Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a Cascading Style Sheet and applying it to multiple pages, part of Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4.
The power of CSS not only lies in the control it gives you over the design but…the fact that you have the style separate from the content, and this separation…really gives us flexibility to apply the style across multiple pages.…So currently as you can see, this index page has a style applied to it, and it's…looking pretty good, as opposed to some of these other pages, the about.html,…contact, even the portfolio pages.…These other pages if you look in the CSS Styles panel, I don't have any sort of…styles, any rules applied to them, and what I want to do is I want these other…pages to look more like the index page.…
So, if you will notice, for this index page, I have all of these various CSS…rules, and really I want to take these and I want to separate this into its own…file, all of these rules and I want to apply that file to the other pages.…So, all I need to do is select all of these rules.…So I've just Shift+Selected all of the rules and I'm going to do a right-click…or Control-click if you are on a Mac, and I want to move all of these rules.…
- 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.