Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding Dreamweaver and HTML, part of Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4.
Before you start out in Dreamweaver it's helpful to have a good understanding of…Dreamweaver as well as HTML, which is the backbone of Dreamweaver.…Well first off, what is Dreamweaver?…Well, it's a web development application that makes it really easy for anyone…regardless of your background to create robust web pages and sites quickly.…So, whether you are a programmer and like to sort of write code by hand you can…do that in Dreamweaver, or if you want to create everything visually, you can…also do that in Dreamweaver, but the end result is web pages and websites made…quickly all in Dreamweaver.…
And again Dreamweaver easily creates web content using HTML but you can also use…other leading web technologies if you want to.…Dreamweaver will give you the tools to write this code very easily regardless of…the technology you are using.…But most importantly, it really helps us to make HTML content.…First off, what is HTML content?…Well it's Hypertext Markup Language that really describes web pages.…
- 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.