I am new using DW and ran into my first problem. After I created a page I than made a template to make multiple pages. I selected my sidebar and content as editable areas on the templates. I am in a template and want to change the background color in the sidevar and it will not let me do it. Now i can add content within the sidebar. Why will it not let me change the background color since the sidebar is an editable area? How can I change the color? The default is a tan color and I want to change it to white.
As Jim mentioned, what you are trying to edit is in the CSS for your page; it is not in the HTML that is contained within your editable region. You need to put the CSS code into an editable region in order to customize the background color for .sidebar1.
To do so, go into your template file, locate the part of the code that contains the CSS for .sidebar1 (probably in the <head> somewhere), and make that an editable region. Then, resave the template and update the page you are trying to edit.