Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Making your site search engine-friendly, part of Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4.
So once your site is complete and you have it uploaded and it's looking great,…the next step is to make sure people who want to find you, can find you through…search engines and other media.…Let's take Google, for instance.…The idea is once your site is uploaded, which it is, we want to be able to go to…Google and search on that name.…But what you need to do before you can even consider it coming up in Google is submit it.…So you need to add a URL to Google.…
That's what I want to do.…I want to add my JaneDoePhotography.com to Google, so it comes up.…Add your URL to Google.…All I need to do is let them know of my site.…Tell them here it is, here's the URL, and here is comments about it.…Jane Doe is a travel writer and photographer, living in Denver, Colorado.…And you submit that information to Google.…Google will eventually recognize that information and index it.…
But while Google is doing that, Google also gives you some Webmaster…guidelines to keep in mind.…These are things we should be keeping in mind and some things we might…
- 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.