Here is what you need to understand to get started with templates.Not sure if you’re still monitoring this for questions, but just in case…
Instead of editing every page, you can simply open the template file, update the navigation bar, and let Dreamweaver apply the update to all your pages.
by Christopher Heng, Nearly all websites have more than one page.
By the end of this chapter, you will have created nearly all the pages of your website.
You will also learn how to use Dreamweaver CS5's template system to create new pages based on the custom design and layout that you've been working on in the previous chapters as well as to automate the updating of all the pages of your site when you make a design change.
There is a logo and a navigation menu in the left column, and the content specific to each page is housed in the right column.
This common design is the result of my basing all my pages on a template containing all the above elements (logo, navigation menu, 2 column layout, etc).
In particular, if you ever decide to change the design of your website, all you need to do is to modify the template, and Dreamweaver will automatically update all the pages on your site derived from that template.
You do not need to manually go through every page to make those design changes.
Dreamweaver allows you to make changes to all template-based web pages site-wide.