View Full Version : Tables vs frames vs ??? layout options

02-23-2007, 12:16 AM
Let me start out by saying I am new at this and have a limited knowledge of web design and DW 8.

Not sure how best to set up these pages as I update my entire site. Templates, frames, library items, css (don't want to go there) or some other option.

I have two elements, the top part being a photo with a banner and photo information. That part will change depending on the thumbnail that a person selects from the "Gallery" page. Here is that view, which again will be on the top of the page. http://www.westlight.net/167_42_test.htm (http://www.westlight.net/167_42_test.htm)

Here is the bottom part, the "pricing and framing options" which will be the same on the bottom part of each "enlarged view", again the top part will change with the thumbnail selected.
http://www.westlight.net/frames_pricing.htm (http://www.westlight.net/frames_pricing.htm)

I want to be able to update the pricing an frame selections EASILY and thought by keeping the bottom section separate somehow (as a separate html page??) I thought I could just update the bottom.html portion. Here is what I would like the final page to look like. http://www.westlight.net/167_42_complete.htm (http://www.westlight.net/167_42_complete.htm)

Any simple suggestions (I don't ask for much) would be greatly appreciated. I have about 200 pages to update which contain the framing and pricing info while I update the entire site. www.westlight.net


02-23-2007, 04:19 AM
Hi Westlight,

Welcome to the forums!
In my humble opinion, if you are new to DW i would suggest using DW templates. Remember that you are not limited to onlyone either. You can have as many as you like.

Hit F1 and do a bit o' reading on how to create them...

If you are REALLY ambitious this should actually be a database driven site... DavidJ should be along soon to give you the heads up on this....

Hope this helps....

02-23-2007, 01:53 PM
Thanks for your opinion! Templates will be the way to go then, after I hit F1 and did a little more educating.

02-23-2007, 02:18 PM
I have about 200 pages to update

there is only one way to go and that is server side scripting

there is NO easy way to do this

you only have one option and thats a dynamicaly driven site

If you want to learn and you have some time try this...


its not that difficult

oh and welcome to the forum.. we are here to help if you get stuck plus you end up with a web site and a new skill

02-23-2007, 02:33 PM
If you have limited knowledge at web design, I would go with templates to start with. Once you're comfortable with HTML/CSS and DW Templates, take the next step and go into the world of programming.

Btw, those photographs are truly amazing.. hope everyone checks them out

02-23-2007, 02:34 PM
they are fantastic images