Making a page from a Template
At this point, you can either create a new page from a Template
or you can apply a Template to an existing page. In other words,
you may already have your content in some basic HTML pages. All you
want to do is to apply the GUI. This is where applying a Template
to a page comes in.
One advantage to applying a Template to an existing page is that
any scripts or behaviors that are unique to the page will remain
in the HEAD section after applying. This is different than trying
to add a behavior to a page created from and attached to a Template.
In that case, new behaviors must be added to the Template.
| || Often, after
build out has been going along, we come to a page where a behavior
needs to be added. Take the content out and place it into a new
HTML page. Add your behavior and attach the Template.||
Making A New Page From A Template
Choose File > New from Template. In the dialog box that appears,
choose the template of choice.
If you don't want your new document to update when the template
changes, deselect Update Page When Template Changes. This is the
about the same as detaching it from the Template!
Applying A Template To An Existing HTML Document
- Open up your document, ( for the lab, open up template-applying-to-existing-page.htm
- Choose Modify > Templates > Apply Template to Page.
Choose a template from the list and click select.
You can also select a Template from the Assets window (F11)
or by dragging the Template to the document from the assets window.
- A Window may appear asking where to place orphaned content.
Since your page has no editable regions it needs to know in which
editable region of the Template you wish to place the new material.
In the lab example, choose content.
- Choosing none will discard the orphaned content.
- If you are applying a new Template to a page with an existing
Template, you will be asked again to place the Orphaned content.
There for your new Template should have the same editable regions
as the old Template. Otherwise, it will be discarded or placed
into the wrong area!
The last point is where Dreamweaver can be very powerful. A
Site can be redesigned with a new look and if things have been
done right, you could possibly change the entire Site, no matter
how many pages, in minutes! We will also look at Site change through
Template modifications next.
Remember the editable regions!