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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

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Now it's time to dive into Dreamweaver by creating your very first web page and getting familiar with the workspace in Dreamweaver. So, obviously I have Dreamweaver open and what I'm going to do is I'm going to go to File, and I'm going to create a New file. Selecting that I'm going to create a new Blank Page, the Type is going to be HTML, and I'm just going to select nothing for the Layout, but know that there are some pre-built layouts in here that you're welcome to check out and even review some of the code behind it.

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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

Creating your first web page

Now it's time to dive into Dreamweaver by creating your very first web page and getting familiar with the workspace in Dreamweaver. So, obviously I have Dreamweaver open and what I'm going to do is I'm going to go to File, and I'm going to create a New file. Selecting that I'm going to create a new Blank Page, the Type is going to be HTML, and I'm just going to select nothing for the Layout, but know that there are some pre-built layouts in here that you're welcome to check out and even review some of the code behind it.

But in this case, I'm going to start from scratch if you will, selecting none, and I'm going to change the DocType, because I want this to be an HTML5 web page. So selecting HTML5, I can then click Create. All right, here I am in Dreamweaver. You can actually see my different panels, this happens to be my web page. But now I want to customize the workspace, which is actually set up for Designer, and it's pretty good.

But I want to simplify it even more, because really there are just three panels that I want over here, and so it's helpful to just remove as I am clicking and dragging off the various panels you don't need, so I'm removing the Adobe BrowserLab panel, even this AP Elements, if I select that and pull that off, I can isolate that and close it. Business Catalyst, well, I am not going to worry about using that now, so I can close that and the Insert CSS Styles and the Files panel are the three panels that I want.

But I want them all nested into one, so I'm just going to click and drag that panel into this one as it highlights, I can add that one, this Files panel, click and drag that up there, as it highlights I can release. And lastly, this Assets panel, I do not need, so I can pull that off and close it. And now I can go ahead and check out these different tabs. I'm just going to keep this on the Insert panel with having that selected, and if at any time you've closed something that you want reopen, you can always go to your Window menu and open it up.

But these are your three most important panels being able to Inserts items, being able to customize them with Styles, and knowing where those Files exist, as well as customizing the items that you have selected using your Properties panel down here. All right, with this set out, let's go ahead and take a look at our web page. It's called Untitled-1, you can see it right here, even for the Title of this document, it is called Untitled Document, I can change this to say Eva Jones Design.

This is the name that will appear in your browser window, okay, so I have changed that. Well, what just happened, what happened behind the scenes? I hear this talk of HTML, let's take a look at it. Because if I select the Code view, you can see my html right in here. In fact, you can see that I've changed the title right here. So this is great, from Code view, I can change things, even if I remove Design, and I go to say the Design view, you can see that it's changed it to Eva Jones, okay.

Going back to Code view, I can always add it back in, and again, going back to the Design view, so even right in here, for the content of this page, the body if you will, I can say Hello World! Just like that and selecting Code view, you can see it right in here. But the best way to learn how HTML works and just an effective way to work is using this Split view. So this allows me to view the Code view and the Design view at once, so in here I can type in even in the Code view, right in here, How are you? Selecting in here you can see that it updates right there.

All right, so everything looks good, I'm able to use this Split view to see the code that's being generated even as I start to work more in the Design view. Inserting items, customizing them, being aware of what I have selected down here, everything is set up just fine. Now all I need to do is just go ahead and save this page. I'm going to a File, and I'm going to Save it, and in this case, I am going to save it to the 01 Begin folder in the Chapter 2 folder. You can save it wherever you want just be mindful where you saved it to.

But in here I'm saving this as index.html, because the first web page for any website is going to be known as this index.html, that's what URL is going to look for is this specific page. So I'm going to click Save, and that's set up. So really my next step, obviously is going to be to add more content here and also customize that content.

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