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Chapter 7. Exploring Templates > Templates, Re-architected

Templates, Re-architected

When templates were first introduced in Dreamweaver 4, designers found them to be an easy way to increase productivity. Instead of making a change to a page element and then applying that same change to every page on the site, they can change just the template. When the altered template is saved, Dreamweaver updates all the child pages in a single operation. All that's left for the designer is to upload the newly modified pages.

Templates originally were solely within the Dreamweaver domain and were treated as a tool for Web-savvy designers. The typical style of developing a template was to declare a single editable region for the page's content and to lock the core elements of the page—as in logo and navigation section locking. This practice gave the Dreamweaver designer the most freedom while handling key maintenance chores. There was little concern that inappropriately styled content would be added to the editable region; after all, it was the designer's job to make sure that the content was presented correctly. Moreover, an open content area gave the designer lots of room to be creative and to use any of the available Dreamweaver power tools as needed.


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