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DreamWeaver: How to create a template

Discussion in 'Web Design Forum' started by Lafaso870, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Lafaso870

    Lafaso870 Banned

    Let's say that I want to create a very basic website that has five pages or so. All pages have the same header, footer and navigation. Obviously, it's very inefficient to create these in all pages page by page. Does DreamWeaver have a feature to create a ... template? What I want to do is to create common components like header, footer and navigation just once. Also if and when I modify them, I want all other pages to be updated automatically. Can this be done using DreamWeaver?
  2. AdamC

    AdamC New Member

    Dreamweaver is a WYSIWYG editor, so I'm sure it can create templates. You just have to check around for a tutorial.
  3. hubert

    hubert Banned

    dreamweaver template

    yes there is a way to create dreamweaver template. Its similar to creating templates in microsoft word, all the static web pages that you design will become part of the template and on each page the elements you want to appear will be created with help of this template. You can get more detailed info about this here
    Creating a Master Site Template in Dreamweaver
  4. kathygreen

    kathygreen New Member

    Yeah. Dreamweaver is pretty cool. It is definitely possible to create a template.
  5. Aayus

    Aayus New Member

    Yeah. Dreamweaver is good choice to create a template.
  6. johnmacd

    johnmacd New Member

    There are ready templates available in Dreamweaver,you can use that template or create your own template.It is very easy to desingn templates in Dreamweaver.
  7. elsalvador

    elsalvador New Member

    You can get templates directly from Dreamweaver, or even search the term "Dreamweaver Templates" on Google.

    PLENTY of resources! :glasses
  8. flowgiri

    flowgiri New Member

    Creating a website template involves designing a basic structure and layout that can be used as a starting point for building different web pages. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to create a web template:

    1. Define Your Goals:
    Determine the purpose of your template. Is it for a blog, an e-commerce site, a portfolio? Having a clear understanding of the website's purpose will guide your design choices.

    2. Gather Inspiration:
    Research other websites that are similar to what you want to create. Take note of design elements, color schemes, typography, and layouts that you find appealing. This will help you create a visually pleasing template.

    3. Choose a Design Tool:
    You can use various design tools such as Adobe XD, Figma, Sketch, or even a simple HTML/CSS editor to create your template.

    4. Wireframing:
    Start by creating a wireframe of your template. A wireframe is a basic visual representation of the layout without much detail. It helps you establish the structure of your template before diving into visual design.

    5. Layout and Structure:
    Create the basic layout structure using containers for header, navigation, content area, sidebar, and footer. Decide on how many columns you want and how they'll be arranged.

    6. Typography:
    Choose fonts for headings, subheadings, and body text. Ensure readability and consistency throughout the template. Stick to a limited number of fonts for a clean look.

    7. Color Scheme:
    Select a color palette that reflects the website's purpose and brand. Use colors consistently for various elements like buttons, links, backgrounds, and text.

    8. Visual Elements:
    Add images, icons, and other graphical elements that complement the design. Make sure these elements align with the overall style of the template.

    9. Navigation:
    Design a clear and user-friendly navigation system. Decide where the navigation menu will be placed and how it will function.

    10. Responsive Design:
    Ensure that your template is responsive, meaning it looks and functions well on different devices and screen sizes. Test it on various devices or use design tools with built-in responsiveness features.

    11. CSS Styling:
    If you're using HTML and CSS, apply styles to your template. Define the visual attributes like fonts, colors, spacing, and alignment. Use classes and IDs for easy customization.

    12. Testing:
    Test your template in various browsers to ensure cross-browser compatibility. Check for any layout issues, broken links, or other errors.

    13. Documentation:
    Create a readme file or documentation that explains how to use your template. Include instructions for customizing different sections, adding content, and making modifications.

    14. Version Control:
    If you're working on the template over time, consider using version control (e.g., Git) to keep track of changes and revert to previous versions if needed.

    15. Sharing and Distribution:
    Once your template is ready, you can share it on platforms like GitHub or design communities for feedback or for others to use and build upon.

    Remember that creating a well-designed and functional template requires both creativity and attention to detail. Regularly update and refine your template based on user feedback and evolving design trends.
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