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11-18-2006, 01:18 PM
Hi all. I suddenly decided to remake my website.

I started with some simple tables and a smallish efficient somewhat design.

But I just couldnt figure out how to change individual cell's background color. Twas freaking frustrating. Whenever I tried a setting the color, i seem to always change the page background color. Then when i think i've selected the right color selector, the WHOLE table gets the color applied. I cant seem to color individual cells!

So I tried layers. They worked to a certain extent.


As you can see if you have not already bled your eyes out, the layer backgrounds (under the texts like the news post) load like jpegs load, incrementally.

I think what i should be doing is draw a small pixel sized thing and repeat the image several times forming a pattern like the nav bar on the left of this site www.planetcnc.com . I have yet to experiment on this.

Another problem with layers I'm facing is trying to center it to the web page. Can't do it.

So I might be shifting back to tables when I figure out how to color individual cells.

So what does everyone think? Can someone give me suggestions? Where do i go from here? Design help someone? :smile:

11-18-2006, 10:20 PM
Hello Nightshadow and welcome to the forums.

Coloring TD's is simple, and shouldn't prevent you from making a website. Just make sure the table cell is highlighted and then insert color. Centering div's shouldn't be much of a problem either, check out our tutorials on how this is done: http://www.dreamweaverclub.com/css-center-content.php

I think you're biggest challenge is just to get some more experience under your belt. Get more familiar with HTML and CSS and read plenty of tutorials. We have many at this website, you can also Google for more and check out the development center at adobe.com. Also make sure you take a good look into the help files that comes shipped with DW. There's a lot of useful information right inside your software.

11-19-2006, 02:06 AM
thanks for the reply mr.admin sir. heh actually i was hoping to not mess with code at all. although Ive read articles which condemn this act, i still prefer WYSIWYG to anything. I dont know how a graphic artist can be a coder and an artist at the same time. You people are truly gods. But, your center code you showed me is still tolerable and understandable. *thumbs*

Anyway, quick question, on www.albinoblacksheep.com, you know those rounded rectangle things? How do you achieve that? Can i achieve that effect with mere tables? Or do i have to delve deeper into CSS and thus coding?

11-19-2006, 03:17 AM
The rounded tables are graphics (made in Photoshop or similar), which are then used as background images through CSS. Dreamweaver can help you write the CSS for those, but you should read a little about how Dreamweaver uses CSS first. Only using Dreamweaver without understanding the technologies used will get you part of the way, but to make websites like the ones you are referring to, you need to dive a little deeper :)

Here's two articles that gives you an introduction on how to use CSS with DW: