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Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Changing the style on an existing web site
Topic: Image Questions
I have just taken an existing web site over as the developer.  The site needs a refresehd look.  Is there an "easy" way to change things like the tab design and background?  Help!


Posted by nj3/aafsc at 3:28 PM EST | Post Comment | View Comments (6) | Permalink | Share This Post

Thursday, 10 February 2011 - 8:29 AM EST

Name: "cw"

It depends on what was used to build the site and if the original building software is available to you. That said, judging from the site I found under your membername, it looks like the site was built with MS Office Word. That may not be a good thing as Word is a desktop publisher, not a web builder.

What works on printed paper doesn't necessarily translate well to browsers, especially non MS browsers. You might want to start over with a builder specifically designed for web pages. There's a better chance that all visitors will see the site more closely to what was intended. For instance, the font being used on your page "Cambria Math" is an oddball font I've never heard of. It will only be seen by those who already have that font installed on their own pc. It is always better to stick to using the more common fonts that most vsitors can reasonably be expected to have installed. It's a relatively short list, arial, times, verdana, tahoma

Thursday, 10 February 2011 - 8:32 AM EST

Name: "malexder"

The easiest way to change things is to use the Site Builder.

Try using a different style (also known as a template).

Log in, go to Control Panel and at the top of the page, click Edit. It's listed right under the green Create a New Website button. Next, click Styles on the menu at the top of the window. Click on the various styles to see what they look like. If you see one you like, save it by clicking the Save button in the top right corner.

You can try as many different styles as you want.

You can also work with the CSS Editor. It's a little bit more involved but not tough to figure out. Don't be afraid to experiment. Again, clickEdit and go to Styles. Click the Customize button. On the left side of the window, click the object you wish to change (example: body, header, content area). On the right side of the window, choose colors, whether you want to use a background image, border and so on. 

Thursday, 10 February 2011 - 8:38 AM EST

Name: "malexder"

Nevermind. I assumed that your predecessor used the Site Builder.

Thursday, 10 February 2011 - 8:40 AM EST

Name: "cw"

oops sorry! I truncated my own message before posting. There are more web fonts than the ones I listed. Do a google search for web safe fonts if you are interested in researching that. You can also specifiy font families so that if a certain font is not available to a visitor, something similar will be used if available on a particular pc.

also- avoid vml graphics which is a MS invention that can only be viewed in MS browsers. I see some vml instructions in your site source code though it doesn't look like it's being used for images which is a good thing.

You really should try not to use Word for web building. It will work but there is much better software to use to build a site that views well for all visitors. You could always give the webon editor here a try. The templates are quite nice though most are not very customizable. Or try another builder of your choice. A new site can be built in a subdirectory for now and when it is ready to replace the original it can be republished to the main directory where the old site now resides.

Monday, 14 March 2011 - 8:56 AM EDT

Name: "Bearabull"
Home Page: http://www.angelfire.com/fl5/sunbird/

I like using nvu. They have not updated the software in years, but it still works great. You can tranfer your files with it also.

Monday, 14 March 2011 - 8:56 AM EDT

Name: "Bearabull"
Home Page: http://www.angelfire.com/fl5/sunbird/

I like using nvu. They have not updated the software in years, but it still works great. You can tranfer your files with it also.

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