Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a CSS-based layout, part of Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4.
The layout of a web page is really essential to the design and it's important…that we have exact control.…And with CSS luckily we have this control.…So for instance, what I want to do with this page is I don't really want to have…my copy and my content floating on the left side here.…I want to create a box in the center that has a dark background and I want to…put the content in that box, and I'm going to do this using CSS.…Again, the great thing is Dreamweaver makes this all really easy for me.…
So I'm going to go up and keep in mind I do have this set to Classic View and…you will notice in this Application bar I can go to Layout.…So I'm selecting the Layout tab and in there, there are different options for the Layout.…In fact, I can insert a div tag.…That's one option and I can also draw an AP div, which is what I want to do.…So I want to draw an absolute positioned division of content.…
This is what I'm doing.…I'm going to create an AP div.…I'm going to draw one.…When I have that selected, it's going to give me those crosshairs and I can…
- 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.