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MACROMEDIA DREAMWEAVER BASICS & TUTORIALS: Learn how to Design a Web Page or Website in Dreamweaver with these Beginning Introductions & Lessons for Dreamweaver (MX, 8, & Below).

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Creating the layout
Start out be creating the layout structure first, then set the width to be autostretch or fixed width. Last, add the content.

Setting width
There are two types of widths you can use in Layout view: Fixed width and Autostretch. The width appears in the column header area at the top of each column.

Starting with a structure
Not all browsers support CSS; in particular, Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 3.0 and earlier (which are still in use by some people) don't support CSS. So it's a good idea to start with a page structure that makes sense even wi

Creating the native style sheet
Start by creating the CSS style sheet for the platform on which you run Dreamweaver. That is, if you have a Macintosh version of Dreamweaver, start by creating the Macintosh style sheet.

Creating the foreign style sheet
When you're done creating the native style sheet, view the page on the other platform to see how the styles need to be adjusted …


Incorporate both style sheets into your documents
Now that you have a Macintosh style sheet and a Windows style sheet, you need to write some JavaScript to ensure that the correct style sheet is used for each platform.

Organizing the site structure
Organizing your site carefully from the start can save you frustration and time later on. If you begin creating documents without thinking about where in your folder hierarchy they should go, you may end up with a huge, unwieldy folder full of files, or w

Creating your design look
You can save a lot of time later if you plan your design and layout before you begin working in Dreamweaver. You can simply create a mock-up drawing on paper of how you want the site layout to look and then follow it as you build your site.

Planning and gathering your assets
you can create and gather the assets that you will need. Assets can be items such as images, text, or media (Flash, Shockwave, and so on).

Using margins in Dreamweaver 3 and 4
You may have noticed that in the browser window your Web page has some empty space around the outside of your design. The browser adds a margin, but you can set this margin yourself using the margin properties in your Web page …

Differences in appearance
Web pages that use frames and tables will display in slightly different ways in the Web browser. The differences are purely aesthetic and choosing one over the other based on appearance relies solely on your preference.

Drawbacks of using frames
A page that uses frames will most likely contain roughly three frames. In the above example, the rowing page consists of three frames…

Using tables to present content
If the value of converting between tables and layers still isn't evident to you, follow this example of a page redesign

Page layout with tables in Dreamweaver 3
Tables are widely used by Web designers to do page layout. Tables give a designer control over the positioning of images and text on the page

Background images and browser compatibility
A table with a background image is displayed differently by Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator because these browsers apply background images to tables in different manners …

Creating frames and framesets
The best way to understand how frames work—and specifically how to work with them in Dreamweaver—is to create some. You'll start by creating a frameset structure that's common on the Web: one that includes a navigation area on the left, a title or ad bann

Creating a nested frameset
You'll create a nested frameset—a frameset within the main frameset—that consists of two rows…

Setting frame sizes (relative and exact size
Before you begin filling your frames with content, it's a good idea to add some more details about the frames to your frameset file. The sizes of the frames aren't quite what you want yet; to resize them, you'll either need to drag the frame borders …

 

Setting frame properties
you will specify properties and a name for each frame in the frameset. Since each frame will play a different role in the frameset, each will have different properties.

Opening an existing document inside a frame
The easiest way to populate a frame is to open an existing document inside it. To do this with the Homebody Realty site, you'll save a copy of the document that goes in the hb_header frame.

Creating a document inside a frame
you will create the content for the other frames…

Targeting a frame
you'll want visitors to the Homebody Realty site to click the items in the hb_navigation frame to open documents in the hb_main frame. To make this happen, you must make these items links and assign them targets.

Changing two frames with one click
you'll learn an advanced technique: targeting two frames with one click. Once you start working with frames, it won't be long before you'll need to do this.

Using linked style sheets
Having separated style from substance by moving the style information out of the body and into the head of your document, you can now take this idea one step further and define a style sheet for your entire site instead of each document individually…

Creating a tag style
To make the demonstration a little simpler, open this basic HTML file in your browser …

Creating a selector style
You may have noticed that the items in the right column of the table were enclosed in CODE tags. Click in any of the cells in that column and look at the tag selector at the bottom of the Document window.


Creating a class style
Is there a specific tag or combination of tags that describes it? It contains a link, and the footer itself is a paragraph, but both the P tag and the A tag could be used elsewhere in the document…

Creating a linked style sheet
The footer style you created may be fun to apply to other tags in basic.html to see the effects, but it isn't really useful anywhere else in the document. It would be very useful, however, if it were available in all the documents on your site.

Dreamweaver 3: Jump Menu
Jump Menus are a navigational form object. When a destination is selected from the drop-down menu the page is advanced to that web address …

Dreamweaver 3: Meta tags and Search Engines
Will meta tags help gets my pages listed in search engines? Yes, but first.....

Dreamweaver 3: Workspace and Tools
Dreamweaver provides a graphical working environment for creating web pages. The document window looks similar to the way the completed web page would look.

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Dreamweaver 3: Formatting Tips
Click in the document window and type your text. Highlight text by dragging over it and use the Text menu or Properties Inspector to format text.

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Dreamweaver 3: Tables
Tables can be used to present data on a web page or to create elaborate layouts. Each cell of the table can be used to hold web page content in place. This technique is used to create white space and alignment options.

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Links Without Underline
In this article we teach you how simple it is to create links with no underline. This is done using CSS Styles.

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - CSS Styles Tutorial
CSS Styles are the easiest and best way of formatting text in a web site. Instead of using 'font' tags for each paragraph and cluttering your HTML code with endless font tags you can simply make a style with the a specified font type…

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - No Print Script
Sometimes you might want to protect your online documents from printing. So in that case this little simple script might help…

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Creating CSS in Dreamweaver MX 2004
In this tutorial I will discuss how to create CSS tags in Dreamweaver and apply them to texts…

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Changing table background on MouseOver
This tutorial will teach you how to make a menu like tables that will change background color when you mouseOver. If you have noticed I have used it on my index page.

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Cool Button
Here you can get all the information about buttons how to create the buttons and other related topics of fireworks…

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Creating a Class
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a class. Click This Document Only so that the class you create will be used in the current document only…

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Applying a Class
In this tutorial you will learn how to apply a class. Click window on the toolbar…

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Editing a Style Sheet Class
In this tutorial you will learn how to edit a class. Open the document that has the CSS style…

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Creating External Class Style Sheets
In this tutorial you will learn how to create external class style sheets. Click Text on the toolbar…

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Customizing html Tag
In this tutorial you will learn how to customize a html tag. You can choose any from the list.. this will change all table content to the format we are about to make…


Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Making a link open in a new Window
In this tutorial you will learn how to make a link open in a new Window…

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - How to check Browser and direct to a URL
In this tutorial you will learn how to check a browser and direct to a specific URL…

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Making Frames (a Frameset)
In this tutorial you will learn how to make frames or a frameset..

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Insert Another Frameset inside a Frame
In this tutorial you will learn how to insert another frameset…

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Edit the Frame Size
In this tutorial you will learn how to edit the frame size and how to delete a frame..

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Edit the Frameset
In this tutorial you will learn how to edit the framset. Open the document that has the frameset...

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Add a Hyperlink
In this tutorial you will learn how to add a hyperlink. You can select the frame by choosing that frame name -in this tutorial it's the…

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Divide a page into frames
Topics covered how to split a document window to create a frameset…

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Control scroll bars in frames
Topics covered how to set scroll bars in frames. Press and hold Alt (on the keyboard) and click inside the frame to select the right frame.

Macromedia Dreamweaver Tips - Resizing in frames
Topics covered how to set a frames width to be fixed. Preview the file in a web browser. The browser prevents you from resizing the frame.

Basics of Dreamweaver Tutorials - Change the dimensions of a frame
Topics covered how to resize frames by dragging the frame border…

Basics of Dreamweaver Tutorials - Change the dimensions of a frame
Topics covered how to resize frames in the Property inspector.Preview the page in a web browser and the frameset displays as it was defined.

Basics of Dreamweaver Tutorials - Delete a frame
In this tutorial you will learn how to delete a frame. You can do the same to a horizontal frame, just drag it down to the bottom of the window…

Basics of Dreamweaver Tutorials - Name a frame
Topics covered how to name a frame. Press Alt on the keyboard and then click the frame t to select the frame…

Basics of Dreamweaver Tutorials - Format the frame border
Topics covered how to set the frame border color. Click the border of the frame…

Basics of Dreamweaver Tutorials - Format the frame border
Topics covered how to turn off a frame border. Click the border of the frame…

Basics of Dreamweaver Tutorials - Add Content to a frame
Topics covered how to add content to a frame. This will show the frame properties, not just the page properties in the Properties Inspector box…

Basics of Dreamweaver Tutorials - Hyperlink to a frame
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a hyperlink that opens in a targeted frame…

Basics of Dreamweaver Tutorials - Add noframes content
In this tutorial you will learn how to add noframes content so that you can provide content when user does not have a browser that displays frames.

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Predefined framesets
In this tutorial you will learn how to create frames by using predefined frameset function and how to subdivide a frame…

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Save a framed site
Topics covered how to save framed pages. Each page can to be saved individually this way…

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Save the frameset
Topics covered how to save the frameset. Click anywhere on the frame border to select the frameset…

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Creating a Straight Line Animation
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a straight line animation…

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Creating an Animation by Recording a Path
In this tutorial you will learn how to create an animation by recording a path…

 

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Creating a Flashing Animation
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a flashing animation…

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Setting Animation Speed
In this tutorial you will learn how to set animation speed. If you want to slow down the animation, besides setting the Fps to a lower value, you can change the number of frames..

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Triggering an Animation with a Behavior
In this tutorial you will learn how to trigger an animation. Create two layers: one layer with the animation and the other for the button…

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Inserting Flash Movie
In this tutorial you will learn how to inert flash movie. Click the Flash Button in the common toolbar…

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Inserting Flash Button
In this tutorial you will learn how to inert flash button. Click the Media in the insert toolbar…

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Inserting Flash Text
In this tutorial you will learn how to insert flash text.

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Show Insert Panels as tabs
In this tutorial you will learn how to change Insert Panels to tabs and back into panels…

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Dynamic cross-browser validation
In this tutorial you will learn how to perform a dynamic cross-browser validation in Dreamweaver MX 2004…

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - New CSS-based page properties
In this tutorial you will learn how to use new CSS-based page properties in Dreamweaver MX 2004…

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Developing Your Slicing Strategy
Before I slice any website up, I look it over and work out a battle plan and figure out how I’m going to build this up.

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Introduction to the Slicing Guide
Before I get any further, let’s go over some ground rules or points of the tutorial guide so that way we avoid any future confusion…

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Main Tables and Images
Just a note before we go any further. Never slice the entire layout THEN try to code it. That’s a recipe for disaster. Think of this as trying to built a walkway with interlocking stones.

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Lesson Recap With Basic Diagrams
We've just completed a lot of steps in Dreamweaver to create our Primary Table, so let's recap what we've done in this lesson so far! We'll use a smaller version of the image we're slicing up with a green tone to show you what we're doing.

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Slicing and Coding the Header
We are now ready to slice up and add the header to our template. We're going to have two major parts to the main header - an area for the primary logo banner, and then the menu system that run on the right of the banner.

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Pop-up Windows
This behavior helps to create pop-up ads, small browser windows etc. If you don't have Dreamweaver we have provided the code that you can cut 'n' paste and use in your web page.

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Making a rollover in dreamweaver
I have got a lot of requests on how to make a rollover in dreamweaver, and it is really an easy task…

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - New CSS panel on Dreamweaver 8
Welcome to one off several Lessons in which i will be explaining one the new features in Dreamweaver 8. To start with i will be showing you how to use the CSS Panel (seen below).

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Creating CSS in Dreamweaver MX 2004
I hope you know the advantages of using CSS instead of tags for your texts and even for your overall website designs. I am not going to discuss that here, if you would like to tknow more on CSS advantages please visit CSS Zen Garden.

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Using Dreamweaver MX to "Cheat" while making a Cascading Style Sheet
In this tutorial you will learn using dreamweaver MX to "Cheat" while making a cascading style sheet…

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Dreamweaver MX demo
Here you will learn about cascading style sheet in dreamweaver…

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Setting up a local testing Server
When you start into the beautiful world of PHP, you might notice one thing in Dreamweaver: When you hit F12, like you used to with your HTML pages, the PHP seems to be non-existent. Now you can do three things…

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Dynamically Generate Paypal Buttons
In this tutorial you are going to learn how to use Dreamweaver to Dynamically Generate Paypal Buttons in ASP. This tutorial assumes you are familiar with Dreamweaver data sets and static Paypal Buttons.

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Dreamweaver Photo Album/ Picture Gallery
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a complete web photo album in Dreamweaver within minutes! The photo album will contain thumbnails that when clicked on will show the larger size of the pictures with navigation to go forward or backward …

Basics of Dreamweaver Lessons - Integeration MYSQL to build a login
In the previous tutorial, we learnt how to set up a local testing server using Dreamweaver. This tutorial extends on that topic by adding MySQL support.

 

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