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Editable areas arent editable


I have created a template and set the editable area to cover all of it. When I then derive a child page from it, I cant drag a new layer into the area. It tells me the area is locked. How can I unlock it in these derived pages so I can add stuff.
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webwomanCommented:
Try not using layers and see if it works.

As a general rule, if you aren't familiar with layers and how DW uses them, it's best to just not use them at all. They can cause a TON of problems.

Layers usually require scripting, and if you have editable areas you're most likely not going to be able to add the necessary scripting because the head tag areas are locked.
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rockmansatticCommented:
agree,
DW templates are for the novice user to update all the child pages with one click.
BUT DW has an awful precision with this. my advice, dont use DW templates unless youare creating a small html website that will be given to a psudo-techie to update.
Use find/replace or better use serverside includes.

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sebastizAuthor Commented:
Thats all very well, ut how am I supposed to place my well chosen graphics wherever I want them without using layers?
And furthermore, I do want to create a small site and update everything with one click so who gives. Serverside include sound a lot more complicated.
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webwomanCommented:
How do you place your graphics? You hack together a table or you learn CSS and use divs correctly. You will be much better off.

Don't believe me? Make a page, not using your template, and put everything in your nice layers. Then upload it, or preview in the browser to see what it REALLY looks like. Change your window size, change your resolution, change your text size, see what happens.

Watch your nicely crafted layout fall apart, watch graphics fall over top of text, things shift, etc.  Try to fix it -- you won't be able to, because you'll have absolutely no idea what's happening, why, or what to do about it.

I wish DW had never put layers in the program. They are most definitely NOT for beginners.

Server side includes are MUCH better than templates, even for a beginner. Why? Because all you have to do to change that part is change ONE FILE, upload that ONE FILE, and poof! everything that uses that file changes. DW will show you what it looks like (kinda, don't depend on DW for exact anything).
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rockmansatticCommented:
Totally agree...

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sebastizAuthor Commented:
OK. So do I just lay out the graphics in a table? But then how do I get them to go where I want?
Seb
PS didnt mean to get you fired up?! Sheesh
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webwomanCommented:
You put them there. You set up the table and insert your graphics. Or, you set up the entire thing in Fireworks and slice it up and export it as html & images.

Start by learning HTML, then you'll have a better sense of what's actually going on.
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