3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 15, 2006 3:04 PM by Newsgroup_User

    Beginners Question

    Darkspark
      Forgive me, but Im new to creating websites.
      Im using the Dreamweaver 8 software to create a website from a template.
      I can create a website in its entirety, but get stuck when it comes to updating it.

      I have a site, with a column on the left that should appear on every page, with various headings. I design all the other pages according to this template, and therefore, since the pages are all linked within the template, they are also linked within the whole website.

      Ok. So thats one thing. However then I decide that I want to update the home page links on the left, called a navigation pane I think, and I add another heading on the index.html page. Now, this link I want to appear on all the other pages of the site, to ensure continuity. Yes, if I create this new heading on the template page, it updates on all NEW web pages created AFTER I decided I wanted a new link on the home page. But not on the old existing pages.

      With a previous small classroom website, I decided to just manually add this link by creating it on every page manually.
      But that takes much too long and I am wondering if there is a better way. And there must be, because websites such as ebuyer and dabs, cannot update a link on EVERY page manually, as I have done, not with the hundreds of pages they have.
        • 1. Re: Beginners Question
          Level 7
          > it updates on all NEW web pages created AFTER I
          > decided I wanted a new link on the home page. But not on the old existing
          > pages.

          This means that your menu is in an editable region of the template, which is
          usually the wrong place for your menus to be. They should be in the
          NON-EDITABLE part of the template, because it's changes to NON-EDITABLE
          parts of the template page that propagate to all child pages.

          Changes to editable regions do NOT propagate, nor would you want them to,
          since that would mean that you could never have unique content on a child
          page.

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          "Darkspark" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
          news:ebqrja$n46$1@forums.macromedia.com...
          > Forgive me, but Im new to creating websites.
          > Im using the Dreamweaver 8 software to create a website from a template.
          > I can create a website in its entirety, but get stuck when it comes to
          > updating it.
          >
          > I have a site, with a column on the left that should appear on every page,
          > with various headings. I design all the other pages according to this
          > template,
          > and therefore, since the pages are all linked within the template, they
          > are
          > also linked within the whole website.
          >
          > Ok. So thats one thing. However then I decide that I want to update the
          > home
          > page links on the left, called a navigation pane I think, and I add
          > another
          > heading on the index.html page. Now, this link I want to appear on all the
          > other pages of the site, to ensure continuity. Yes, if I create this new
          > heading on the template page, it updates on all NEW web pages created
          > AFTER I
          > decided I wanted a new link on the home page. But not on the old existing
          > pages.
          >
          > With a previous small classroom website, I decided to just manually add
          > this
          > link by creating it on every page manually.
          > But that takes much too long and I am wondering if there is a better way.
          > And
          > there must be, because websites such as ebuyer and dabs, cannot update a
          > link
          > on EVERY page manually, as I have done, not with the hundreds of pages
          > they
          > have.
          >


          • 2. Re: Beginners Question
            Darkspark Level 1
            That has done the trick. Makes life much easier now. I'll be sure to pm you should I have any more troubles.

            Thanks for the help.
            • 3. Re: Beginners Question
              Level 7
              Good luck!

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              "Darkspark" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
              news:ebtf56$qs6$1@forums.macromedia.com...
              > That has done the trick. Makes life much easier now. I'll be sure to pm
              > you should I have any more troubles.
              >
              > Thanks for the help.
              >