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18. Templates > 18.2. Create a Template

Create a Template

The first step in creating a template requires building a basic Web page and telling Dreamweaver you’d like to use it as a Template. You can go about this in two ways: build a Web page and turn it into a template, or create a blank empty Template file and add text, graphics, tables, and other content to it.

Turning a Web Page into a Template

The easiest way to create a template is simply to base it on a Web page in your current site folder. Although you can create templates based on Web pages that aren’t part of the current local site, you may run into problems with links and paths to images, as described in a moment.

Once you’ve opened the Web page, just choose FileSave As Template or, on the Common tab of the Insert bar (see Figure 18-2), click the Templates button and select Make Template from the menu. In the Save As Template window (Figure 18-3), the name of the current local site appears in the Site pop-up menu; meanwhile, all templates for that site show up in the Existing Templates field.


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