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Understanding basic site structure


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From the time it was released one of the things that made Dreamweaver different from other HTML editors was its focus on managing sites, not just pages. While other editors were designed to create webpages, Dreamweaver was designed to create websites. This focus is one of the reasons that Dreamweaver's site management tools are so powerful. In this chapter we're going to discuss basic site management within Dreamweaver and some of the tools that you can use to take control of your site. No matter how powerful a program's tools are, unless you understand the concepts behind them, you won't be effective when using them.
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  1. 1m 4s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      1m 4s
  2. 5m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 17s
    3. Learning web design
      2m 23s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Looking at the Welcome screen
      5m 9s
    2. Exploring Windows and Mac interface differences
      5m 6s
    3. Arranging panels
      8m 44s
    4. Managing workspaces
      10m 14s
    5. Exploring the Application toolbar
      6m 21s
    6. Exploring the Document toolbar
      8m 47s
    7. Working with the Property inspector
      9m 30s
    8. Using the Insert panel
      6m 30s
  4. 53m 3s
    1. Understanding basic site structure
      3m 46s
    2. Exploring file naming conventions
      2m 10s
    3. Defining a new site
      5m 23s
    4. Managing files and folders
      7m 57s
    5. Adding remote servers
      7m 4s
    6. Uploading files
      12m 46s
    7. Previewing in browsers
      9m 11s
    8. Managing multiple sites
      4m 46s
  5. 36m 41s
    1. Creating new documents
      6m 49s
    2. Setting up new document preferences
      5m 30s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      6m 49s
    4. Working with starter pages
      4m 32s
    5. Managing starter pages
      13m 1s
  6. 37m 23s
    1. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      8m 43s
    2. Importing Word documents
      4m 6s
    3. Adding structure to text
      7m 35s
    4. Creating lists
      4m 35s
    5. Creating definition lists
      4m 0s
    6. Using the Quick Tag Editor
      8m 24s
  7. 44m 41s
    1. Exploring the Code toolbar
      5m 41s
    2. Setting code preferences
      7m 19s
    3. Using code hints
      8m 8s
    4. Wrapping tags
      5m 7s
    5. Adding comments
      6m 29s
    6. Using snippets
      7m 32s
    7. Formatting source code
      4m 25s
  8. 1h 19m
    1. Setting CSS preferences
      9m 32s
    2. An overview of the CSS Styles panel
      9m 23s
    3. Creating a new CSS rule
      6m 42s
    4. Using the CSS Rule Definition dialog
      7m 25s
    5. Organizing styles
      7m 22s
    6. Modifying style properties
      6m 17s
    7. Controlling CSS through the Property inspector
      6m 37s
    8. Attaching external style sheets
      5m 54s
    9. Using CSS visual aids
      7m 3s
    10. Using CSS Inspect
      6m 48s
    11. Using the Code Navigator
      6m 39s
  9. 1h 11m
    1. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      7m 30s
    2. Setting external image editing preferences
      4m 26s
    3. Placing images on the page
      10m 12s
    4. Exploring Photoshop integration
      7m 17s
    5. Modifying Smart Objects
      9m 42s
    6. Modifying image properties
      8m 4s
    7. Styling images with CSS
      6m 45s
    8. Using background graphics
      7m 28s
    9. Positioning background graphics
      10m 10s
  10. 36m 23s
    1. Link basics
      3m 17s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 19s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      9m 17s
    4. Using absolute links
      3m 43s
    5. Using named anchors
      6m 41s
    6. Creating an email link
      5m 25s
    7. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      5m 41s
  11. 44m 30s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      5m 20s
    2. Importing tabular data
      6m 46s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      6m 11s
    4. Exploring basic table styling
      9m 42s
    5. Styling alternate rows
      8m 57s
    6. Creating custom table borders
      7m 34s
  12. 59m 15s
    1. Understanding how forms work
      2m 45s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 44s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      5m 16s
    4. Setting form properties
      2m 39s
    5. Using the fieldset and legend tags
      2m 52s
    6. Inserting text fields
      6m 56s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      7m 54s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      4m 14s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      3m 52s
    10. Inserting submit buttons
      2m 25s
    11. Exploring basic form styling
      8m 2s
    12. Exploring form element styling
      8m 36s
  13. 33m 25s
    1. Adding CSS3 transitions
      8m 29s
    2. Spry overview
      2m 44s
    3. Using Spry widgets
      3m 57s
    4. Adding Spry effects
      8m 1s
    5. Using the Widget Browser
      7m 4s
    6. Extending Dreamweaver
      3m 10s
  14. 1m 2s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 2s

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Dreamweaver CS6 Essential Training
9h 24m Beginner May 07, 2012

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Discover how to build web sites, prototypes, and more in this course on Adobe Dreamweaver CS6. Author James Williamson shows designers how to take control of their site by properly naming and structuring files and folders; how to create new documents and web pages from scratch or with starter pages; and how to add content such as text, images, tables, and links. James also provides a background on the languages that power projects built in Dreamweaver—HTML and CSS—and introduces the programming features in the application, for developers who want to dig right into the code. The last chapter shows how to finesse your project with interactive content such as CSS3 transitions and Spry widgets.

Topics include:
  • Choosing and customizing a workspace
  • Defining a new site
  • Uploading files to your site
  • Creating new documents and web pages
  • Formatting source code
  • Working with CSS
  • Placing images and background graphics
  • Creating links
  • Styling a basic table
  • Creating a web form with buttons, check boxes, and list menus
  • Adding Spry effects
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
James Williamson

Understanding basic site structure

From the time it was released one of the things that made Dreamweaver different from other HTML editors was its focus on managing sites, not just pages. While other editors were designed to create webpages, Dreamweaver was designed to create websites. This focus is one of the reasons that Dreamweaver's site management tools are so powerful. In this chapter we're going to discuss basic site management within Dreamweaver and some of the tools that you can use to take control of your site. No matter how powerful a program's tools are, unless you understand the concepts behind them, you won't be effective when using them.

That's why the first concept I want to discuss here is basic site structure. To those new to Web design the task of creating an entire website can be a little intimidating at first. The truth of the matter is that most websites are actually quite simple. Websites at their core are simply a collection of files and folders just like any other project on your computer. Although every website is different, some standards have emerged when structuring your site that can help keep your site organized and running smoothly. To create your site you'll first need a folder on your hard drive to put it in.

This folder is referred to as your root folder, and later when you define your site, this is the folder that you'll point Dreamweaver to. Inside the root folder you'll structure your files and folders based on how they need to appear online. If you have a small site, for example, all your HTML files might go right into the root directory. As your sites get larger or more complex, it's not uncommon to create subdirectories to create more structure within your site. You can easily see this structure when browsing online.

For example, if we're on the Lynda.com site and we go to the page where we can sign up to join the mailing list and receive the Lynda.com newsletter. If you look at the URL, you can see that this page is titled newsletter.aspx, that's the name of the file that we're looking at. However, just to the left of that we can see forward slash (/) news. That's the name of the directory that this page is inside of. If you were to look at this structure from a folder directory view, you'd have the root folder, which the Lynda.com site was inside of, and then you'd have another folder called News, which this newsletter.aspx file would sit inside of as well.

In addition to structuring pages this way, most web designers will place site assets into their own folders as well, it's a good way to organize the site and make additional assets easy to find. Images, CSS, external scripts, videos, and other assets are routinely placed within their own folders. For the Roux Academy site, which we will be building throughout this course, all of our asset folders will have an underscore in front of their name, as you can see here; _css, _fonts, _images, and _scripts.

This helps move those asset folders to the top of any directory structure making them a little bit easier to find, and it makes it easier to identify those as assets rather than mistaking them for a subdirectory within the site. The homepage of the site will sit directly upon the root directory and is usually named index or default, depending upon your Web server's preferences. After that how you structure and organize your site is entirely up to you. It is however very important to structure your site logically and plan your site structure in detail before you begin creating the files for your site.

Understanding site structure is key to managing it properly. Most designers will map out or wireframe their site before creating even the first file. This will ensure that files are created in the right place, limit the amount of movement site files will undergo during the creation process, and ensure that the site is properly organized.

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