I am using Dreamweaver CS4. I am relatively new to web site design and I have been reading several DreamWeaver books trying to get up to speed.
I want to create a banner image with a navigation bar that I want to be displayed at the top every page in my site. I want to do this in the easiest / most currently accepted / recommended way. From what I have read so far, it seems that one way of doing this is to create a Dreamweaver template that includes the banner and navigation bar, and to base all of my pages on this template.
Before I give this a try, I was wondering if anyone could suggest a better way of doing this sort of thing.
Thanks in advance,
I think that using a Server Side Include is easier (SSI).
I do it with PHP.
You need to look into how to do it but it's not hard.
In fact, I love doing it. It sounds completely web-geeky and makes me feel like I know what I'm doing!
Depends what youre doing really. If its a small number of pages then a Dreamweaver template can be ok although I've found that for what ever reason some of the pages don't update from time to time. They are a bit of a pain.
If its a small site you can generally overcome this by changing the links that don't update by hand.
By far the best way is as Martcol has suggested using server side includes.
Hi MartCol and Osgood,
Thanks for the advice. Now that you mention SSI, it reminded me that at least five years ago I did this using FrontPage. I just looked at my html from back then and it looks like this:
<!--webbot bot="Include" U-Include="top.htm" TAG="BODY" startspan -->
Forgive my ignorance, but is this a server side include? I remember it being pretty easy to do - I just put my header info in a separate file and did *something* to include it. I can't remember exactly how I did it though, and I know longer have FrontPage on my PC. I am not sure if I used a FrontPage extension that may be outdated.
...I just put my header info in a separate file and did *something* to include it.
That sounds like more-or-less it.
I have never used FrontPage so don't have a clue on that one. I'm not sure whether that's an SSI or not.
Here are a couple of tutorial pages on using includes that explain how to do it with PHP but that's not the only way.
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