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I am developing a web site with few pages. I am using Microsoft Expression Web as a tool and I am new to this.How I can create Dynamic Web Template  or Master Page and attach it to other pages?
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rdivilbiss earned 200 total points
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Well I just downloaded the free trial and don't pretend to be expert, but I simply created a new page, added the content I want to be the same for all pages, such as meta tags, a common external style sheet, some javascript includes, banner, footer includes, etc...I added editable content regions for the main body content and the right column and saved it as a dynamic web template.

Now when I select File -> New -> Create From Dynamic Web Template and select that file I get a new page with all the common elements waiting for me to change the content of the editable regions.

I'd be happy with that. I didn't figure out master pages.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
<%@ Page Language="C#" %>
<html lang="en">

<head runat="server">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
<meta http-equiv="expires" content="now-1">
<meta http-equiv="pragma" content="no-cache">
<meta name="author" content="Roderick Divilbiss">
<meta name="copyright" content="© 2005, 2006 Roderick Divilbiss">
<meta name="MSSmartTagsPreventParsing" content="TRUE">
<meta name="robots" content="index,follow">
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon">
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="include/css/all.css">
<script type="text/javascript" src="include/allPages.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="include/allForms.js"></script>
<!-- #BeginEditable "doctitle" -->
<title>Title</title>
<!-- #EndEditable -->
</head>

<body>

<form id="form1" runat="server">
      <div id="topmenu">
            <!--#include file="topMenu.htm"--></div>
      <div id="banner">
            <!--#include virtual="include/banner.htm"--></div>
      <div id="mainmenu">
            <!--#include file="mainMenu.htm"--></div>
      <div id="middle">
            <div id="content">
                  <!-- #BeginEditable "content" -->Content<!-- #EndEditable --></div>
            <div id="nav">
                  <!--#include file="leftMenu.htm"--></div>
            <div id="right">
                  <!-- #BeginEditable "right" -->Right<!-- #EndEditable --></div>
            <div id="bottomMenu">
                  <!--#include virtual="include/bottomMenu.htm"--></div>
            <div id="pageCopyright">
                  <!--#include virtual="include/copyright.htm"--></div>
            <div id="legal">
                  <!--#include virtual="include/legal.htm"--></div>
      </div>
</form>

</body>

</html>

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by:rdivilbiss
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Okay...the master page needs content @Master and <asp:ContentPlaceHolder ...>'s added.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">
<%@ Master Language="VB" %>
<html lang="en">

<head runat="server">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
<asp:ContentPlaceHolder id="head" runat="server">
<meta http-equiv="expires" content="now-1">
<meta http-equiv="pragma" content="no-cache">
<meta name="author" content="Roderick Divilbiss">
<meta name="copyright" content="© 2005, 2006 Roderick Divilbiss">
<meta name="MSSmartTagsPreventParsing" content="TRUE">
<meta name="robots" content="index,follow">
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon">
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="include/css/all.css">
<script type="text/javascript" src="include/allPages.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="include/allForms.js"></script>
<!-- #BeginEditable "doctitle" -->
<title>Title</title>
<!-- #EndEditable -->
</asp:ContentPlaceHolder>
</head>

<body>

<form id="form1" runat="server">
  <asp:ContentPlaceHolder id="ContentPlaceHolder1" runat="server">

      <div id="topmenu">
            <!--#include file="topMenu.htm"--></div>
      <div id="banner">
            <!--#include virtual="include/banner.htm"--></div>
      <div id="mainmenu">
            <!--#include file="mainMenu.htm"--></div>
      <div id="middle">
            <div id="content">
                  <!-- #BeginEditable "content" -->Content<!-- #EndEditable --></div>
            <div id="nav">
                  <!--#include file="leftMenu.htm"--></div>
            <div id="right">
                  <!-- #BeginEditable "right" -->Right<!-- #EndEditable --></div>
            <div id="bottomMenu">
                  <!--#include virtual="include/bottomMenu.htm"--></div>
            <div id="pageCopyright">
                  <!--#include virtual="include/copyright.htm"--></div>
            <div id="legal">
                  <!--#include virtual="include/legal.htm"--></div>
      </div>
  </asp:ContentPlaceHolder>

</form>

</body>

</html>

I like the plain dwt better.
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