May we please have a link to one of your sites to examine the code?
Be aware that DW is NOT a "Code-Free Creation" application (as Rapidweaver claims). You will be expected to bring some HTML and CSS familiarity to the DW desktop, or else your learning curve will tedious and frustrating.
www.lifeinbalancecenter.org is one of the sites
Wow! Over 26 stylesheets! So that's what makes Rapidweaver work...
Frankly, I'd take the site, consolidate all of the stylesheets into one just to start.
It didn't catch the fact that you have an ampersand in your title. That will fail W3C validation. You need to assemble that character by using the following: &
Rather than using styling, Rapidweaver chooses to insert styles inline. That is really bad practice.
I am confused by the following:
<span style="font:13px "Hiragino Kaku Gothic Pro","ヒラギノ角ゴ Pro W3","Osaka","ＭＳ Ｐゴシック","MS PGothic", sans-serif; color:#760101;"><br /></span>
Did you used to have Japanese characters on the page at one time? If so, when you took them out, it left a bunch of junk code.
I think you can salvage this, but it's really not compliant with W3C Standards.
Yeah. I have to agree with Mark. This would require some work to make it web standards compliant.
It might be simpler to start over in Dreamweaver with one of the pre-built CSS Layouts. Then simply copy & paste plain text content from old site to new site.
Not sure you should salvage anything beyond the graphics and the raw copy.
I'd recommend starting over with a two-column template, possibly an RWD layout, a horizontal and a vertical menus, two or three SSi for header/menus/footer
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Thanks everyone! I started building websites a zillion years ago, and then got busy running non-profits and didn't keep up with anything. I think I'm going to re-think the whole thing and start fresh! Thanks again!
Janet, here are a few consideraions:
- Every website needs a regular update or it becomes impossible to find in search (unless you are a current fan and know the exact name of the place).
- Every organization or business needs someone who will help market that organization or business so that it will grow and not just stay static. Fail in that regard and the end result is oblivion.
- Developing someone in your organization for marketing assures growth (or one less salary).
The site we looked at has a bookstore. Why wouldn't you want to monetize your site and have it sell books and other things that are in your bookstore? Having people who normally buy and stock shelves do fulfillment after an email comes in with a purchase does not add significantly to your costs and will add to your revenues. If an organization is making money, the organization can offer more to its members and to the public.
You may wish to hire a webmaster to do your sites. That would make them work and make them compliant. Or, you can learn Dreamweaver and do it yourself, but that takes a time committment that you decided to not make.
When you are doing your re-think, consider these things. You may come away with better solutions.
Wise advice for sure, and thanks for your input. I do appreciate it, however we are a very small (me) non-profit with enough left at the end of the month to pay the rent & keep the lights on in our very cool bookstore! I stock the shelves, man the desk, purchase the books, AND maintain the website! As we grow, I will certainly keep these points in mind! In gratitude... J