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Reviewing the prebuilt layouts in Dreamweaver


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Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4

with Paul Trani

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Dreamweaver also comes with some great pre-built layouts you can start using right out of the box. Now, they are not actually listed here under Create New. You have to go to the File menu, down to New. And when you do that what you will notice is if I have HTML selected, this center column has all of the layouts I can choose from. Some I'm just going to use my arrow keys and kind of arrow down, and I might get somewhat of an idea of some of these layouts. In fact, I might just pick one. I'm going to pick this 2 column elastic, left sidebar, header and footer.

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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

Reviewing the prebuilt layouts in Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver also comes with some great pre-built layouts you can start using right out of the box. Now, they are not actually listed here under Create New. You have to go to the File menu, down to New. And when you do that what you will notice is if I have HTML selected, this center column has all of the layouts I can choose from. Some I'm just going to use my arrow keys and kind of arrow down, and I might get somewhat of an idea of some of these layouts. In fact, I might just pick one. I'm going to pick this 2 column elastic, left sidebar, header and footer.

I can click Create. Sure enough, there it is, there is my layout. I can start to manipulate this to my liking or I can try another one. In fact let's see what else in here, again I went to File > New. And I'm just using my arrow keys and I'll locate another one. In fact let's go down here, there is quite a few in fact, there is a 3 column absolutely positioned layout. So I click Create. Maybe this is something I want to go with. And again I can change this content.

But really you can see there is quite a slew of designs to choose from. So really the idea is to pick one that's going to work for you and then edit the content, not only the content but you can also edit the Style. So in this case, I might potentially want to change the color of this font of that header there. So I can just go down to the Properties panel, and make sure CSS is selected, and I can change that color right in here.

In fact, I'll change it to sort of a medium blue. Sure enough it changes it. But if you want to see sort of the long bragging list of all of the CSS Styles associated with this page, I can go to my CSS Styles panel. So you can see everything, for the most part is a CSS Style, which really gives me all the flexibility I need. Again, from anything from the body copy, whether it's the copy or even say the Background color, I can change that right in here. So we'll just do this really fast, in fact I'll change this to blue as well.

Click Apply, and it change it across the board. This is just a really effective way to not only get a design up and running fast, but this design will also have the flexibility you need since it's built with CSS Styles.

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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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