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Creating a site

  1. Linking to an existing site

  2. Starting a site from scratch

Creating a page using the Layout View

Importing images

Creating rollover buttons

Creating style sheets

Uploading to a server




Here are some short tutorials to help you create a simple web page in Dreamweaver. Hopefully they will answer some basic questions and refresh your memory from our Dreamweaver classes.

Creating a site

Before a web page is made, a site should be created. Creating a site will enable Dreamweaver to maintain links to all of your images and HTML files and update your pages if you decide to change a file name in the Site Window.

There are two ways to create a site. The first way is if you already have some content somewhere on your hard drive (you have a folder with images and copy). The other way is if you are starting totally from scratch and don't have any material on your hard drive.

Linking to an existing site

  1. Launch Dreamweaver.
  2. An Untitled Document will open.
  3. From the top menu select Site>New Site.
  4. After Site Name is a highlighted window. Type in a descriptive name. The site name for this site is Cognitive Horizons. No one but you sees the site name. It is only so you find the correct site if you have multiple sites.

local site window

  1. In the Local Root Folder click on the folder next to the window.
  2. Locate the folder you want to use. When you find the correct folder, select it (by clicking ONCE); then click on Select (Choose on the Mac).
  3. You will return to the Site Definitions window. Make sure the information is correct next to Local Root Folder.
  4. Leave all selected and unselected boxes in their default state.
  5. Select Okay. Dreamweaver might now warn you that it is creating the initial site cache. That is okay.
  6. The Site window will now open. On the right side should be your folder with all the images and existing files inside.
  7. Right click on the folder's name (in the right window) and select New File.
  8. A new file called untitled.htm is created. If this is the first page of your site (i.e your home page) name it index.htm. This will be the first page that people see when they come to your site. It must be called index.htm Sometimes ISPs support default.htm, welcome.htm, home.htm but if you DON'T name it correctly, your page will not show up on your site.
  9. Double-click on the new page and start creating your site!


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