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Tutorial or information on how to use existing templates with Site Sculptor

Thread began 7/01/2010 6:59 am by kirk319254 | Last modified 8/11/2010 11:38 am by Jason Byrnes | 1274 views | 9 replies |

kirk319254

Tutorial or information on how to use existing templates with Site Sculptor

Are there any intstructions on house to use an existing DW template with site sculptor. It is mentioned in the video but no further information seems to be available.
Need to know:
How to set up DW template to use with SS.
Is it possible to just highlight various areas for updating a DW template by just making the area an editable region.
Also is it possible to use SS to create a site but use the original menu on the template.
I initially tried to set the menu up with menu writer but could not get the results I needed to, so did it by hand. (Menu is a standard css UL and Li)

It looks like an exciting product especially now you have incorporated the content management part.

I could probably use html editor or now universal email but the idea of quickly setting up pages of site really would be a time saver.

Hope this makes sense.

Thank you,

Kirk

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John LangerBeta Tester

On the site sculptor support page there is a link to a tutorial that explains this very thing (direct link to tutorial)

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this_is_me

Error in pdf link

Hi, if I click the print button, instead of a pdf, I get:
<Error>
<Code>NoSuchKey</Code>
<Message>The specified key does not exist.</Message>
<Key>how-tos/creating-custom-templates.php</Key>
<RequestId>AC2479C14CEF1378</RequestId>
&#8722;
<HostId>
xSWoYGe+b5AUgayWCrZFyxA8hvWgDnIwcWZjgCHM7w4KHH9aZJGC9f0IHvoCsBz3
</HostId>
</Error>

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Jimmy Wu

Thanks for pointing that out. I will notify the site administration team and this should be fixed up shortly.

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elevy388997Beta Tester

When creating a DWT how will it know to keep the same design if you add text past the setup region? If that doesn't make sense:

Let's say I make a DWT from a custom design and the content area is 20 lines long.
Now I upload everything live and go into the CMS to add content.
I find out I am adding 15 lines of text, a few pictures that take up 5 lines, and then 10 more lines of text.
Won't there be a big white block now? How does it know to continue the background design past the content area I already made?

I am assuming that this is a more than one color content area such as something with a background image going through the content area.

Hope this makes sense as I want to create a custom design but want everything to flow when I add lines in the cms that goes past the layout.

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Eric Mittman

The trick to accounting for different sized content is craft your template is such a way that it will just stretch to accomodate the additional content. Most of the Site Sculptor templates should be doing this for your already. Are you having any trouble with a particular preset?

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elevy388997Beta Tester

No, it is just with custom layouts.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

you would need to apply the "Faux Columns" technique to your page to simulate the column stretching.

The following tutorial has details:
03_fixed_faux_columns.swf

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this_is_me

Originally Said By: Jimmy Wu
  Thanks for pointing that out. I will notify the site administration team and this should be fixed up shortly.  


Still the same:
<Error>
<Code>NoSuchKey</Code>
<Message>The specified key does not exist.</Message>
<Key>how-tos/creating-custom-templates.php</Key>
<RequestId>D9831EE48DA60881</RequestId>
&#8722;
<HostId>
ISRtAeMafdvG1kHFRIip8nvPlSzvBlyOeV89G9uuPS4m+MN5Ah0u6xltf+omyhNA
</HostId>
</Error>

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

I have reiterated this to the documentation team and will make sure this addressed.

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