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Chapter 18. Templates > Template Basics

18.1. Template Basics

Templates let you build pages that share a similar structure and graphic identity, quickly and without having to worry about accidentally deleting or changing elements. They come in very handy when you're designing a site for which other, less Dreamweaver-savvy individuals are responsible for adding new pages. If you use a template, these underlings will be able to modify only the areas of a page that you, the godlike Dreamweaver guru, define.

A new page based on a template—also called a template instance—looks just like the template, except that you can only edit certain areas of the page, called, logically enough, editable regions. In the example shown in Figure 18-1, one editable region includes the question-and-answer text area; the rest of the page remains untouched and is, in fact, locked.


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