9. How To Put a Different Background On Two Pages Created From The Same Template in Adobe Dreamweaver CS6

So as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have been putting in a lot of hours trying to get my website up and running. As such, I have actually come across a lot of great information for beginning web designers and had planned to share a list of tips and tricks that I learned now that it is Website Wednesday. However, late last night, I solved an ongoing problem that I had been having with backgrounds in Dreamweaver and could find no solution other than code workarounds and things I just could not figure out as a beginner. I want to write these website posts in as plain English as possible, but for the sake of this post not taking a full work week to write, I am going to jump ahead and assume you were able to create a page and then make it into a template. You have set you body text, maybe an image header or the copyright year as an editable region, but alas, you can find no way to make your background image or color editable in your template. I am referring specifically to the .body background, NOT the .container background, I haven’t figured that one out quite yet and it is not something I need for the time being. Well look no further, I randomly stumbled across this solution while trying to solve a second problem I was having, so a shout out to dumb luck. This very well may go against the laws of the coding gods, but all I know is I now have six different backgrounds on six different pages.

Step 1. Remove the background image from your template. You can set a background color (as long as that is not specific to your page), but don’t include any background image.

Step 2. Create a new page from your template. You should now have a page that only lets you interact with your editable regions, as defined in your template. Since you can’t define the body, it is one of those locked up regions. You would be able to click on the .body CSS rule and change the background image there, but that would apply to all of the pages using the template, so don’t do that.

Step 3. Right click somewhere in an editable region, container, sidebar, etc. Go all the way to the bottom of the menu and select ‘Page Properties’ Appearance (CSS) should be the default tab, and on there you will see a list of page options, the important one being ‘Background Image:’. Browse for your file, and open it. Click apply and you should see your background image appear in the body of your webpage. Voila! Repeat this for as many pages as you need and you will have a different one on each page.

I apologize for the lack of pictures for this. I really wanted screenshots for each step, but for some reason they were scaling really poorly and became completely illegible. If any part of this is confusing, please let me know and I will do my best to clarify. Also, if there is some reason that I am overlooking why this would not actually work down the road (it is working as far as what I have now) PLEASE leave me a comment and let me know so I can try and find another way to do it. Hope you all had a great Wednesday, see you tomorrow for Test Kitchen Thursday!


2. Everything About Website Creation, Web Hosting and Reseller Hosting

Got ya! While I would love to report that I was able to spend my day learning everything there is to know about the subjects in the title in just one day, what I really learned was how to even BEGIN to learn about these things. One would think that with the overwhelming need for a website in business today, that it would be pretty easy to get one up and running; to this I say “ha ha ha ha ha hahahahahaha ha. ha. ha.” Seriously. The amount of coherent, BEGINNER oriented information out there is next to none. While looking for information about best web hosting sites and what to know about them, I uncovered website after website, forum after forum with instructions such as: “If you wish to publish your website/data worldwide, you need to contact Web Host. The company that provides web hosting services are call as Web Host.” Call me dense, but I struggle to find this little gem of information helpful.

All of that being said, I did manage to stumble around enough to figure out a few things. I’ve decided to just go with it and try to teach myself as I go. So let’s just call this ‘Everything About Website Creation, Web Hosting and Reseller Hosting Part One-of-who-knows-how-many. In fact, this inspires me to designate my first weekly installation: Website Wednesday’s. Without further ado, here are some things that I actually learned, instead of what I did not:

Step 1: get a domain name. This can be done through a variety of websites, most notably GoDaddy.com. You may have seen their somewhat racy ads like this Superbowl commercial. I ended up going with Go Daddy to buy my domain name because their site was the easiest to navigate and if the .com I was looking for wasn’t available or was too expensive, they give you some alternatives to look at. For example, if AwesomeBusinessName.com isn’t available, you might be able to register AwesomeBusinessName.biz or Awesome-Business-Name.com. Go Daddy always seems to be running some sort of promotion too, which will help save you some money on the domain name. For the New Year all ‘.com’ domains were on sale for $9.99 instead of $14.99, but I also checked retailmenot.com and found a code valid through January 4th 2013 that let me get mine for just $.99/year, so make sure you check around for coupon codes before you buy at their so-called ‘special’ price.

Step 2: decide how you much control you want over the design of your website. If you are looking to just have a few basic pages with information and details about your business, the web site hosting packages that sites like Godaddy.com, hostgator.com, site5.com usually include the hosting of your site and some basic design templates so you can manufacture a passable generic site. Trying to compare all of these options definitely made my head spin, so you may want to check out a few of the reputable reviews that can be found at Lifehacker, cNet or another ranking from a site that you have heard of. The biggest problem I encountered when researching web hosts was that because the hosts actually host websites as a business, many of the ‘reviews’ are just sites being run by the web host to promote them as a number one ranked company.

Personally, for me, my end goal is to build my website using Dreamweaver and ultimately start a Web Design company. For this reason I am oriented myself more with reseller web hosting. Many of the big name hosting companies also sell reseller hosting packages, what is what I am messing with now. Basically what this means is that instead of paying a company 5 dollars per month to put my site onto a small section of their much larger servers, I can pay a monthly service fee that gives me access to my own server. Then, depending on the size of the server I rent, I can put my website in the space, as well as x number of other people’s websites. This will allow me to build someone a website, the actually design and layout of the pages, and then host it for them as well. Right now I am doing a one month free trial of site5.com’s reseller web hosting basic package while I learn more about the design of web pages in Dreamweaver and to actually host sites with the tools that they give me.

In the next few weeks I am hoping to post about creating packages in WHM, selling web hosting packages, and building sites in Dreamweaver and then actually publishing them to the web. For now, this is pretty much all Greek to me, but I feel like I can learn these things now that I actually know what specific things I need to learn. Eventually I would like to put together a start to finish guide for making an amazing website that doesn’t require you to decode every couple of sentences with a web site building dictionary, so stay tuned for that.

If you already have an amazing website, or are a web host reseller, please leave any tips, tricks and great resources in the comments. Also, if you too are trying to get a website up and running, but you are getting stuck on the logistics, ask your question in the comments and maybe someone else can answer your question, or I can answer it in a future Website Wednesday post.