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Importing DW Template MyCity100 into Site Sculptor

Thread began 6/11/2010 10:39 pm by admin319652 | Last modified 6/17/2010 9:40 pm by Eric Mittman | 2431 views | 7 replies |

Jared Lui

Importing DW Template MyCity100 into Site Sculptor

Has anyone had success (or attempted) to use the DW template MyCity100 in Site Sculpter?

I have tried for 3 days to no avail although I am sure I am doing something wrong.

I've read the sparse documentation and u-tube tutorials on using DW templates in SS but they seem to be lacking details.

I know that I need to have create .dwt files and have them in a Templates directory (in fact they come like this in the ZIP file).

I know that I need to make at least the three editable regions (menu, content, footer) for each file. I've done this for the main.dwt file with no issues. However when I try to do this for the content.dwt file I cannot edit most of the code. The editable regions are already in place I assume from when I created them in the main.dwt file but are grayed out.

So thinking I should be able to work in the Preset Manager I begin to create a new site design. I give it a layout name of MyCity100 and choose Dreamweaver template and select the main file from the dropdown and click Next.

I choose a menu (this is another issue I have but will tackle later). In this case I use Media. I select the Menu region, the Content region and the Footer region from the dropdowns fine and click Next.

Step 3 is the Content Page. I choose content from the Dreamweaver template dropdown and click Next.

Again I choose Media from the Menu Writer preset dropdown.

Now when I get to Regions and try to select the Menu, Content, Footer regions, they are not showing up. They show up in the code, but the code is grayed out and will not allow me to edit. I've tried selecting the DIV tags and adding new editable regions (giving them new names) and they show up in the Regions dropdowns in Step 4 but when I try Finish I get all kinds of prompts and the extension crashes (freezes with blank values).

I'm giving up tonight. Perhaps I'll try with completely blank files tomorrow that contain only the three editable regions and see what happens. It would seem that templates created by Web Assist would work seemlessly in the products. Actually you should be able to just import them.

A side note, I spent 2 hours recreating the menu that MyCity100 has in Menu Writer only to have it lock up putting the finishing touches so decided to go with a pre-built menu.

If anyone has any insight in what I am doing wrong I'd appreciate it.

In case you need to know: I'm using CS4 on a WinXP SP3 machine. I'm a member of the extension library and have all the latest versions.

Thanks,
Jared

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Eric Mittman

You mention that your DW template is ok for the main, but you are having trouble with the content.dwt. You mentioned that you are not able to edit the template to addin the editable regions. I think that this is most likely why you are having problems creating a site based on these template files. If you are not able to edit the file to get your regions setup correctly the file might not be a properly crafted template file. You should always be able to edit the regions of a template file when working on it directly. The only time that I know when you are not able to edit the regions is when you are working on a page that is derived by the template.

If you have any further trouble with this please post back with your Templates directory so we can check on the templates that you are using to see if this is the problem.

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Jared Lui

These are actually the templates provided in the Extension Library and created by WebAssist. I have gone through the list below and some I am able to edit, others have most or all of the code grayed out in the .DWT files. An example of a website that I can edit is MidnightOasisSite101. The Template I am trying to use is MyCity100.

I am not only talking about editing the regions. I am talking about not being able to edit 90% of the code. I am sure that I am doing something boneheaded but I'd like to see if you too have issues being able to edit them.

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Eric Mittman

I have been looking into this and it seems that the content template page for the MyCity site is actually based on the main template. So even though it is a dwt template file is it also a template derived file. Site Sculptor is designed to work with templates directly so this might be the basis of the problem. As for the code that you are having trouble editing is this after you have created a new design from the template or when you are trying to work with the template directly?

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Jared Lui

Hmm, makes sense. How do you tell if a file is a derived file for future reference?

The answer to your last question: I cannot edit most of the content of the file(s) as they are regardless if they are in the Templates folder or not, as soon as I download from the site and unzip it.

Meaning, they come this way. Right? Have you tried downloading the files and editing them?

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Eric Mittman

You can tell if a file is template derived by examining the code in the file. In code view template derived files have areas of the page that are greyed out and not editable. When you open a template file all of the areas are editable.

I have downloaded the templates and edited them and did not have any trouble doing so. I was only able to edit the html that is in the editable regions though when editing the content file.

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Jared Lui

Okay, there must be something wrong with my winzip or something.

I just downloaded MyCity100 from my downloads area again.
Unzipped it using Winzip 14.0
I went into the MyCity100 directory and there are two folders (mycity_source and mycity_website).
Opened mycity_website and there are three more folders (css, images and Templates) Also four html files (index, activities, jobs, and normalfooter).
Opened Templates folder. There are two files (content.dwt and main.dwt)
I double clicked the content.dwt file and it opened Dreamweaver. There was a message that says that the file is read only and asks me if I want to make it writeable. I click Make Writable to make it writable and the page opens in DW.

When I look at it in code view, 95% of it is grayed out. About 50% of the code in main.dwt is grayed out.

I've done these steps on two other systems with other people present and starting from scratch each time. I actually don't even care about the template anymore. I am more concerned with why you seem to have no issues with these templates and extensions and I do.

Can you send me a zip of the template files that you are able to edit and I'll try those? Attached is a zip file of the last set I just downloaded. I can send screen prints as well.

Attached Files
Templates.zip
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Eric Mittman

Do you use a windows machine? If so then you should not need to use winzip for the zip files, this functionality should be build into the OS.

There does not seem to be any problem with the templates that you posted. I see in them the exact same thing that I see in mine. On the main template all of the code is editable, there is an area in the head section that appears greyed out because it is an IE conditional comment. In DW all html comments show up as grey. This code is editable withing the template though. As for the content page most of the code is not editable except for the code that is inside of the editable regions. This is because the content template is derived from the main template.

Is there any specific part of the main template or any of the editable regions in the content template that you cannot modify? If so please be specific so we can look into this with you. In my testing all portions of the main template are editable.

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