17 Replies Latest reply on Aug 4, 2011 2:39 PM by writerpamela

    Must I have new domain operational to post initial pages?

    writerpamela Level 1

      Hello,

       

      I'm trying to determine why changes I've made to my Codify Design template #2 are not showing up in the new page I've posted in a folder at my website.  It's been a year since I've done my first DW website.  Since then, maintaining has been easy, but now that I'm starting another one, I seem to be back at square one as I've forgotten some essentials.

       

      I've followed instructions on the design Discussion page regarding making changes to the header -- changing "our new Company" to our own organization's name. I've saved that file and uploaded everything so far to the server, but those changes do not show up on the new index page.

       

      Do I remember that I actually have to have a domain name operational before this will work?  Shouldn't I be able to do a "live view" of these pages locally and see the change I've made?

       

      I also seem to remember that not everything from the template file needs to be uploaded (but I have uploaded everything).  I wanted to watch the video tutorial about doing this, but it has been stalling after 5-10 seconds.  Any other recommendations for tutorials or step by step instructions would be appreciated.

       

      Thanks!

       

      Pamela

        • 1. Re: Must I have new domain operational to post initial pages?
          hans-g. Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Hi Pamela,

           

          this thread we recently had, will surely clear some of your questions: http://forums.adobe.com/message/3811962#3811962.

           

          Good luck!

          Hans-Günter

          • 2. Re: Must I have new domain operational to post initial pages?
            writerpamela Level 1

            Hi Hans,

             

            Thanks, that was a good review, but it doesn't quite answer my question.  (To be clear, I don't have any problem with one website overwriting another, and I do have the new website in its own folder).  Maybe I am trying too hard to answer my own question, or maybe I overlooked the part of the discussion that would explain the solution to my problem.

             

            So ignore my question about having the new domain operational (trying to find my own answer). 

             

            Here is the problem.  From the Codify Design template #2, I've opened the template_02.psd file in order to change the "our new company" text in the banner to my own text.  This goes fine, I save the file (using same file name).  I open template, but do not see the changes.  Create index file with tweaks to content, these are all fine, but still do not see the changes in banner. Upload all to server, see my changes to content on index page, do not see changes to text on banner.

             

            How do I get my new template_02.psd file to replace the one which came with the template?

             

            Thanks for any helop,

             

            Pamela

            • 3. Re: Must I have new domain operational to post initial pages?
              MurraySummers Level 8

              Well, I'm confused.

               

              A PSD file is not a template file in DW-speak.  It's a Photoshop layout.  Now tell me again what it is you are trying to do?  Is this a correct summary?

               

              1.  You open the layout file in Photoshop

              2.  You change some words in the banner

              3.  You export the banner slice into the site, so that it overwrites the original gif/png/jpg file

              4.  You open the local DW template file and confirm that the new banner image has replaced the old one

              5.  When you look online you do not see this new banner image

               

              Is that correct?

               

              Did you upload the new image?  What happens if you browse directly to the new image - do you see the old text or the new text?

              • 4. Re: Must I have new domain operational to post initial pages?
                writerpamela Level 1

                Murray, not quite correct.  I also don't see the changes in the local file either.  You say above "export", but I'm

                not actually "exporting.'  I'm just saving the same file with the same name, but with the changes.  I

                have uploaded the updated files:  http://www.campusequity.info/ASPT/index.html

                 

                When I browse to it, I still get the old text.

                 

                What must I do to get the changes to appear?  (This is a link to the .psd file:  http://www.campusequity.info/ASPT/design/template_02.psd)

                 

                (and, as is typical with something that is taking way longer than it should, I'm donating most of my services to this organization!)

                 

                Thank you everyone!

                 

                Pamela

                • 5. Re: Must I have new domain operational to post initial pages?
                  MurraySummers Level 8

                  I have uploaded the updated files:  http://www.campusequity.info/ASPT/index.html

                   

                  When I browse to it, I still get the old text.

                   

                  If you still get the old text, then either a) you haven't uploaded the image file, or b) you haven't uploaded it to the correct location, or c) you are looking at a cached copy of the image, not the one that's actually on the web.  I don't think there are any other possibilities.  Now all you need to do is to eliminate two of those three....

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                  • 6. Re: Must I have new domain operational to post initial pages?
                    writerpamela Level 1

                    Hi Murray

                     

                    I'd say you all are going above and beyond already. Thanks so much for helping!

                     

                    You wrote:

                     

                    "If you still get the old text, then either

                     

                    a) you haven't uploaded the  image file, or

                     

                    b) you haven't uploaded it to the correct location, or

                     

                    c)  you are looking at a cached copy of the image, not the one that's  actually on the web.  I don't think there are any other possibilities"

                     

                    Of these three, I think only b) is a possibility.  I have uploaded it to the web folder correctly, but I'm concerned that the file structure I've created is not quite what it should be.  So, to that end, I've gone back to the one I set up a year ago (with help), which works well, and have tried to re-create that structure.

                     

                    i.e., For everything that was in the main directory on the year- old site, I put (corresponding files) into a main directory in the new site.  Everything that was not in the main directory I moved into a separate folder and out of the way.

                     

                    I do remember than when working on this with Elizabeth Marshall last year, she had me save one of my files with a new name.  I THINK it was this one:  "... theme.dwt,"  which was placed in the template file folder.  This is something I haven't done . . . I don't remember how I created this file to begin with!  Somehow I managed to get my own banner design into this template, but only aftersome trial and error.

                     

                    I think if I can get some answers about 1. in what format to save the .psd file with text changes (and where to put it), 2. how changes to the .dwt file occur, I'd be somewhat on the right track?

                     

                     

                    Pamela

                    • 7. Re: Must I have new domain operational to post initial pages?
                      MurraySummers Level 8

                      Of these three, I think only b) is a possibility.  I have uploaded it to the web folder correctly, but I'm concerned that the file structure I've created is not quite what it should be.  So, to that end, I've gone back to the one I set up a year ago (with help), which works well, and have tried to re-create that structure.

                       

                      There is clearly an error here.  You are uploading to one location, and the web page is looking for the image in another location.

                       

                      On examination, the CSS for this page has -

                       

                      .bannerArea {

                          width: 980px;height: 145px;

                          background-color: #4971a2;

                          background-image: url(images/banner_bkgd.jpg);

                          background-repeat: no-repeat;

                      }

                       

                      And the code for the page has other images being pulled here -

                       

                      <img class="imageright" src="Publish/images/content_photo_1.jpg" border="0">

                       

                      Now, I find your old banner image in these two locations:

                       

                      http://www.campusequity.info/ASPT/images/banner_bkgd.jpg

                       

                      http://www.campusequity.info/ASPT/Publish/images/banner_bkgd.jpg

                       

                      I cannot find any new banner image on the site.

                       

                      The code on the page, and the location of the old banner image suggests that the REMOTE site's root folder should be set to include the Publish directory.  Look at your site definition and tell us how yours is specified please.

                      • 8. Re: Must I have new domain operational to post initial pages?
                        writerpamela Level 1

                        Murray, I changed the remote site directory to include the Publish  file.  Actually, after that things got worse.

                         

                        I started  over.  Downloaded new template to new folder.  Made the same changes in  the .psd file, saved them to the same place.  Still same problem.

                         

                        You mention not finding a background .jpg file.  I think this is where I'm falling short.  There must be a step (somewhere) between altering the layer in the .psd file and arriving at a .jpg containing the new info . . . and knowing where to put it.  What do you think?

                         

                        Still desperate!

                         

                        Pamela

                        • 9. Re: Must I have new domain operational to post initial pages?
                          polar_bare Level 4

                          When you change the psd file, you need to save for web & devices and give it the proper image type (jpg, gif, png) that is going to be used in your template file. Your template file will not use a psd (photoshop document) in it. The psd file is provided by the person who created the template to allow  you to change it with photoshop and save it as a web graphic. In you DW template file, it should reference the extension file type in the code, etc.

                           

                          That is what I think is happening here.

                           

                          Jim

                          • 10. Re: Must I have new domain operational to post initial pages?
                            writerpamela Level 1

                            Sorry, actually you mention not finding a NEW background.jpg file.


                            • 11. Re: Must I have new domain operational to post initial pages?
                              writerpamela Level 1

                              Jim, I agree. DW won't open a .psd file, so there must be a step in between.  Photoshop won't save as a .dwt file.  I can try saving as a .jpg file (which of course it will do), but when I open the images folder to save it there, what I see are each of the photoshop layers saved as individual .jpg files  AND the little area which contains the wording which I wanted changed ("what you see as "our new company" here:

                              http://www.adobe.com/devnet-archive/dreamweaver/articles/dreamweaver_custom_templates/temp late2/Publish/theme_02_design_from_template.html)

                               

                              is a .jpg file without layers for changing the words.  There must be some sort of interim step, or something else I'm not doing properly!

                               

                              I'm sure this is simple . . . I tore my hair out with another template this time last year, but since getting it finally up and going have enjoyed the website and making updates has been a breeze.  It's . . . just . . . that initial . . . starting stage that is killing me!

                               

                              Thanks everyone

                               

                              (still stumped)

                              Pamela

                              • 13. How to get template changes made in PS into proper format and folder?
                                writerpamela Level 1

                                I think I needed to update the subject on this . . . the original question has changed quite a bit.

                                Thanks for any help here!

                                • 14. Re: Must I have new domain operational to post initial pages?
                                  mytaxsite.co.uk Level 6

                                  writerpamela wrote:

                                   

                                  bump bump

                                  help help!

                                   

                                   

                                  The words are just an image.  See this link:

                                   

                                  <http://www.adobe.com/devnet-archive/dreamweaver/articles/dreamweaver_custom_templates/temp late2/Publish/images/banner_bkgd.jpg>

                                   

                                  Or this image:

                                   

                                  banner_bkgd.jpg

                                   

                                  The image can be changed in Photoshop.

                                   

                                  Is this the question you are asking now?  The thread heading is misleading!

                                  • 15. Re: How to get template changes made in PS into proper format and folder?
                                    mytaxsite.co.uk Level 6

                                    writerpamela wrote:

                                     

                                    I think I needed to update the subject on this . . . the original question has changed quite a bit.

                                    Thanks for any help here!

                                     

                                    You could start a new thread perhaps to get a response.

                                    • 16. Re: How to get template changes made in PS into proper format and folder?
                                      mytaxsite.co.uk Level 6

                                      writerpamela wrote:

                                       

                                      I think I needed to update the subject on this . . . the original question has changed quite a bit.

                                      Thanks for any help here!

                                       

                                      Don't know what exactly do you mean by template changes in PS but if you meant that you have changed the images in PS and now wants to upload them to your site then the format of pictures can be almost anything:  The most popular ones these days are gif, jpg, jpeg, and png.  I would save the images as .png files.

                                       

                                      The folder to upload to is normally /images and you need to make sure that the chnages are reflected on your page.

                                       

                                      Hope this solves your query for now.

                                      • 17. Re: How to get template changes made in PS into proper format and folder?
                                        writerpamela Level 1

                                        Since I finally got this question answered, I thought I would post it here for others who may have the same problem.  A friend at Graven Images Studio helped.  I had already made the needed changes in Photoshop, but couldn't figure out how to export them to DW.  Someone else mentioned "Save for Web and Devices" here also.  The PS files were in the "design" folder which came with the template, and I saved TO the images folder in the "publish" folder.  The changes then immediately showed up in Dreamweaver, thank goodness.

                                         

                                        Remember that you will only be able to use fonts that you have on your own computer when you change wording in the Photoshop file.

                                        If you do "View > Show > Slices" (View menu...), you can turn on the slices and see that the top slice (number 2) is the one you want.

                                        THen do "File > Save for Web and Devices" where you then click on the '2' in the corner of the slice you want to export.

                                        Click the "save" button on the optimization dialog box and navigate to the site images file (open the images folder). Then click the banner_bkgd.jpg filename (so you don't have to type it in), make sure it says "images only" "background image" and "selected slices". Then click "save" on this dialog box. PS will ask if you want to write over the old file; yes, you do.

                                        If you want to maintain your change in the Photoshop file, be sure to save that, too.

                                        Going into your defined site, the new image will already be there (you just saved it into the site's "images" folder, remember), and you're good to go.

                                        The step you missed was in exporting the new artwork...Photoshop is not always linked directly to Dreamweaver, and you were effectively (or ineffectively) asking Photoshop to read your mind.

                                         

                                        Thanks everyone for helping!

                                         

                                        Pamela