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Web Page Tips: Creating New Web Pages

It may seem conventional to open a page, change the content, and save it as a new name, however, this practice has led to many web page problems.

Creating web pages in Dreamweaver is easy.

  1. Go to the top left corner of the page in Dreamweaver to the Menu called File > New.
  2. You will see two tabs, General and Templates. Select Templates.
  3. In the Site window, you will see the name of your template(s), which is more than likely named secondary or main.
  4. Select the template and click the Create button located in the lower right corner of the window.
  5. You will then see a blank page that has all the navigation of your Web pages but no content in the title, body, or header.

Page Header
The first thing you will need to do is give the page an appropriate header. The header is the big red text at the top of the page.

It is best to use the same terminology that you would link to the page with. If the link to the page will be, “Graduate Admission Policies,” the header should also be “Graduate Admission Policies.”

Title
The title of the page should be the same as the header. At the top of the page in Dreamweaver you will see a box that says Title. The name of your department/school will already appear in the box followed by a colon or dash.

  • Copy the red header text and paste after the colon or dash in the title box. Example: Graduate School - Graduate Admission Policies.

The information in this field is what shows up at the top of your Web browser and is one of the first things search engines scan.

Saving the page and naming the file
Once you have the page created, be sure to save the page in an appropriate the appropriate folder within your site.

  • It is best to name the file something similar to the title of the page.
  • To avoid problems, use lower case when naming the file and do not use spaces.
  • If your file has multiple words, use a hyphen to separate the two, instead of an underscore.
  • It also is best to save as .html instead of .htm, i.e. grad-admin-policies.html. If you have files that are .htm, there is no need to convert or rename them, but going forward, always use .html.

If you have any questions or need assistance creating Web pages or managing files, email the Web Office.