Video: Following linksLive view is great for checking the page or working on it in Dreamweaver to make sure that your CSS and other aspects are just the way you want them. But wouldn't it would be great if you could verify that the links to other pages in your site, or away from your site even, work as well? Well, you actually can, by working with the Follow Links feature. Let me show you how it works. So here we are in Live view that will open up our blog page, and there's just a few links down below, if I scroll down that we can access.
- Working with web fonts
- Styling a header
- Adding header functions
- Setting up content columns
- Changing the main content
- Managing the content code
- Customizing the sidebar
- Styling search
- Working with search text
- Integrating the footer
- Next steps
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In this course, author Joseph Lowery shows how to combine the utility of WordPress and the power of Adobe Dreamweaver to transition existing websites to the WordPress platform. The course demonstrates how to create new blog posts and pages, customize WordPress themes, and extend WordPress editable pages from within Dreamweaver. It also covers how to add Spry elements, add and customize plugins, and enhance WordPress-stored content with Dreamweaver's dynamic pages. Plus, a chapter on responsive design shows how you can adapt your layouts for tablets and mobile devices.
- Using the Dynamically-Related Files feature in Dreamweaver to design WordPress pages
- Applying WordPress themes
- Customizing themes
- Adding Spry widgets
- Adding WordPress dynamic data
- Populating the WordPress database
- Publishing a WordPress site
Live view is great for checking the page or working on it in Dreamweaver to make sure that your CSS and other aspects are just the way you want them. But wouldn't it would be great if you could verify that the links to other pages in your site, or away from your site even, work as well? Well, you actually can, by working with the Follow Links feature. Let me show you how it works. So here we are in Live view that will open up our blog page, and there's just a few links down below, if I scroll down that we can access.
Now normally in Dreamweaver if I go up to a link, and I'm in Live view, you can see where I hover it, and you can see the underline up here as well as the pointer turn into a hand, indicating that it's a link. However, if I click on it nothing happens. Oh, well that's not quite true. Clicking on it does allow me to inspect the current styles over here in the CSS Styles panel. Now say I wanted to see how this linked page look in comparison to the Homepage.
Notice the Location field that you see up here in the Toolbar available to us now that we're in Live view. As you can see, it goes through the URL address that we set up earlier and pointing to our blog, starting with a localhost, our web server, the Roux Academy, the folder, and blog our WordPress folder. Now because we're looking at this blog page I can use this address bar to go to any other page within the site directly. So if I wanted to go to the homepage of the site I can get rid of the blog folder and type in index.htm, and hit Return or Enter, and there is the homepage for the site.
This is the site that we're going to be converting the blog to. Now if I want to go back to where I was to the initial page that open I can click on the homepage icon and the URL changes in the address field. In this situation, the Home icon will take you to the page that you originally opened in Dreamweaver. If you want to follow a link, you have two options, and those can be found here in the Live view options list. The first option Follow Link (Command-click Link) is the default.
On the PC you will see Ctrl-click Link, so let me demonstrate that by going down, and I'll hover over this Comment link, which says 1 Reply. This time, although you can't see it, trust me on this, I'm going to press the Command key and Click, and now it goes to another blog page that has the comment that you see here, and as you can see, up in the address field, especially when the tooltip opens up, there is a unique URL there.
It's not a specific page, but it is passing arguments to the PHP server. And, as you can see, scrolling up just a little bit, we have our Header area, is the same, but the content has changed. I'll return by clicking the Back button, and it works just like the browser. So now let's change that option under the Live view options so that we follow the links continuously. For this we won't have to hold down the Command or Ctrl key, so now I'll scroll down again to where the links are, and this is another trust me situation where I have my hands away from the keyboard, and I'm just going to click on the mouse on the comment one more time.
And again we go directly to that link. All right. Let's head back one last time, and I want to show you another feature. Here is a link to WordPress.org and even though this is not one of the local pages on your web server, I can click on it, and we'll go to the WordPress.org site, which you could if you wanted to explore at your leisure. Now let's go back to our original page by clicking on the Home icon. This ability to follow links within Dreamweaver not only ensures that your pages are connected properly but as you'll see it will also allow you to make changes to the linked pages as you grow your WordPress site.
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- Q: While trying to set up a Dreamweaver site, an error occurs that says Dreamweaver cannot resolve the dynamic files because the site definition is incorrect. What is causing this? This is using WAMP on a Windows 7 computer.
- A: When setting up the site in Dreamweaver and creating a local testing server, make sure to point it to the folder in c:/wamp/www/ that is being used for the site. If using the same naming convention as shown in the videos, the server folder should be pointing to C:\wamp\www\explore_ca\ and the Web URL field should read http://localhost/explore_ca/, like the picture here:
- Q: How do I set the password for WAMP Server 2?
- A: The WAMP server does not include a password for MySQL when first installed. You’ll need to add a password by modifying a configuration text file and set up a password in the MySQL server.
Setting a password on the MySQL server:
- From the Start menu, enter CMD to open the command line interface.
- Switch to the bin directory of your MySQL folder, installed by WAMP. For version 5.1.36 of MySQL, for example, enter cd c:\wamp\bin\mysql\mysql5.1.36\bin
Navigate within the WAMP folder installed on your system to find the proper path.
- Enter the following: mysql -u root
- The command line for MySQL will open with a mysql prompt like this: mysql>
- Enter the following:
SET PASSWORD for 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('yourPassword');
- replace 'yourPassword' with the password you want to use.
- Close the CMD window.
After you change the MySQL password you will have to edit the config.inc.php file. Here's how:
- In Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\wamp\apps\phpmyadmin22.214.171.124 (version number may vary).
- Open the file config.inc.php in Dreamweaver or another text editor.
- Locate the following line:
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] = '';
- Enter your password between the quotes; make sure the password is the same as the one you set in the MySQL server.
- Save the file.
- From the system tray icon for WAMP, choose Restart All Services.
- To test, choose phpMyAdmin from the WAMP system tray icon.
- Q: After creating a template following the instructions in the Chapter 5 video “Creating a page template in Dreamweaver,” I am unable to select the template. In the video, the instructor’s page shows a heading of Template, with a dropdown menu, but my version shows only a dropdown labeled “Attributes,” and the newly created template does not appear. What is causing this issue?
- A: This seems to be a bug in WordPress that occurs occasionally. Although a cause has yet to be determined, a possible workaround to get the Template option to appear is switch themes. Switching to the default theme and then back again to Explore_California should reveal the Template option.
- Q: While following along with the instructions in the "Setting up a MySQL password for Windows," I encountered this error: MySQL said: "#1045 – Access denied for user ‘root’@’localhost’ (using password: NO)" What is causing this error?
- A: This error occurs when trying to enter the MySQL monitor with a password for a user who has not set a password yet. In that case, removing the “-u root” part should resolve the problem.
- Q: While following along to the chapter 2 movie "Using dynamically related files," I get an error message that reads: "Dynamically-related files could not be resolved because the site definition is not correct for this server." What is causing this error?
- A: This is a known issue with Dreamweaver, and relates to the permalink settings in the WordPress installation. If the permalink setting is set to something other than the default, like “Month & Name,” for example, Dreamweaver is unable to resolve the dynamic files, and the described error will occur. Changing the permalink setting back to Default will clear the error.
- Q: I am bit confused as to my need to use MAMP with a WordPress site in Dreamweaver. If I am going to use a separate commercial hosting site as my server, do I still need to use MAMP in my WordPress site?
- A: MAMP is installed to provide an easy-to-use development server capable of handling MySQL and PHP on your local computer. It's also possible to set up MySQL and PHP servers separately, but it requires many more steps and is not as "user-friendly" as the described process. Your hosting server will have MySQL/PHP enabled on their servers for the remote live setup, but that doesn't have anything to do with developing and testing pages on your own computer.
- Q: I can't find the file named commevents.php in the exercise files. I need it to set up an online database in the last chapter.
- A: This is a file you create yourself when you first connect to a database. Refer to the "Adding WordPress dynamic data to pages" video in Chapter 7. commevents.php should appear in the Connections folder once you establish a connection.
- Q: In "Setting up a MySQL password for Windows", I'm getting the error "#1045 - Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost'" when testing the phpMyAdmin.
If I try and re-do the steps, I get the following error "ERROR 1044 (42000): Access denied for user ''@'localhost' to database mysql'" when I try to change the password.
- A: This seems to be happening because of the combination of Windows 7 and a
new version of WampServer 2.1. Here's another approach that should work
for the new combination.
Follow these steps instead of the ones using the CMD prompt. (As a bonus, they're much easier!)
- Left-click on the WampServer icon tray.
- Choose phpMyAdmin.
- When the phpMyAdmin page opens in your browser, click the Privileges tab found after the Engines tab.
- Locate the line in the User table with "root - localhost - No..." (probably the last one).
- Click the Edit icon (the final item in the row).
- Scroll down to the Change Password section.
- Select Password and enter your password twice. (If you're following the exercises, enter root).
- Click Go in the lower-right corner.
- Q: I want to setup the practice files and site on my localhost, as described; however, I already have my current WordPress site (under development) running on my localhost. How do I run two WordPress sites on my localhost?
- A: You can easily do it by setting up another site in Dreamweaver. Just copy the WordPress files to that folder as described and establish a new database via phpMyAdmin. You can set up as many WordPress sites as you need to. The author has upwards of 80 on his system, all for different clients.
- Q: This course was updated on 10/23/2012. What changed?
- A: The course was thoroughly revised and uses the most current versions of both programs. We added chapters on responsive design and creating a custom administration panel in WordPress, new movies about concepts and taxonomies, and extended the Spry chapter to include jQuery, among other changes. New movies are indicated by the NEW tag next to the movie name.
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