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Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby Dave Meyer » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:15 am

I'm new to all this :-[ , but am eager... I have used several templates in Joomla and wanted more. So I purchased Dreamweaver and need some direction... do I need to add any extensions to Joomla to interface with Dreamweaver or is this all develop in Dreamweaver and promote the code when done? I thought I had read that you needed an extension, but I could be crazy.

Also, is there a way to load an existing Joomla Template into Dreamweaver? Thanks!

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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby Steve » Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:04 am

Regards Steve, Developer of Export Content Component:
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http://www.bestdownloadsites.com/joomla/export-content
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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby Dave Meyer » Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:39 pm

I should only need one of these extensions not both correct? I have downloaded both but wanted to asked before I loaded them to Joomla.

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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby Steve » Thu Oct 23, 2008 8:40 pm

I should only need one of these extensions not both correct? I have downloaded both but wanted to asked before I loaded them to Joomla.



I'm not sure what you mean by both tools the first link is to a Dreamweaver extension tool.

The second link is to a few other similar tools.

The third is to tutorials on Joomla template design.

If you mean do you need more that one Dreamweaver extension tool the answer is no just make sure you install the one that allows you to design either Joomla 1.0+ series or Joomla 1.5+ series templates or if you mean installing to allow for designing both series I'm not sure.

Either way Once installed, which ever one you choose to use should add icons to Dreamweaver that allows you to insert snippets of code in where needed.
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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby Dave Meyer » Thu Oct 23, 2008 8:54 pm

First and foremost thanks for the help.

I figured out why I was confused... I have loaded the tool bar for Dreamweaver that will help insert the snippets of code. This looks like it will shorten the typing.

Next question... I have a Joomla template that I'd like to view in Dreamweaver, make changes and them upload back to the web. Are there any handy instructions that would help me do this? Why you may ask am I interested in doing this.. .well, I learn better by seeing something already created, make changes to it and seeing the result. I chose Dreamweaver as it was discussed as the best WYSIWYG editor in Beginning Joomla! From Novice to Professional.
Thanks.

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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby Steve » Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:30 pm

If you download this you will have a fully working 1.5+ version of Joomla that you can view and edit locally.
http://extensions.joomla.org/component/option,com_mtree/task,viewlink/link_id,4004/Itemid,35/

Basically unzip and click the "run joomla" icon.
Note: if you get any popups asking to unblock make sure to say yes or it won't work.


Then all you need to do is navagate to the /templates/template name/index.php or other files of any template and jump right in and start making changes to get a feel of how it all works.

When you get stuck refer to the tutorials or search the forums.
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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby Dave Meyer » Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:39 pm

Great I have downloaded. Thanks for the help.

I still would like to know.
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I have a Joomla template that I'd like to view in Dreamweaver, make changes and then upload back to the web. Are there any handy instructions that would help me do this?
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Help with this would be terrific.

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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby Steve » Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:34 am

An easy way to go about it would be to install the template locally and on the live site.
Then make whatever changes you like locally, once your happy with the result just FTP all the local template files over the live ones.

Is that the sort of thing you are after?
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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby Dave Meyer » Fri Oct 24, 2008 5:00 am

Sort of.. that is what i'm trying to do. I have not gotten it to work yet.. yes I can open the template file, the index file, ect, but the preview and design screens are not displaying, the only thing I can get to display is the code screen.. I must be doing something wrong. One would think that when a WYSIWYG is recommended in a book like Beginning Joomla that there would be some better explaination... Dan Rahmel shows an example in his book using Dreamweaver, but does not explain how he got it there.. just says I loaded it.

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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby Steve » Fri Oct 24, 2008 5:14 am

If you mean you won't to view the layout in either design,code or split (both) there should be a options on the top left of the editing area of dreamweaver.

Note: things like modules ect won't display in design view they will just be small php icons.
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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby jlabs » Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:37 pm

I know this is an old post but take a look at the Joomla Template kit.

http://www.m65.net/articles-products-th ... kit-1.html
Joomla Template Kit
http://dumbitdown.com

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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby Dave Meyer » Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:11 am

Does this work with Dream Weaver or does it replace Dream Weaver?

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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby jlabs » Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:48 am

it's a dreamweaver extension so it works with dreamweaver.
To make Joomla templates for both Joomla 1.5.X and Joomla 1.0.X
Joomla Template Kit
http://dumbitdown.com

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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby Dave Meyer » Wed Nov 19, 2008 1:24 pm

Is there a trail period with it or is it a purchase and use? Sorry for the questions I reviewed the site and did not see that.

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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby jlabs » Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:32 pm

Sorry we do not off a trial.
There is a Video demo of a template conversion on the product page.

If you have have any more questions please email us via our site form.
The Joomla forum rules about product posting etc.

http://www.m65.net/forums/sendmessage.php

Q & A
http://www.m65.net/article-chapter-prod ... 1.html#1_1
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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby Dave Meyer » Wed Nov 19, 2008 4:47 pm

Thanks for the pointer Brian. I was by no means trying to violate any rules.

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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby ttnae » Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:27 am

In appreciation for all of the wonderful help that I've receved here, I'll try to add. Hopefully this will be useful to some of you.

I've been able to edit j1.5 templates without any plugins or anything else. Maybe I've been lucky because I'm making VERY mild modifications but here's what I did:

Unzip your template locally.
Open the "index.php" file in DW.
In the css Styles panel (right side on my screen) right click and select "attach a style sheet.
Next, I browsed to the "template.css" sheet and attached.
Now I can see the full page in DW and edit everything as you wish.

Hope this helps. BTW, I'm usung CS3 on home machine and CS4 on office machine.

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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby gtenus » Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:51 pm

tried what you explained and did work but after editing it did you later split the template.css from the index.php.

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Re: Dreamweaver and Joomla

Postby ttnae » Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:15 pm

Depending on your site, I'd consider purchasing Artisteer. I bought it a year ago and havent used anyone's templates since. I now build all of my sites in Artisteer, html and joomla. for HTML sites, you must still add the metadata manually or in DW but the tools that you get to create the look that you want are unmatched.

You can download and playwith it but you can not save in the trial version.

These are just a few of the sites that I've built using Artisteer.

http://pcwrestlingclub.com
http://xandersballpark.com (HTML)
http://thatsmyarablife.com
http://venocure.com
http://michellemonaes.com
http://dearbornheightswrestling.com
http://excellentwalls.com (This one is for my dad and I'm arguing with my mom on how it should look.)
http://gstreesinc.com (HTML - under construction at the time of this post)
http://quincycomix.com (This one was for my 10 year old son)


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