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Chapter 8. Using Dreamweaver Templates > Creating New Pages from Dreamweaver Te...

Creating New Pages from Dreamweaver Templates

Two kinds of templates are available to Contribute. The first are templates made in and saved from Dreamweaver, and are called, not surprisingly, Dreamweaver templates. The second kind, called Starter Pages, are Web pages made in other programs and saved for use in Contribute. For more information about using Starter pages, see the “Building New Pages from Starter Pages” section in Chapter 3, “Building Web Pages,” or the section “Creating Starter Pages Templates” in Chapter 11, “Customizing Contribute.”

A Dreamweaver template, which the site administrator places on the Web site, provides a prebuilt page layout and includes a variety of page elements that appear on all pages made from that template. The template gives you a starting point for new pages. For example, a template may have a navigation bar and places for images and headings, plus places for body text. The page designer can designate these body text areas as editable regions, meaning that you can change them in Contribute. Other places on the page, locked regions, are not editable; the navigation bar is an example of an element typically in a locked region. Locked regions make it possible for designers to create templates that are ready for you to add content and yet protect you from accidentally messing up the page design. When you put the pointer over one of the locked regions, it changes to the international symbol for “no” (the circle with a diagonal slash through it), and you cannot place the insertion point in the locked region. When you work on a page in Contribute based on a Dreamweaver template, most of the page is already done for you; all you need to do is fill in the content in the page’s editable regions.


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