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Dynamic Web Templates

The page templates found in previous versions of FrontPage are simply a starting point for the page layout; once a page is created, the layout can be easily changed to the point that the template is no longer recognizable. Dynamic Web templates, which are new to FrontPage 2003, are different in that they enable you to create editable regions on the page, thus blocking access to areas such as the navigational elements while still enabling you to add and modify the content of, say, your main content area and your sidebars. Dynamic Web templates can also apply graphics, themes, and style sheets that aren't included in standard page templates.

Dynamic Web templates can save you from being your own worst enemy in that if you protect consistent content such as navigation bars and page banners, you can't add menu items that don't appear elsewhere on your site or insert the wrong site logo. As your site grows, this is likely to become a bigger issue than when you're first starting out. You'll be adding pages that might branch into directions you didn't anticipate when you first designed your navigation menu, and it's easy to forget that these additions need to be made consistently to old pages as well as future ones.


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