Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating and using Library items, part of Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4.
CSS really allows you the ability to have your design exist in one place and…have it affect multiple pages, just like this Janedoe.css affects these…multiple pages and applies that style to it. But what if you want to do…something similar with content?…So if I have to say for instance, this navigation, what if I want this…navigation to appear across multiple pages and still have one reference of the navigation?…Well, I can easily do that, converting this into a library item.…
So I'm going to do that by going to Window, down to Assets, because in the…Assets panel, that's where Library items exist.…So that's going to be pressed and what I want to do is I want to just select…this navigation and I want to drag it to the Assets panel. I'll show you what…happens when I'm going to do that.…I drag it in there to turn it into an asset.…I get this dialog box from Dreamweaver that says, "Dreamweaver stores…library items in the root folder of a site, but there is no site associated…with this document.…
Please add a site, or save it into an existing site."…
- 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.