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    dw templates vs building your own

    Is it better to start with one of the dw pages that's included with the app and modify the divs/css/html, or is it better to start from scratch and build a css page from the beginning with all the necessary divs? I'm starting my first css site (I'm an old psd/imageready/tables and flash site gal, so I'm excited to move into the present with css!)

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    i would say build it from scratch, as you will really learn the foundations of css due to spending more time on it, in my imho

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    that's what I'm thinking. Plus it might be easier to start with the correct divs and sizes rather than fix something already established. I'm a bit confused about elastic, fixed, liquid, etc as it applies to my specific designs... what are your thoughts?

    http://susan-unger.home.comcast.net/oxbow/home1.html

    http://susan-unger.home.comcast.net/oxbow/home2.html
    -- just a variation on imagery

    http://susan-unger.home.comcast.net/oxbow/about1.html
    -- shows an interior page with 2 columns

    http://susan-unger.home.comcast.net/oxbow/services.html
    -- shows an interior page with 2 columns and secondary buttons on the left column

    I want the main content area to extend down as needed, but I don't want it to resize horizontally... is that a good thing? I'd like to have some sort of control over the design. The content in the main content area will consist of text and images with some wraps.

    thanks!
    susan

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    Definately build your page from scratch, I wouldnt use any of Dreamweaver's pre built stuff

    With regards to whether to go fixed or elastic or not, ultimately it depends on your target audience and how complex the design is. You could easily make that layout fluid width and maintain proportions.
    Neron-Fx
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    The purpose of a templates is to remove repetitive work and provide a framework for consistency. Templates are used when writing letters, sending email ,and of course, making web pages.

    The very first web page you make is the template page then each page you create you create from the template. The web page template consists of the logo, and navigation structures.


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