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Dreamweaver CS5 : Using Dreamweaver Templates - Updating Templates & Removing Template Markup

1/27/2012 3:37:53 PM
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1. Updating Templates

Anytime you save a change to an existing template — whether or not any documents have been created from it — Dreamweaver asks if you'd like to update all the documents in the local site attached to the template. You can also update the current page or the entire site at any time, just as you can update Library elements. Updating documents based on a template can save you an enormous amount of time — especially when numerous changes are involved.

To update a single page, open the page and choose Modify => Templates => Update Current Page or select the same command from the context menu of the Assets panel. Either way, the update is instantly applied.

To update a series of pages or an entire site, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Modify => Templates => Update Pages. The Update Pages dialog box, shown in Figure 1, appears.

    Figure 1. Any changes made to a template can be applied automatically to the template's associated files by using the Update Pages command.
  2. To update all the documents using all the templates for an entire site, choose Entire Site from the Look In option; then select the name of the site from the accompanying drop-down list.

  3. To update pages using a particular template, choose Files That Use from the Look In option and then select the name of the template.

  4. To view a report of the progress of the update, make sure that the Show Log option is enabled.

  5. Click Start to begin the update process.

The log window displays a list of the files examined and updated, the total number of files that could not be updated, and the elapsed time.

2. Removing Template Markup

Mistakes are made, clients change their minds, bosses change directions — for whatever reason, you'll find that you need to remove template markup from time to time. Luckily, Dreamweaver has made it as easy to delete the template indicators as it is to insert them. With a little know-how, you can remove template markup from an editable attribute for an entire site.

2.1. Deleting template markup individually

Quite often I find I need to convert an editable region to a locked area. You can accomplish this change in one of two ways — you can delete the surrounding template tags in the code or you can use a Dreamweaver command, Remove Template Markup. Personally, I find the command approach to be much faster and more efficient. Individual template markup can only be removed from the template itself.

To remove any surrounding template code via the command, place your cursor within the template region and choose Modify => Templates => Remove Template Markup. Alternatively, right-click (Control+click) and choose Templates => Remove Template Markup.

The Remove Template Markup command works only on the template markup immediately enclosing the cursor position. If, for example, you need to remove an editable optional region and convert the content to being locked, you issue the Remove Template Markup command twice: once to remove the editable region and again to remove the optional region.

Using the Remove Template Markup command to remove an optional region does not delete the corresponding TemplateParam statement in the <head> tag. If no other optional region uses the same TemplateParam statement, you must remove the code manually.

2.2. Removing template markup from an entire page

Template-derived documents don't need to stay template-derived documents forever. All you need do is to detach the document from its template, and all template markup in the page is removed. To detach a document from the template choose Modify => Templates => Detach from Template.


If, for any reason, you need to remove all of the markup from a template itself, the fastest way is to create a document from that template and then issue the Detach from Template command.

2.3. Exporting a site without template markup

Not all sites are template-based. Dreamweaver gives you the power to strip all the template markup from template-based documents in an entire site. This command is particularly useful when migrating previously template-based documents to a site that does not use templates. Just to hedge your bets, Dreamweaver optionally exports the data from your template-based documents into XML files so that, if necessary, the data can be applied to a new template.

The Export without Markup command handles more than just the templates, however. An entire copy of your site is copied to a new folder, sans template markup. Even the Template folder itself, with all the site's templates intact, is copied. Best of all, this is not necessarily a one-time feature. If repeated, you have the option to extract only the modified files.

To export a site without template markup, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Modify => Templates => Export without Markup. The Export Site Without Template Markup dialog box, shown in Figure 3, appears.

    Figure 3. The Export without Markup command duplicates your entire site in another folder while simultaneously removing all markup from template-derived files.
  2. Enter the path to the folder to hold the exported site or click the Browse button to locate the folder. Because the entire site is exported, the folder you choose may not be contained in the current site.

  3. If you want to maintain the data from the template-based documents, choose the Keep Template Data Files option.


    Dreamweaver stores the data in a standard XML file format.

  4. If you have previously exported the site with this command and want to update your export, choose the Extract Only Changed Files option.

  5. Click OK when you're finished.

After the operation is completed, you'll probably want to define a new site to manage the exported files — Dreamweaver does not do this task for you automatically.

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