7 Replies Latest reply on May 10, 2006 4:12 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Template does not Update Pages

    wilddandylion99
      Help us! Our template that we created with many editable areas will not update the other pages when we make a change to the template. We have bought books, called Macromedia, called local experts and we are back to the drawing board. Why will our template not update? it has several tables in it, and we can apply our template to new pages as we create them, but if we make a change in an editable area on the template and update the pages, the pages never receive the changes. If you have any ideas, please let us know. We have over 100 pages to our intranet site and we cannot possibly begin to change each page individually. We have to make this work. Help please!!!!
        • 1. Re: Template does not Update Pages
          Level 7

          > but if we make a change in an
          > editable area on the template

          But this is always the case. Changes to editable regions in the template
          never propagate to child pages. If they did then you could never have
          unique content on any page.

          > We have bought books,
          > called Macromedia, called local experts and we are back to the drawing
          > board.

          Really? This one is how it's always been and always will be.

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          "wilddandylion99" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
          news:e3ib26$s3u$1@forums.macromedia.com...
          > Help us! Our template that we created with many editable areas will not
          > update
          > the other pages when we make a change to the template. We have bought
          > books,
          > called Macromedia, called local experts and we are back to the drawing
          > board.
          > Why will our template not update? it has several tables in it, and we can
          > apply
          > our template to new pages as we create them, but if we make a change in an
          > editable area on the template and update the pages, the pages never
          > receive the
          > changes. If you have any ideas, please let us know. We have over 100 pages
          > to
          > our intranet site and we cannot possibly begin to change each page
          > individually. We have to make this work. Help please!!!!
          >


          • 2. Re: Template does not Update Pages
            DianeV
            What Murray said. Editable Areas are meant to contain *unique* content; they are not the DW Template itself.

            If you have repeating elements on some but not all pages (i.e., stuff that is not part of the page layout), try using Library Items for those.
            • 3. Re: Template does not Update Pages
              Level 7
              Or server-side includes (works great for things like sectional navigation).

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              "DianeV" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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              > What Murray said. Editable Areas are meant to contain *unique* content;
              > they
              > are not the DW Template itself.
              >
              > If you have repeating elements on some but not all pages (i.e., stuff that
              > is
              > not part of the page layout), try using Library Items for those.
              >


              • 4. Re: Template does not Update Pages
                wilddandylion99 Level 1
                TextYou are so right. After reading your reply, it makes perfect sense. You saved me a lot of work. Thank you for taking the time to post a reply. Thank you very much!
                • 5. Re: Template does not Update Pages
                  wilddandylion99 Level 1
                  Could you supply any additional information on Library Items and how to go about using them? My main job function is assisting end users with hardware/software support, virus-related issues, etc. I assist the main web designer when I can. We were both drafted into building the intranet and this task falls under "other duties assigned". I know a little bit about web design but not enough about Dreamweaver to take advantage of all of its features. The book I have mentions library items briefly. Any information you can supply is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Kari
                  • 6. Re: Template does not Update Pages
                    DianeV Level 1
                    Kari, you might look in DW's Help section, as Library Items are not difficult to use; I believe they're covered there adequately.

                    The other place I send people to learn about applications is Lynda.com, which is inexpensive and has a long list of supported applications.
                    • 7. Re: Template does not Update Pages
                      Level 7
                      Library items are snippets of code. They are NOT stand-alone pages, and
                      therefore cannot have <html>, <head>, or <body> tags. In addition, they
                      must not contain embedded stylesheets, and should not have javascript
                      function definitions. A properly created Library items (check the DW F1
                      Help for details on how to do this) will meet these requirements.

                      DW maintains a record of every page containing a given Library item, so that
                      when the Library item is edited, those edits are propagated to all
                      containing pages. It is a 'run-time' include, if you will.

                      In my opinion, Library items have limited utility. The best application for
                      them, that I have found, would be to place section-specific navigation into
                      a template editable region.

                      The downside to Library items is that they only affect LOCAL files, which
                      all must then be uploaded to the server for the changes to take effect. In
                      my opinion, it is much more sensible to use Server-side includes for this
                      (and many other) function(s), since those DO express their changes on the
                      server.

                      There's not much more to know about Library items, really....

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                      "wilddandylion99" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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                      > Could you supply any additional information on Library Items and how to go
                      > about using them? My main job function is assisting end users with
                      > hardware/software support, virus-related issues, etc. I assist the main
                      > web
                      > designer when I can. We were both drafted into building the intranet and
                      > this
                      > task falls under "other duties assigned". I know a little bit about web
                      > design
                      > but not enough about Dreamweaver to take advantage of all of its features.
                      > The
                      > book I have mentions library items briefly. Any information you can supply
                      > is
                      > greatly appreciated. Thank you. Kari
                      >