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Using Dreamweaver Templates
How to use dreamweaver templates

 4:20 pm on Apr 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

This may be a stupid question, but...

I have a website that is currently on a template that I got from DW CS4. I'd like to use another dreamweaver template that I found online.

Am I doing this right?

I imported the template into DW. Do I replace the header graphic with one I build myself? That's what I've started doing but want to check to make sure.

Also, there are lots of areas in there that have sample text. Do I create my own sample text and then save as template? Or do I just create a page with my own content, save as template and then cut and paste all the rest of the pages one by one? Or do I use the "create page using this template" command?

It's kind of confusing. If anyone knows of a step by step tutorial I can use, I would appreciate it.

many thanks,




 5:38 pm on Apr 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

You may find that you are treading on dangerous ground with regard to copyright. You cannot just copy other peoples IP.


 7:08 pm on Apr 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

BDW - presumably if she found a dreamweaver template online, it's either freely given or for sale. In either case, the licensing should be clear.

I think this is an implementation question.


 8:33 pm on Apr 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

Yes, sorry for not clarifying, it's a free DW template that I got online.


 7:02 am on Apr 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

Sorry, I picked you up wrong, my fault.

1. Yes, you would replace the header graphic with your own if the one provided is not suitable.

2. You would not create or replace your own sample text. If you do this then you are restricted to the pages provided with the template. If I were you I would modify the template to suit your needs then create the new pages you require from this.

(Regarding copyright, be careful if you are using any of the images and graphics supplied with the template. Ensure that there is no copyright on the images or it may come back to bite you later. There are thousands of instances on the net where free template providers have supplied their wares with copyrighted images and users have been pursued for this when caught using them online.)


 12:56 pm on Apr 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

Thanks, just a couple more questions.

I should just delete the boxes or graphics that I don't want or need, and replace sample text with one page of my own text.

Then do I use the "apply template to this page" command for all my other pages? I have about 40 other pages so I want to do this in the quickest possible way.

I'm wondering how this works if it's coming from another template. Or maybe I should just accept it on faith and not worry about how it works! I just need to make sure I am doing it right. My site is online right now and I really don't want to mess anything up.


 1:27 pm on Apr 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

You really need to be careful if you are trying to do it yourself and you are not sure of what you are doing. Go to DW help and search for using templates. It's all there.

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