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Posted on 2006-06-18
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I would like to create my site with text links for navigation which when I move my mouse over the text it shows the options for further pages similar to the website http://www.apcconcepts.co.uk/.

I am using Dreamweaver and do not know what it is called so I cannot find the assistance to learn how to create them.  

There are 2 further questions, 1) is this function ok for search engines and are the text links to other pages as good as any other hyperlink from my home page and 2) I am using Dreamweaver 3 which I know is really old, does this have the function I am asing about in my main question.
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Jason C. Levine earned 50 total points
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Hi Thruss23,

You can create menus in a number of different ways, but most of them are not built into Dreamweaver...

1) You can make an image-based menu bar.  This is found under Insert | Image Objects | Navigation Bar.

2) You can search the Dreamweaver Exchange for extensions that relate to navigation.  There are a ton of them and they range from simple image bars to complex CSS/DHTML/Javascript menus.  FYI, the example you give is a CSS menu.

3) You can buy a third party menu creator.   A nice one that is relatively inexpensive is DHTML Menu Builder: http://xfx.net/utilities/dmbuilder/

For your other questions:

1) Is this function ok for search engines and are the text links to other pages as good as any other hyperlink from my home page?

Depends on the exact method you use, but generally these are okay.  To be sure, what you should also do is post a site map on a separate page and have a normal link to the site map placed on every page of your site.  

2) DW 3

The third party solution above doesn't care what version of DW you have.  That alone may make it worthwhile to you.
Creating Navigation Bars from images has been around since version 3.
The extensions tend to be for DW MX or DW 8.  You may run into some trouble finding a compatible extension for version 3.
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by:Thruss23
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Thank you for your response.  I will have a play!
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I forgot one:

There is a "Show-Hide Popup Menu" behavior built into DW.  Access it from the Behavior panel.
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