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Dreamweaver makes it easy to create many web pages with the basic HTML structure already in place and I can easily do that from the Welcome Screen, the middle column, I can create a new HTML document. So, I have selected that and we'll go ahead and create an HTML document and I'm going to make sure the Split Layout View is shown and with this new document, I can go ahead and give it a title, Jane Doe Photography, just like that.

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Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4
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
Subjects:
Web Web Design Projects
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
Paul Trani

Creating web pages

Dreamweaver makes it easy to create many web pages with the basic HTML structure already in place and I can easily do that from the Welcome Screen, the middle column, I can create a new HTML document. So, I have selected that and we'll go ahead and create an HTML document and I'm going to make sure the Split Layout View is shown and with this new document, I can go ahead and give it a title, Jane Doe Photography, just like that.

I can also give it some page content. This is the homepage. That's what this page is going to be. Then I can even go ahead and save this page to my Desktop and I'm just going to call this Index HTML and place it on my Desktop. So, that's a quick and dirty way to make an HTML page but as you can see, I can't get to that Welcome Screen anymore. What I can do is go to File > New. From this New Document dialog box, I can make sure I'm creating a new HTML page with no layouts.

I can just click Create. It does the same thing, so I have Untitled-2 and I can call this About Jane Doe. So, I'm just going to make a series of pages. This is the About page. I'm going to save this page as well as About, save it, and now I want to make two more as well. So, I'm going to go to File > New and each time I do this, I can just double-check for instance the DocType, which is what it's adding, but for the most part, I don't want to really worry about any of this stuff.

I'm just creating new blank HTML pages. So, for this one, this is going to be the Portfolio of Jane Doe and this is the Portfolio page, so I'm slowly setting up my site. Save it on my Desktop. Portfolio and lastly, I'm going to go to File > New and make sure my layout is set to None. Click Create and make this my Contact Jane Doe.

This is my Contact page just like that, and again, I'll go ahead and save it out. Just on my Desktop is fine. Contact. Save that and there are my four pages. So, if I take a look, if I hide Dreamweaver, there are my four HTML pages and really at this point, the next step would be to start adding a content to these HTML pages.

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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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