Dreamweaver updating or changing content
Lesson overview In this lesson, you’ll learn how to work faster, make updating easier, and be more productive.You’ll learn how to do the following: • Create a Dreamweaver template • Insert editable regions • Produce child pages • Update templates and child pages This lesson will take about 1 hour to complete.With Dreamweaver CS4, the wall between web designers and live data has been opened at least halfway.In this article, I'll help you to push through the rest of the way.Although you can create a template from a blank page, converting an existing page into a template is far more practical and also far more common. Dreamweaver allows you to designate these areas of the page as .In this exercise, you’ll create a template from your existing layout. Inserting editable regions When you create a template, Dreamweaver treats all the existing content as part of the master design.In my opinion, working with live data has always been the single greatest problem in Dreamweaver.Yes, I've embedded live data from Microsoft Access databases into Dreamweaver pages, but only with a database manager having created my database, and only by having a server administrator on call (and, in my case, literally sitting next to me) to help me navigate through Dreamweaver's far-from-intuitive live data panels.
The name is used solely within Dreamweaver and has no other bearing on the HTML code. By adding a title placeholder with the company name in the template, you will save time typing it in each child page later. If you don’t supply one, the search engine will pick one of its own.
A template is different from your completed pages; it contains areas that are editable and other areas that are not. Most of the work creating a template must be completed in Design or Code view. A Dreamweaver template is , meaning that the program maintains a connection to all pages within the site that are derived from the template.
Templates enable a workgroup environment in which page content is created and edited by several team members while the web designer controls the page design and the specific elements that must remain unchanged. The template options will not be accessible within Live view. Whenever you add or change content within the dynamic regions of the template and save it, Dreamweaver passes those changes to all the child pages automatically, keeping them up-to-date. Some sections of the page should contain areas where you can insert unique content.
For example, a photographer might want to maintain an online portfolio that can be updated frequently without the need to touch actual page layouts.
Or a theater might want to maintain a site that includes updated event schedules—again, without having to revise the actual web pages.The basic concept behind live data is that the page design and the updatable data exist as distinct but integrated components of a web page.You design the page once, and that page updates as the content of an associated database changes.If you use Dreamweaver to build your websites, you could undoubtedly make a nice list of its very useful features.