In the next three video tutorials of the Rapid Weaver series, we are going to use Adobe Dreamweaver and BBEdit to modify the website project that we created with RapidWeaver 3.6. Dreamweaver is an excellent HTML editor because it allows you to modify the locations and the names of the files within the same ‘site.’ And we use BBEdit to edit text (.txt) files and CSS (.css) files. You can use BBEdit Lite (freeware) or whatever you have to edit text files and style sheets.
Furthermore, the main purpose of these three video tutorials is to get our website ready for dynamic contents. So we want to convert all HTML files into PHP ones. By so doing, we can embed Server Side Includes We don’t explain how to write Server Side Includes in the video tutorials. So if you are unsure how they work, you are advised to go through these articles at our SEO website beforehand.
In the meantime, these three video tutorials aren’t designed just to fulfill the needs for RapidWeaver users. Dreamweaver beginners, those who want to use Server Side Includes, those who want to learn how to create their own RapidWeaver themes may find these video tutorials useful to some extent.
Now that HTML files are converted to handle dynamic contents, we want to insert Server Side Includes codes within an HTML script. More specifically, in “Building a Blog Website with RapidWeaver 07,” we want to display some text, which we call a headline, at the top of the page. (See the text in gray at the top of this blog as well.) And we also want the server to display the date when the file was last updated. As for the headline, we want to use Server Side Includes so that all webpages will call the same text file. In this way, we will only need to edit the text file to make the change take effect side-wide instead of editing all webpages.
RapidWeaver 3.6 is a product of Realmac Software.