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Define Your Site

Go to Site > New Site from the top menu in Dreamweaver to define the site and work through the windows until complete. This is a crucial step so that the dwt file, used for global changes, can update all files which are attached to the template.

Template packages may include Dreamweaver templates (.dwt files, located in the Templates folder) and sample .htm pages created from the .dwt files, located at the top level of the package folder). The template packages also includes image files that appear on the sample .htm pages, (.gif or .jpg files, located in the Images folder) and blank source images (.gif and .jpg files) without the text for you to modify in the graphics program of your choice.

Use this template package to create a new site or add template files to an existing site. Create new pages from the Dreamweaver templates (the .dwt files), modify sample pages (.htm files) with your own content, or reformat existing HTML pages in a site by applying a template to them.

Modifying Images

You can edit the graphics in literally any graphics program. The image folder contains a blank state of the buttons and logo and page header files in either .gif or .jpg format. The name and navigation samples on the pages have been used for display purposes and you may change to any font or color of your choice and add any special effects you desire, such as drop shadow or beveling. Note: If the rollover images show only a text color change, only one blank image is included in the package. If the template includes editable png files, these will be located in the images/ extras folder.

You may want to read through our tutorial on Creating a Navigation Image in Photoshop. Although you may not use Photoshop, it contains information that applies to many other graphics programs, such as Paint Shop Pro.

Some images in the template package are basically placeholders - easily changed to an image of your choice. To maintain the integrity of the layout, you may want to use the same pixel dimensions.

Library Items

Several areas of the sample .htm pages may contain library items. These areas are usually the footer information, and the news box areas. You may continue to use these, altering them to reflect your information. Open the library items either by double clicking on the name of the library item in the site files list, or by using the assets panel. Make the text changes, save, and the changes now appear on all pages. Any library items in the site used for display text only, may be safely deleted from the site. These include such things as instructions and contact information. See our tutorials for more information on using libraries.

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