General Setup | Customize the Website |Company Name/Logo | Navigation Bar | Add a New PageRollover Links/CSS

General Setup

  1. Download the "BRILLANT LINES.EXE" file, and double click to run.
  2. Choose a location to save the web template to your hard drive.
  3. Click UNZIP.
  4. Open Dreamweaver. You can get a FREE 30 day trial version at
  5. Define a Site in Dreamweaver.

To make major modification to the website, modify the main template BRILLANT.DWT in the Templates directory.

For example, if you would like to modify the Company Name or Navigation, make sure to make the change to the template (.dwt file).
If you would like to change "page specific" elements like the Title or sub navigation, modify the individual page.

  1. Save your modifications, and choose Update to propagate changes to all other pages in the website that use the template.


Customize the Website (Make it Yours)
You have made a wise decision by purchasing this Dreamweaver Website. You already have a functional website, now all you have to do is add the finishing touches.

  1. Organize your thoughts by creating a sitemap to determine what pages are needed for your website. In other words just create a heirarchy of pages so that you know how many sections and sub sections you need. (You may save this so you can use it as an true html site map later, if you have a lot of pages)
  2. Add your logo or change the text to read your company name in in the template "BRILLANT.DWT" in the TEMPLATES directory to update throughout the existing website (see below).
  3. Modify the Navigation Bar in the template "BRILLANT.DWT" in the TEMPLATES directory to reflect the sections of your website. Home, Service, Company, Press, FAQs, Contact, etc. by modifying an existing button, or adding or removing buttons (see below).
  4. Change the appropriate page titles and/or names, e.g. Setup Instructions to About Us and setup.htm to about.htm.
  5. Modify the Section Headers for your new sections, e.g. if you have added a new section called Partners, you will need to add the section to the navigation, create a page called partners.htm, then modify the sub navigation.
  6. Add new pages.
  7. Add your copy, graphics, and code to complete your website.


How to Modify the Company Name/Logo
Keep in mind, that the Dreamweaver Templates where built leveraging Dreamweaver and Fireworks. (Download a trial version of either program: Dreamweaver, Fireworks)We suggest the use of Fireworks, but Photoshop or another graphics editing program can be used as well.

Using Fireworks

  1. Open "BRILLANT.DWT" in the Templates directory.
  2. Select the graphic and click the Edit button in the Property inspector.
  3. When Fireworks launches, make you changes by modifying the text or adding a logo, and click Done.
  4. Save and Update throughout the website.

Using Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, etc.

  1. Note the graphic name that you want to modify, e.g. "header_r1_c1.gif"
  2. Open the "BRILLANT_LAYOUT.PSD" file in the Fireworks directory.
  3. Make sure that you show the guides to see the "section" of the graphic that must be edited.
  4. Modify the text and/or add a logo.
  5. Depending on the tool you are using,
    export the slice
    -- or --
    crop the image
    to save the graphic you noted in step 1.
  6. Save and over right the existing graphic, and the change will automatically take place throughout the website; make sure to publish the graphic(s) to your live website.

How to Modify the Navigation Bar

Modify an Existing Button
Adding or Removing a Button (this will modify the dimensions of the current file)

Modify an Exiting Button
Using Fireworks

  1. Select the button that you want to modify.
  2. Click the Edit button in the Property inspector.
  3. When Fireworks launches, make your changes by modifying the text, button, etc. and click Done.
  4. Save and Update throughout the website.

Using Photoshop or another graphics editing program
This process is is the same as modifying the company name and/or logo if you are using Photoshop or another graphics editing programs...and you are likely to lose some of the rollover effects if you are not careful. We have leveraged Fireworks' Button functionality, so it is suggested that you use Fireworks to take advantage of the Roundtrip Graphics Editing.

Adding or Removing a Button
In this example, we will add the HOME button. In a nutshell, you need to expand the canvas size, copy and paste a button, update the button to read and link appropriately, and save.

  1. Open "BRILLANT_NAV.PNG" in Fireworks from Dreamweaver
  2. Modify an existing button
    -- or--
    copy and paste a button. You may have to resize each button to fit in the current layout.
  3. Change the text to read "Your New Button", click Done or Save.
  4. Modify the link in Dreamweaver.


Add a New Page

You can either use the existing pages, and rename them and change the appropriate titles, ect. or you can create a New Page from Template.

From the Menu bar, select File>New from Template...

Then Choose the Brilliant Template and start building you new page. Don't forget to change the DocTitle and Page Header.


How to Modify the Link Rollover Effects and the Cascading Style Sheets

This Dreamweaver Template utilizes Cascading Style Sheets, so in order to make changes simply modify the existing style sheet "BRILLANT.CSS" and/or change where the style is applied within the template (for global changes) or individual pages (for page specfic).

Modify the Style Sheet
Personally, I like to modify the Style Sheets in Notepad because I can access everything quickly and easily.

The style sheets looks something like the sample below, just modify the color, font-weight, font-family, font-size or text-decoration (underline or none) to get the style you want. Since almost everything is already done for you, you may just want to change the colors from #FFFFFF (white) to #CCCCCC (gray) or add another style.

For example, to add another style, you can cut and paste one of the existing styles, then change the class name from .footer to .yourstyle then change any of the style properties.

.footer { font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 8pt; color: #cccccc}
.footer a:active { color: #FFFFFF; text-decoration: none;}
.footer a:link { color: #FFFFFF; text-decoration: none;}
.footer a:visited { color: #FFFFFF; text-decoration: none;}
.footer a:hover { color: #FFFFFF; text-decoration: underline ;}

Change Where the Style is Applied
On the other hand, you may want to change sections of your web page to contain different style (maybe you've created your own).

  1. Open "BRILLANT.DWT" (for a global website change) or a specific page.
  2. Select the section of the page you would like to change the style (Select a HTML tag, in this example I have selected the td tag with the Body Editable Region).
  3. Click the style you would like to apply in the CSS Styles Panel (in this example I have applied the body style).
  4. Save and view your change in a browser (Netscape is a little picky about the styles it uses so be careful).