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using existing DW templates into PowerCMS?

Thread began 12/09/2014 12:53 pm by Peterson Design Studio - jefferis | Last modified 12/12/2014 1:30 pm by Peterson Design Studio - jefferis | 1863 views | 16 replies

Peterson Design Studio - jefferis

okay, so say I am creating 3 new pages in DW using its Templates, I then create 3 templates in PCMS with the same "names"
then I open the 3 new pages in DW and paste the developer notes in each of the editable areas of the DW pages? I.e., for the database to keep the content separate, I need to create unique PCMS pages with unique content? ... Or does creating the PCMS pages from the template automatically set up unique content for each page, from which I paste the developer code into the new DW pages?

And is there an advantage/recommended to upgrade my PowerCMS 2 install to the Design Extender version? I did that this morning.

FYI: I just watched the Power Builder tutorial And there is a major confusion in the tutorial about using DW Templates. In her example, she is selecting editable areas of a template, but then a note comes on the screen that says DO NOT select editable areas in a template... in a child page it is okay....

SO, the whole workflow for installing CMS into an existing site is VERY VERY confusing. If you insert a Content area for PCMS in a template's editable area, I suspect that every page is going to have the same content when you update a pages based upon the template because that area will be governed by a single PCMS content area?? What it sounds like you should do is create a child page based upon the DW template, then go into that child page (either in a Web Browser in the PCMS admin or in DW, or only using a the pcms admin in browser?), and create content areas for it? Then you should never use a PCMS template in a DW page because you will have to create a content area for each child page as an individual item... So, am I correct in thinking that you cannot really (or should not) add PCMS content areas to a DW Template? It was also confusing as to how/why she created a template in PCMS for the Logo area. How does that change or get added to each page?

Secondly, how can you edit SEO content on pages that are created using DW Templates. I see that that feature is available if you create a site in PCMS from scratch, but not sure it exists for adding it to an already existing site like my client's. Should I then create a PCMS template for SEO areas in the header as well??? Will that work since the code area is not visible in a browser!

What I see happening is for every page I create in DW as a child of a template, I need a corresponding PCMS template or content areas and I'm going to have to have a parallel naming convention like: burmese_rubies.php (for DW) burmese_rubiesPCMS.php to keep straight what I'm doing...

Look, I have a post-Master Degree, have studied Hebrew and Greek, and been coding since 1994, and when I say these tutorials are inexplicably confusing, it isn't because I have no brain. I think very basic concepts are being taken for granted by the trainer, not realizing that she has skipped some very essential steps....

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