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Creating the Site Pages in Contribute

What does the client need to know about creating child pages from this template in Contribute? This section will discuss the steps for creating new pages using this template.

Should the client need to create a new page, the steps are:

1.
Select File > New Page, select the template from the appropriate connection (if more than one), provide a title value in the New Page dialog, and click OK to create the draft.

2.
Select Format > Template Properties to set the template parameter values. (See the previous section “Parameter Information.”)

3.
Add your submenu elements and main content, and publish the page.

Note

It’s best to create the submenu system in the very first page, save that page, and then build pages using that page as a template. Contribute and Dreamweaver make you add each repeating element for each unique page; there is no other way of adding multiple inserted repeating regions.


Possible Pitfalls

As with anything you learn, there are advantages and disadvantages. You’ve learned all the advantages throughout this project but haven’t heard many of the disadvantages.

  • If you delete a menu item from a sectional group, you have to update the entire group of pages, including the index page. This will also require you to open now redundant files and save them with the required filename.

  • If you add or delete a menu item from a sectional group, you have to update the entire group of pages, including the index page, as well as create the required document for the menu addition.

In my mind, the only true way to overcome these limitations is to use a server-side technology and employ an administration area that the client can use to update links and content.


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