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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.
Before you begin to create a web site, it is a good idea to sketch out a plan that outlines the structure of the site. This outline is often called a sitemap. Once you have an idea for the structure of your site and the relationship between the pages, you can begin to create all of these pages in Muse. Now that we have the file open that we created in the previous movie, let's talk about the Plan mode and how we can add additional pages. The Plan mode is the first thing that you see when you open up a document. Think of this as a big page's panel for working inside your document.
At the top we have the regular pages and at the bottom we have our master pages. Master pages are commonly used for repeating content, like headers and footers, menus, or even background information. For a regular page, it begins as a home page. When I mouse over this page you can see a plus (+) shows up on the left and right and the bottom. This allows me to add additional pages. So I'm going to press the plus (+) on the right to add a new top level page. And right now I'm going to name this. We're going to call this one Collections. When I'm ready to make another page, I'll hit the plus (+) and I'll call this one About Us.
Another way to Add a Page is to go to the Page menu and choose Add New Top Level Page or Command+Shift+P or Ctrl+Shift+P on the PC, and we'll call this one Volunteer, and one more Contact Us. If I want to rearrange these pages, for example, maybe I want to have Contact Us next to the Home page, all I have to do is click and drag and I can put this over here. You notice the blue area that shows up between the pages? That's where I'm going to release. And now it's been reordered to have it as the second page.
I'm going to put it back to the right-hand side again. Now let's add a child page, a child page is a page that's underneath a top-level page. So we're going to come over to Collections and press the plus (+) button underneath. Now I have a child page that is underneath the top one. We're going to call this one Current Exhibits. We'll add another child page to the right and call this one Permanent Collection. And finally, Upcoming Exhibits.
If I move the top level page around the child pages will come along too. So for example, I'm going to drag Collections to the right of About Us and now they moved over. For now we'll put it back. As we add more pages to our web site, we might have to change the size of these pages, so we can view all of them at once. So at the top, we can drag the Size handle. So if we make them larger or smaller, we can change the amount of pages that we can see at once. If you'd like to speed up the performance of the Sitemap Plan View you can turn off the Thumbnail preview, but if you'd like to see the pages, you can leave it on, but when you first go to this page, it may take a few moments for all of the pages to render.
To the right of that is the Master page Badge. Right now all of these pages are connected to the A-Master; if I turn this off I won't be able to see that. Now that we have a good understanding of how to create a Sitemap in the Plan View, let's take a look at working with Master Pages in the next movie.
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