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asounddesign

Community Member, 4 Posts

14 April 2010 at 5:29am

I have not tackled creating a new theme yet but am drawn to using SS because of the claims that it is easy to use. I normally develop web sites using Dreamweaver CS4. Is it simply a case of adding a few bits of code in certain places and then I'll be able to use my Dreamweaver designed site in SS? I say this because there's not much point in designing fancy rollover images for menus and then finding that they are not going to work in SS.

Also, I use some 3rd party DW extensions, such as those from WebAssist to provide some functionality such as data driven tables, contact forms etc. Am I going to be able to use these in SS?

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Hamish

Community Member, 712 Posts

15 April 2010 at 3:47pm

> Is it simply a case of adding a few bits of code in
> certain places and then I'll be able to use my
> Dreamweaver designed site in SS?

Yes and no. You'll need to set up your template structure in a way that SS understands and your image / code paths need to be relative to your site root, but otherwise you should be able to use Dreamweaver.

> I say this because there's not much point in
> designing fancy rollover images for menus and
> then finding that they are not going to work in SS.

That sort of plug-n-play coding probably isn't going to work without some changes to the code that is produces. Expect to have to make changes to any generated JavaScript.

> Also, I use some 3rd party DW extensions, such
> as those from WebAssist to provide some functionality
> such as data driven tables, contact forms etc. Am
> I going to be able to use these in SS?

Nope, this functionality is supplied by SS. If you want to use Dreamweaver, use it purely for creating your base template, then cut it into a SS theme and add JS behaviours on top.