aboutArea and hit Enter and that will replace the newsarea. Now we are now going to see any immediate change, but now it has defined as aboutArea and all the content inside of that will be styled using that CSS instead of the newsarea CSS. Let's go ahead and add some formatting to our text. I am going to click in the headline Our Gallery Your Gallery and I will change its formatting using the Property inspector to Heading 1. I will scroll down the page and I will set change directions to heading 2, and The Cheek Chastain Gallery heading must also be a heading 2 so go ahead and do that.

Now we have made some significant changes to our files. So we are going to go ahead and save this. So go up to File and choose Save. Now you want to browse to your root directory, which in this case when we defined our site is the starting file, and we are actually going to save this as about.htm. So we are going to overwrite the existing about file. So go ahead and hit save and it's going to ask us if we want to replace it and we are going to say yes. Now we are almost finished with this. we just need to place a couple of images on the page. Place your cursor right in front of the C in Cheek Chastain and I am going to open up my images directory from my Files panel. Now I could do this from the Assets panel as well, but it's just as easy to do from the Files panel. What I need to do is just browse and find my image.

So I am going to scroll down and there is a file that is the information2.jpeg and you may actually need to expand that out a little bit so that you can see it, but if you can't see the title you can always hover over it and Dreamweaver will pop it up in a tool tip. So we will go ahead and select that and I am just going to drag that and drop it right in front of the Sea in Cheek Chastain. It's going to ask me for some alternative text, so I will just say About Cheek Chastain and it pops my image on the page.

I need one more image and that will go right in front of Directions and it happens to be the infomap.gif, so it's right above our information2 JPEG and I will just drag it right above Directions and we will go ahead and give it an alt text of Cheek Chastain Map, now there is our map. So we will scroll up, save our file, and let's test it in our browser. As we test it, everything looks pretty good; hold on, there is a problem, we haven't change our banner graphic out yet, it's still indicating that the news is the current page so we need to change both of those.

So let's take a look at how we edit those attributes. Let's go back in to Dreamweaver and what I want you to do is go up to the menu and go to Modify and choose Template Properties. So, Modify > Template Properties, this is going to list any template parameters that you might have in our later exercises we will see how we can create these template parameters ourselves, but right now we are dealing with the template parameters that we created when we made editable regions. So let's go ahead and change out our banner alt text and we will go ahead and just highlight that and we will type in About Cheek Chastain. Then we will select our banner image and we will change that out. Now because we told Dreamweaver to the type of attribute was URL, it gives us this nice little browse folder and I am just going to browse and I am going to go in my images directory, banners, and I will find the about banner. And I will ahead and choose that and the document styles are going to stay the same, so we won't change that, but current page has changed.

So we are going to change the current page from News to About, and again, we will go ahead and click OK. Notice that now our gallery info is indicated as the current page and our banner graphic has changed. So we will save that again, test it in our browser, and there we go; gallery info is now indicated as the current page. All the rest of my links are now active including News and we have got the banner graphic that corresponds to the About Page; so there we go, we are done. So let's go ahead and quit Firefox and go back into Dreamweaver. Now through the use of templates we built a new page for our site in less than half the time that it would have taken us without using templates.

So next we will take an existing page from our site and apply our template to it to convert it to our template workflow.

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