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Hi,

I'm working of a redo of my website using Dreamweaver. I am also using a template from Dreamweaver. I've been previewing the pages all along in both Firefox and IE. They were looking really sharp. This morning I finally uploaded them using FTP.

The home page (index) looks awful!! Nothing is formatted right or in the correct place. Nothing is in a column. And none of the links work! I tested them several times beforehand. This home page is unusable. What can be the difference between what the previewed page looks like and what you see when you upload it? Can anyone help me?

http://www.karathecomputertutor.com

Thank you very much.

Kara

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by:Jason C. Levine
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Hi Kara,

I see your flyers all over the place in Santa Monica :)  I guess I get to tutor the tutor!

It looks to me like your external stylesheet file didn't upload or is in the wrong path.  From the link above I see this:

<link rel="stylesheet" href="../karathecomputertutor4.1/3col_leftNav.css" type="text/css" />

Is 3colleftNav.css in a subfolder /karathecomputertutor4.1 on the site or do you have the site definitions set up incorrectly?

Looks like the same issue for this image call:

<img src="../karathecomputertutor4.0/laptop.jpg" />

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by:kara334
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Hi Jason,

Oh, that is really very funny! I thought I could remain anonymous on here. :)

I see there is definitely something wrong with the stylesheet path. But I'm not really familiar with stylesheets (hence the template), so I don't know what the path is supposed to be!

The laptop photo path is minor. I can probably fix that in a second. I think it's the stylesheet path that's really causing me problems. Can you tell me how to figure out what it should be? I really appreciate your help. I'm stumped.


Kara
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Jason C. Levine earned 2000 total points
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Well, I shop at the Whole Foods on Wilshire and get coffee at the $tarbucks on Montana and 15th.  So just your luck, I guess.

As far as the stylesheet:

On your local site, you have a file called 3col_leftNav.css somewhere.  Switch DW over to the expanded site view so you have both the local and remote sites on the screen and look that file in the remote site.  Your pages think that it should be in ../karathecomputertutor4.1 where ../ is the root of your public web space.  

If 3col_leftNav.css is not on the remote site, find it locally and put it there and look at the page again.  If it is still not correct, you need to fix that call to the style sheet in your source code so that it points to the location of 3col_leftNav.css correctly.

In short, treat it like an image and use a correct relative path.

Now, if it looks okay in DW, it probably means your local or remote site definition is slightly off.  Go to manage sites and check the paths again.  If it still isn't working, let me know.
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by:kara334
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That did it! It's like night and day. I'm so grateful you don't even know. If you dare to give me your mailing address, I'll send you a Starbuck's gift card so you can have a coffee on me! You can email it to: kara@karathecomputertutor.com if you want.

Kara
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by:Jason C. Levine
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No need for that, but get my address from my profile.  If you ever want to grab a coffee and talk shop, I'd love to meet you in person.
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After all that I forgot to give you your points!

Coffee and shop talk sounds good. Let's talk soon. Have a good day.

Kara
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Sounds good.  Good luck with the site and the consulting.
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