Dreamweaver Tips


Create New Page

  1. File>New
  2. Select Page from Template
    • Highlight desired template (preferred is basicinnertemplate)
    • Click on Create button (lower right hand corner)
Save file; see naming conventions and file structure, below

Give the file a Title (input box near top of screen). Naming conventions do not apply to the title.

Publish to public server

  1. Highlight file; click on up arrow at top of file list, or
  2. right click on file and select put

Contact link

Highlight name; delete

Next to link input box (lower right), click on folder and browse to
  1. About
  2. Write
  3. Select your name or use snippet (see below)

Use snippets (see below)


Use for frequent text, like contact link, proxy link for off campus access

Create snippet (automatically put in contact link or commonly used text)
In right hand column, browse to:
  1. About
  2. Write
    1. Note the “address” for your name, e.g. mailto_mjwalsh.aspx

In right hand column, click on Snippets
  1. Right click on Text folder and select New Snippet
  2. Name and describe your snippet
  3. Type text (e.g. your mailto address) into Insert Before
  4. Click on OK

Insert Snippet
  1. Place cursor at desired location
  2. In right hand column, click on Snippets
  3. Browse to desired snippet
  4. Double click on desired snippet


Use relative links for internal pages, either:
  • Browse to them (folder next to link input box), or
  • Strip http://exlibris.colgate.edu from any URLs

/ root directory
../ up one directory
_ in current directory

Use full links for external pages
RxS pages are external
Links to records/searches in Mondo are external links. Use permanent links (test opac) and/or unique searches (e.g. record no. search)


  • select style solid line

Right hand nav bar

  • insert
  • HTML tab
  • Solid line
Bread Crumbs
Create by hand; add links by hand
Most important on one-column webpages


Create and edit before inserting (width < 800 pixels)
Save to images folder; insert into document

File Structure

  • default.html (library home page)
  • about
    • departments – any departmental pages you have should live here
    • policies – although library policy links may be on any page within the website, please keep all of your policy webpages here
    • write – this folder contains all of the library mail forms. Please link to these forms instead of posting your email address directly onto a webpage
  • help – files associated with the Research Help area of the homepage should live here
    • guides – subject and class guides that are not RxS based
      • core – guides to core classes that are not RxS based
  • images – all image files live here (.jpg (photos), .gif (drawings))
  • resources – files associated with the resources “area” on the home page live here – it is unlikely that you will need to create pages in this folder
  • services – files associated with library services live here
  • staff – please use your staff folder for personal pages or pages that are works in progress – this should not be the permanent home for public library website pages
  • templates – all template files live in this folder
In order to keep our site structure neat, organized and streamlined - It is preferable, when possible, that you fit your content into one of these folders and not leave single pages floating at the top level, or create a new top-level folder. If you are creating content and you are unsure of where it should live, talk to me and we’ll figure it out together

Naming conventions

  • keep the names simple and descriptive.
  • files should always end .html NOT .htm
  • If you must, use dashes not underscores to separate words in a file name
  • use all lower case