Adobe Dreamweaver is a web authoring application used by web developers to model, create and manage large, dynamic websites. Dreamweaver automates much of the tedious hand-coding involved in creating a website from scratch. By using a template in Dreamweaver, you can focus on the creative elements on the page, such as compelling text and interesting graphics, without worrying about coding the page layout. You can also edit the layout in your template and Dreamweaver will automatically update all pages with the new layout. If you've created a template file using another authoring tool, you can easily import your template into Dreamweaver.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Adobe Dreamweaver CS5
Open your template in your web authoring tool and export it to XML.
XML is a standard language for exchanging document data between computers. Most web applications, databases, word processing programs like Microsoft Word and spreadsheet programs like Microsoft Excel, will easily save a document in XML format.
Select "Import" from the File menu in Dreamweaver, then select "Import XML into Template."
Select the XML file from the Import dialogue box and click "Open." Dreamweaver will create a new template from the XML specifications of your original document.
If there is also data in your XML file, Dreamweaver will open a new document window and roll the data into the editable regions of your new template.
Verify that the template looks correct and select "Save as Template" from the "File" menu.
If the document auto-filed with text looks correct, save the document by selecting "Save" from the File menu.
Tips and warnings
- If your XML template will not import or does not import correctly, try working backward by mocking up and exporting a test template from Dreamweaver to XML. Copy the structure and data into your Dreamweaver file, then import this file back into Dreamweaver.
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