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coco33
01-03-2011, 04:02 PM
I've been using GoLive and am now trying to learn Dreamweaver (have CS3), and I'm confused about how to best lay out a page. In GoLive, you could set up a grid and then drag & drop your images, type, etc. It was then easy to center the whole page. In Dreamweaver, there doesn't seem to be a simple way to do that. I've been reading forums, articles, etc. and each layout method seems to have issues: tables are clumsy and archaic, frames cause problems with browsers, and using AP elements means it's impossible to center the page.
So how do you guys actually create pages with this darn program??? I know some HTML, CSS & Flash, but I don't really write code - that's why I need Dreamweaver!!!!:confused:

Corrosive
01-03-2011, 04:11 PM
It's all about understanding relative/static positioning and page flow. Knowing how one element will affect the next and how to use floats to create columns etc. is at the core of modern HTML/CSS web design. Try Googling some of these terms (and you might find this useful; http://corrosiveonline.co.uk/tutorials_css_explained.php) and also look at how the CSS box model works; http://corrosiveonline.co.uk/tutorials_css_box_model.php

So the answer to your question is really none of the above.

johnMoss
01-03-2011, 11:10 PM
A little knowledge of HTML and CSS is totally necessary to get you started in Dreamweaver. I recommend this book to get you the basics down in less than a week: HeadFirst HTML

http://www.headfirstlabs.com/books/hfhtml/

This book can aptly be described HTML 101. Check it out...

Just so you'll know, Dreamweaver is absolutely not a plug & play device, ya gotta know what you're doing. But the flip-side is you can design elements that are otherwise all but impossible on simplified site design applications...
Good Luck!

Corrosive
01-04-2011, 06:09 AM
Just so you'll know, Dreamweaver is absolutely not a plug & play device, ya gotta know what you're doing. But the flip-side is you can design elements that are otherwise all but impossible on simplified site design applications...
Good Luck!

Absolutely. Couldn't have said it better myself. Powerful tool but it takes some learning and wider knowledge about pages and construction.