Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Applying style to content, part of Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4.
Once you've all the text content you want on the page, you can then start to…style it, including changing the font.…Maybe I want to change the background.…Maybe I want to put an image in the background.…Well, that's really the next step is applying a basic styling to this page.…And this index_html page I can apply all of those appearance styles to it using…the Page Properties button.…So in the Properties panel down at the bottom, if I just click Page Properties,…it will open up that Page Properties dialog box.…
And the first thing I'd like to do in the Appearance section is change the page font.…So I can change the page font to any sort of system font and again these are the…standard fonts that 90+% of the computers out there have and in this case I'm…going to change it to an Arial or Helvetica.…So I can change the page font, I can change the color of the text, I can even…change the Background color, and I'll change it to a medium blue and click Apply, …just to see how that's going to look.…
And that makes a world of difference in and of itself with just those three changes.…
- 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
Skill Level Beginner
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.