Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Reviewing the prebuilt layouts in Dreamweaver, part of Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4.
Dreamweaver also comes with some great pre-built layouts you can start using…right out of the box.…Now, they are not actually listed here under Create New.…You have to go to the File menu, down to New.…And when you do that what you will notice is if I have HTML selected, this…center column has all of the layouts I can choose from.…Some I'm just going to use my arrow keys and kind of arrow down, and I might get…somewhat of an idea of some of these layouts.…In fact, I might just pick one.…I'm going to pick this 2 column elastic, left sidebar, header and footer.…
I can click Create.…Sure enough, there it is, there is my layout.…I can start to manipulate this to my liking or I can try another one.…In fact let's see what else in here, again I went to File > New.…And I'm just using my arrow keys and I'll locate another one.…In fact let's go down here, there is quite a few in fact, there is a 3 column…absolutely positioned layout. So I click Create.…Maybe this is something I want to go with.…And again I can change this content.…
- 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.