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In Creating an Online Resume: Hands-On Training, interactive design professor and enthusiastic educator Laurie Burruss teaches how to produce an online resume—and create a first web site in the process. Laurie suggests structure and information needed to create a winning resume, and shows how to design the pages with simple typographic principles and effective layouts. She explains how to use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and control the design and structure of HTML documents through hands-on development. Exercise files with additional supporting materials accompany the course.
So let's go ahead and open up Dreamweaver. On the computer that you are using, locate the Dreamweaver program. If you are working on a Macintosh, this would be inside the Applications folder, and if you are working on Windows, this would be on the C drive in Program Files. Then click on the Adobe icon. I recommend keeping an alias of Dreamweaver on your dock or on your desktop. I'm going to go ahead and double-click on the icon. As soon as you open up Dreamweaver, you are presented with the Welcome Screen.
The Welcome Screen automatically checks for resources out on the Internet. Keeping this window open can slow things down as it is always out there checking for new information on the Internet related to Dreamweaver and to the Adobe website. Beginners, I kind of recommend that you leave it open, but if you're an intermediate or advanced user, you can go ahead and click on Don't show again. This will bump up or speed up and optimize Dreamweaver's performance. If you need to open the Welcome Screen again, you can always go to your Preferences, to the General category, and turn it back on.
Now this is the most important thing you can do inside of Dreamweaver before you do anything else, which is go ahead and define the site. By defining your site you are giving Dreamweaver the power to control, manage, troubleshoot, and help you with doing everything that you're doing for your webpage. There are two places where you can define the site, here in the Welcome Screen, or you can go up to the menu, choose Site > New Site. The Site Definition dialog box opens by default with two choices, Basic and Advanced.
I know the typical beginner would think "Basic is the way I want to go." But in order to use Basic, you have to go through a series of slides, about five or six of them, and answer a lot of questions. If you're not sure what those answers are or you're not familiar with the vocabulary, this can be pretty daunting. It's actually much easier to select Advanced. We are going to be making, creating, and testing this site locally and not until the site is completely finished will we put it up on the web server. This is a typical and often-used practice by web designers.
In Advanced, there are only two things you really need to identify to work on a website locally. That is the site name and your root folder or what we've been calling the project folder. So let's go ahead and give it a meaningful name, online_resume, then move over here to the Folder icon and click on it. I know it's small, but this is where it's really important. Go ahead and click. Navigate out to your desktop. Find your root folder or your project folder. Go ahead and open it.
When that name appears at the top of your directory, that means that you've selected your project folder. Go ahead and click on Select. You'll be back into the Site Definition dialog box and click one more time OK. As you can see over in the right -bottom panel, the Files panel, your site has instantly been recreated for you. This is like a small portal to your desktop into your whole computer, everything that you have on your computer can be seen right here inside this Files panel, and your folder structure is right here where you can manage it and move things around.
This is by far the most important thing that you can do. Congratulations! You've defined your website and it's the important first step in Dreamweaver. It allows Dreamweaver to be the power behind you, checking, managing files, and prompting you as necessary throughout your site building. Never design a site without first defining the site.
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