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    Freelance Web Designer KeithMcL's Avatar
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    Howdy all,

    Does anyone have any REALLY good ideas on how to speed up the process of changing the layout of each and every page that you have created on your site already?

    Nearly everyday when I look at my site I come up with some slight layout change and would love to find a way to update each page that this change would affect without having to open and manually change them.

    Does anyone have any specific habits that help do this?

    I know there are options like SSI, CSS and templates but i'm not sure which is the best option of them all?

    What are your thoughts?

    Looking forward to your replies.

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    I personally use Macromedia Dreamweaver and its template features. You can download a 30 day trial version for free. Give it a shot.

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    Yes dreamweaver is excellent, and I to use the templates. It is the only way to go, if you have a sizable site at least.

    Take a look at my site:
    http://www.were-here.com

    and imagine how long it would take to change one thing. I use a total of about 5 templates for my site.

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    Dreamweaver is the way to go!

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    I use 1stPage since I've read about it on WR. It has a *REALLY* powerful html compressor.

    If you have a nig page it can reduce its size to the 30/40% and you don't need to change your design and/or programming!

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    I have a small homepage [please supress the booing!]
    I change my colors atleast once a week. I have one stylesheet that controls the colors and alignment for everything on every page.

    Cascading Style Sheets control colors fonts faces, colors, sizes, spacing...)

    you can change infinite pages by modifiying 1 text file! It's the only way to go.

    For a simple example look at http://stop.at/troys

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    I personally use a combination of server-side includes, CSS, javascript and HTML to give my pages a consistant look and feel. Right now I have approximately 340 files on my page with all colors and fonts controlled by CSS. My menus are in simple text files that are included with SSI and use a combination of Javascript and HTML to be dynamically created depending on the user and whether they are in my frames or not.
    Of course my frames are also built dynamically if the user fits my criteria.

    To create a page initially I use custom templates that I have created. Of course this still becomes cumbersome at times.

    I am currently devising a system to make my content pages completely separate from the interface which will be encapsulated into several files and included at time of presentation. Some other pages (about 150) are being converted into a database format that gives me many more presentation options and allows the user to sort the data based on their needs. Hopefully when I get done I will have 400-500 pages of content along with 200-300 dynamically created data lists, all completely separated from the interface that surrounds them.

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    Freelance Web Designer KeithMcL's Avatar
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    Thanks to everyone that posted the way you design/update your sites.

    I have now downloaded the trial version of Dremweaver 3 and am going to check it out soon.

    I did think that the best way to update a site was using CSS and SSI and maybe some javascripting also.

    If anyone else has any other secrets they are definately welcome.



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    If you have any questions on how to use Dreamweaver, I'll be glad to help in any way I can. Just post in the forum, let me know via email that you have posted and I'll try to help you out.

    There's a book called "Dreamweaver: A Visual Guide" that would help you out a lot, and it's under twenty bucks, I think.

    Good luck!

    DynaMike

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    Why spend money?

    Use SSI or PHP to include any repeated tags, saving space and time.

    Or, download BKReplaceEm, a freeware replace tool that allows you to replace the same text over multiple files.

    The link is http://www.orbit.org/replace/

    There are many advanced options available also.

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