6 Replies Latest reply on Dec 2, 2008 11:37 AM by tuilorraine

    Tabbed pages question

    tuilorraine Level 1
      I'm trying to create a new site with some sort of navigation system that works. I purchased the popmenu system but it is not making me happy at all. It is so clunky and hard to use after you have used Menumachine. I wish I had not spent the money on it.
      I did once make a site using those DW tabbed pages and uploaded it in unfinished condition. It looks okay and works well while there is nothing there but fill-in text. My worry with that tabbed pages system is, it is all really one page isn't it? so when someone downloads that page they get the whole site coming in at once, so if you have a page with a gallery with a zillion thumbnails each attached to a magicthumb zoom-up facility (this causes all the big pics to download in the background with the thumbnails) then you would be downloading all that stuff when you open the first page of the site. Am I correct in thinking this?
        • 1. Re: Tabbed pages question
          Level 7

          "tuilorraine" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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          > I'm trying to create a new site with some sort of navigation system that
          > works.
          > I purchased the popmenu system but it is not making me happy at all. It is
          > so
          > clunky and hard to use after you have used Menumachine. I wish I had not
          > spent
          > the money on it.
          > I did once make a site using those DW tabbed pages and uploaded it in
          > unfinished condition. It looks okay and works well while there is nothing
          > there
          > but fill-in text. My worry with that tabbed pages system is, it is all
          > really
          > one page isn't it? so when someone downloads that page they get the whole
          > site
          > coming in at once, so if you have a page with a gallery with a zillion
          > thumbnails each attached to a magicthumb zoom-up facility (this causes all
          > the
          > big pics to download in the background with the thumbnails) then you would
          > be
          > downloading all that stuff when you open the first page of the site. Am I
          > correct in thinking this?


          Well, of course, we have no idea how YOU built your version. But tabs
          themselves are just graphical elements, and you can use them for regular
          links just as easily as you can use any other sort of graphical elements.

          --
          Tim G.
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          • 2. Re: Tabbed pages question
            tuilorraine Level 1
            Why is YOU upper case?
            Was I right in what I was thinking? About having to download everything?
            That is a good idea though, to use them as links to another page that just looks the same.
            • 3. Re: Tabbed pages question
              Level 7

              "tuilorraine" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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              > Why is YOU upper case?

              Just a form of emphasis. I could have done this: *you*. Or whatever.

              > Was I right in what I was thinking? About having to download everything?
              > That is a good idea though, to use them as links to another page that just
              > looks the same.

              Yes, you're right - if it's all one page, everything has to download - that
              is, unless you've got some serious dynamic scripting going on, but I
              couldn't help you with that.
              --
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              • 4. Re: Tabbed pages question
                Level 7
                tuilorraine wrote:
                > I'm trying to create a new site with some sort of navigation system that works.
                > I purchased the popmenu system but it is not making me happy at all. It is so
                > clunky and hard to use after you have used Menumachine. I wish I had not spent
                > the money on it.
                > I did once make a site using those DW tabbed pages and uploaded it in
                > unfinished condition. It looks okay and works well while there is nothing there
                > but fill-in text. My worry with that tabbed pages system is, it is all really
                > one page isn't it? so when someone downloads that page they get the whole site
                > coming in at once, so if you have a page with a gallery with a zillion
                > thumbnails each attached to a magicthumb zoom-up facility (this causes all the
                > big pics to download in the background with the thumbnails) then you would be
                > downloading all that stuff when you open the first page of the site. Am I
                > correct in thinking this?

                You are right, creating an entire site on one page is foolish, it will
                take forever to download.

                The ProjectSeven menu systems are brilliant, but if your having issues
                with them, maybe you should speak to Al on the ProjectSeven forum, he is
                very helpful and will get you on the right path.

                Dooza
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                • 5. Re: Tabbed pages question
                  tuilorraine Level 1
                  I am now feeling ashamned of making negative comments about popmenu. I asked for help from them and got instant help from them and am trying to persevere with it as I'm told that it is more up-to-date and certainly we know how great CSS is so we all know we should use it more which this is forcing me to do. I do used CSS on most of my sites but still not using it to its full capacity by a long way, so about time I did.
                  I'm fairly sure now that I will get there in the end and shouldn't have been such a cry-baby about having to leave my comfort zone.
                  • 6. Tabbed pages question
                    tuilorraine Level 1
                    Also, I'll keep in mind that about the tabbed pages - those tabs could still be very useful and nice to reveal small parts of a page with mainly text on them. But I see it would have been a mistake to use them as I was thinking of doing as a main site navigation method.
                    . . . . Sigh . . . . the learning curve ascends at an ever-steeper rate - but when has this web design world ever been any different - it all helps to keep my aged brain going I suppose.