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Want to make edits to Multiple pages in Dreamweaver

Jan 8, 2013 4:02 PM

Tags: #changes #template #dreamweaver #pages #to #multiple

I have a site online ( and I want to add more links to the navigation bar at the top.  I don't want to have to open each page in dreamweaver and make the same edit over and over so is there a way I can make a change to one page apply it to all the other pages?  I've been reading about setting up a template page that I can edit and all edits to that will apply to pages that it's linked to but I'm not sure exactly how to accomplish this.  

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    Jan 8, 2013 4:14 PM   in reply to JoeBuehrer

    Templates are OK for smaller sites.


    However, once you exceed say 25 pages, IMO templates are much too clumsy to maintain a site with.  You must edit the template.dwt file & save it.  Populate changes to all your child pages and then upload each child page to server.   Even on small sites, this takes a good deal of time.


    I much prefer Server-side Includes (SSIs). This way, you only need to edit one file and upload it.  All the magic happens on the server.



    Nancy O.

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    Jan 8, 2013 5:04 PM   in reply to JoeBuehrer

    I second Nancy's suggestion(s) with a view to SSI being much easier to upkeep.


    To answer your initial question, if the navigation is consistent across all pages, you can use a sitewide find/replace. This would require the site to be correctly defined in Dreamweaver.



    <li><a href="">Nav 1</a></li>

    <li><a href="">Nav 2</a></li>

    <li><a href="">Nav 3</a></li>



    To add a fourth nav item,


    <li><a href="">Nav 3</a></li>


    Replace with:

    <li><a href="">Nav 3</a></li>

    <li><a href="">Nav 4</a></li>


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