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Creating a 3 columns fixed CSS layout in Dreamweaver tutorial

In this tutorial we will use the Flexi CSS Layouts Dreamweaver extension to create a simple 3 columns CSS layout with a fixed width. The layout will have a header and footer and the content part will be split in 3 columns. Using the Flexi CSS Layouts extension, the layout will look the same in all major browsers.

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Flexi CSS Layouts is an easy to use Dreamweaver extension that helps you create table-less HTML layouts without coding, in less than 5 minutes. You can simply create the page structure directly from the interface and the extension will automatically create the divs and CSS for your layout. Or choose from a wide range of embedded templates for your layout, then customize the layout with your own CSS rules.

Read the tutorial here.

So, does it make sense to learn CSS if you only do small websites?

Is CSS a viable option for a web designer that only does small sites, or using tables just fits the bill? I remember back in circa 2003 I’ve did my first site using Dreamweaver. Being a marketing guy I was perfectly happy with learning how to do tables. Doing even a 3 columns CSS site looked gibberish to me. Sounds familiar?

But why it seems to be complicated to do table-less designs?

  • Tables always work. There is less code to learn, so chances you do it wrong are less.
  • Table code is easier to understand. Doing HTML tables is quite straightforward, you have the <Table>, <tr>, <td> tags that make things easier to follow. DIVs look the same!
  • Tables designs look the same in most browsers. Being a very basic code even IE6 does a decent job in displaying the content
  • Table designs make no difference for the customers. Most people don’t know how the code behind a site was made.

So, does it make sense to learn CSS if you only do small websites? There are several good reasons why you should switch from a table design to a CSS design, even for a ten pages site. And yes, if you use Dreamweaver there is a very easy way to build CSS sites, even if you don’t know how to code. (more…)

Creating a round corner css website layout

How to build a round corner CSS website with dynamic flash content with Dreamweaver CS5

We all want to build clean CSS web pages, right? But what we could do more than just that and make it have rounded corners, flashy unlimited levels menu and a flash dynamic news feed on the right panel? Something like this web 2.0 template with nice round CSS corners and a right panel with a flash dynamic news feed. Here is my layout:

In order to start building a round corner css site we need to have in mind some things. First of all is the layout of the website,  so let me explain all the elements from my layout. (more…)

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