If you want to view your templates, choose Window Files and then open the Templates folder in the File panel.4 SELECT AREA TO MAKE EDITABLE Before you can use a template, you need to designate editable regions—areas that you’ll change on individual pages created from the template.
To save an existing page in Dreamweaver as a template, choose File Save As Template.
We’ll show you how to design HTML templates, but you can also save other kinds of templates (including PHP, JSP, or ASP. Give each template a special name to identify it later and to help organize a site that uses many templates.
If you don’t see these features in the Dreamweaver workspace, choose View New.
Choose Page From Template in the New Document dialog, choose the name of the site you’re working on from the Site list, and select a template for your site.
So if you clicked Update in step 4, you create a process stream that updates those files. All format*templates were created from the template. If you clicked Update in step 4, a second process stream would be created when the template was updated with the change to the left_file in order to update all the file that use this template.
So then we have 2 process streams running at the same time.
For instance, if I added a new gallery link to the template, it automatically updates all of the pages with the new link.10 SAVE CHANGES TO ALL PAGES When you save a template with changes (File Save), Dreamweaver opens an Update Template Files dialog.
Dreamweaver gives you the option to update all of the pages created from the template, or not.
If you decide you want to change something that’s not in an editable region, you’ll need to open the DWT template file and make changes to locked areas in that file.
When you save a page that you’ve created from a template, give it a new name with an HTML (or other) extension, just as you’d save any other page you create in Dreamweaver.9 EDIT THE TEMPLATE The greatest advantage of templates is when you want to edit elements you use throughout your site (such as the navigation links at the top of these pages), you can go back and make that change once to the template and it’s automatically changed on every page created from the template.
I usually click Update, because it’s a big advantage and timesaver to be able to update all of those pages automatically.