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In this course, author James Fritz shows how to create HTML-based websites with Muse—a toolset familiar to anyone who has used Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator. The course covers the design process from start to finish, from setting up web pages and populating them with graphics and text, to creating dynamic menus and adding special features such as widgets, slideshows, animations, embedded video, social media integration, and more. James also explains how to create an alternate layout for display on mobile devices, publish and update your site, and view analytics on web traffic.
After you've created your site, you may find that you need to change properties for the entire site or maybe just a page or two. These changes can range from the number of columns on a page, to the dimensions of the page itself. Before we make changes to any of these properties, it's important to understand the relationship between Site Properties and Page Properties. Let's begin by talking about Site Properties. I'm going to go to File > Site Properties. The Site Properties dialog is similar to the New Site dialog.
In fact the changes that you can make here are pretty much the exact same changes you can make when you're first creating your document. The few changes that are different are the fact that we can add a Favicon icon, which we'll cover later on, as well as modify the various hyperlinks throughout the web site, which we'll also be talking about later on in this course. If I make any changes to the Site Properties it will affect every single page within the document. But what happens if I want to modify just an individual page? Well for that we need to use Page Properties. I'm going to the click OK to dismiss this dialog box and what we can do is go to any other page.
I'm just going to go to the Home page. On the Home page, I need to right- click and go to Page Properties. Inside the Page Properties I see similar information, but there's another option called Metadata. The Metadata lets me add additional information about this particular page, which we'll be covering in the next movie. At the bottom of this page we can include its navigation options, as well as if we want to have it included in Export. But in this case we can actually go in here and change the number of Columns. So let's make this be 1 Column.
Now that I have this 1 Column, if I go back and go to a different page, we can see this page still has 12 columns. So by using Page Properties, we can change unique properties about each page individually. For now, let's go back to Home and I'm going to right-click and go to Page Properties and reset this back to 12, so it's normal. Back in our Plan mode, I want to talk about the relationship between Master pages and Normal pages. What happens if we decide that we want to have some pages in our web site have 12 columns and other pages have only one column? Well right now I would have to manually go to each page's Page Properties and make that change, and for me that's just too much work.
So I'm going to come back down to A -Master and rename this 12 Columns. Now right now, everything is set to 12 columns so I don't have to make any changes. But what we're going to do is I'm going to right-click on this Master page and choose Duplicate. Now that it's duplicated, we'll call this one 1 Column. Now rather then double-clicking to go to this page and then right-clicking and going to Page Properties, you can get to the Page Properties faster while in the Plan view by right-clicking your mouse on any page regardless of a Master or Normal page, and choosing Page Properties.
Now that I have this set, I'll change this to 1 Column. Now that it's set to 1 Column, I'm going to change the children pages here to all 1 Column Masters, or selecting and right-clicking and changing the master. Now that I have this set, I can go to these pages and we can see that they're all 1 Column. Later on if I change my mind, all I have to do is go back to this Master page, I'll go to my Page Properties and let's say I want to have six columns and then I'll rename the Master page so it makes sense, and now all of these pages will have six columns.
If I went to one of these individual pages and made a change, let's say I went to Page Properties and made this have 10 Columns. Well if I want to go back to what it was before that and I don't remember, I can always go back to the Plan view, select that page, right-click and choose Reset Page Properties. That will reset it back to what was originally when I applied the Master. Another unique aspect of Page Properties is to choose its Export options. What we're going to do is we're going to add another top level page, and we're going to call this Clipboard.
Now for the Clipboard page, you might just use this as a placeholder if you're messing around with a widget or trying another composition or maybe you just want to make an alternate version of the page to see how it looks. But when you upload your site, you may not want this page to be included in both the navigation and as a file on your web site. So what we can do is if we select this page and right-click, we can turn off Export, so it doesn't export, as well as go to menu options and say Exclude Page From menus. That way it won't be included in any navigation systems that get created.
Now that we have a better understanding of the relationship between Page Properties and Site Properties, it will be easier for you to plan to make changes for your site without having to manually make a change on every single page.
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