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Modifying OScommerce in Dreamweaver


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I have installed Oscommerce on my hosted site and would like to begin modifying the graphics, etc. I use Dreamweaver as my editor. Do I need to download a version locally to perform this task or can I work from the remote site. What is the name of the opening page, etc. Are there any guidelines for banner sizes, etc.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks,

 

Patrick

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The only sound advice that I can give you is NOT to use Dreamweaver to modify your code. Sorry, but there are only two programs worse than dreamweaver for producing garbage code, and they are FrontPage and MS Word. You are far better off just editing your code in Notepad, or you can download a good text editor such as TextPad (this isn't freeware, but you can keep using it as long as you can put up with the nag screen).

 

For designing graphics I'd use Adobe Photoshop, or, a little less user-friendly (but a lot cheaper), Corel Photopaint. I'd recommend a size of 468 pixels wide, and between 60 and 80 pixels deep.

 

Hope this helps - Vger

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I've had no problems with dreamweaver MX so far. In fact I'm very happy with it.

 

I have a local site here that I test everything on and then FTP files to the site. You can always make changes and upload the files to see them in action, but then you may change somehting that didn't work, then you have a broken, live site...

9 times out of 10 its a PEBCAK Error (Problem exists between chair and keyboard)

 

Replace that and you're fine...

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I've had no problems with dreamweaver MX so far. In fact I'm very happy with it.

 

I have a local site here that I test everything on and then FTP files to the site. You can always make changes and upload the files to see them in action, but then you may change somehting that didn't work, then you have a broken, live site...

The dreamweaver FTP client is not known for being stable, and with some hosting companies you won't even be able to establish an FTP connection at all using Dreamweaver. I stand by what I say about the code. I was looking at some garbage code just last week, and thought it had been written in MS Word and saved as HTML, but then I found out that it had been written in Dreamweaver. By the time I'd cleared all of the extra and totally unnecessary coding out of it the html code was a quarter of the size, and hence the page loaded a lot quicker. Vger

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I don't use the dreamweaver ftp stuff, that doesn't look good, I just use it to write and save, then UL with a separate ftp prog or local/remote diffs

 

I like it mostly because of the color coding for php files, I've only been doing php for a little bit, so every little bit helps.

 

Don't see any extra code on my pages, just what I put there, but then again, I don't use it for html, just php. I tried to play with the dbase functions and other crap it has, but never got it working.

 

In a nutshell, just use it like notepad... And from what you say, thats all I'll stick with too... Thanks

9 times out of 10 its a PEBCAK Error (Problem exists between chair and keyboard)

 

Replace that and you're fine...

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it sounds like someone doesnt know how to use dreamweaver. if it is not known for being stable, where is that information posted? i have been using dreamweaver for quite sometime, maintain over 50 websites with the software, i have a server setup as localhost for the initial testing, then just ftp the file changed to the server. very easy if setup properly, the file even goes to the proper location. you can even setup a testing server somewhere, to have the files sent to prior to sending to the 'live customer' server.

dreameweaver also aids in the syntax.

there are numerous programs out there, however notepad, if your code goes longer across the screen, and you try to cut and paste, etc, will have you all over the place.

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Me too. Never had a problem here with Dreamweaver. Over 100 sites designed with it and never had a problem. Have been using it for years now. In fact I would highly recommend Dreamweaver to edit your code. If you spend the time to learn how to properly configure sites it can make you life a whole lot easier.

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The only sound advice that I can give you is NOT to use Dreamweaver to modify your code. Sorry, but there are only two programs worse than dreamweaver for producing garbage code, and they are FrontPage and MS Word.

That is total BS. Dreamweaver is perfect if you know how to use it. It doesn't add ANY extra code at all. Ever. You're sadly misinformed it would seem. :rolleyes:

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Sounds like I need to dive back into configuring dreamweaver, thanks for the info. :D

9 times out of 10 its a PEBCAK Error (Problem exists between chair and keyboard)

 

Replace that and you're fine...

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