Changing site appearance

  griffo 18:06 12 Jan 09

I have an existing site (not made by me and don't know what software was used), which I would like to change the appearance of - colour scheme mostly.

I have downloaded it into Dreamweaver to make some changes but can I change the colour scheme there or will I need to use other software? If so, will the pages transfer and be workable?

Sorry if it's a naive question.

  djbenny 10:07 13 Jan 09

it depends, is the website using cssm, in which case you will just have to change the css file. if the coloured bits on your page are pictures you will need to edit them in graphics software

  griffo 10:16 13 Jan 09

thanks for the response - excuse my ignorance but how do I tell if the site uses cssm? I can only see one file in DW that ends in .css the others are .html

  tims31 16:17 13 Jan 09

If it has a .css file then it will be styled using a Cascading style sheet (CSS). Open the css file in dreamweaver and look at the properties for each individual element. If you are new to all this I would recommend reading up on styling using css. If you have a copy of the site stored locally on your hard drive then you could change a few properties and then preview them if you are only looking to change a few colors sorry colours and maybe the font style etc.

  griffo 17:41 13 Jan 09

thanks - it only has one .css file and that only shows code, no design. All the rest are .html files and I haven't found any way of changing the colours.

  griffo 09:26 14 Jan 09

Do I take it that, without .css files, I can't change things like background colours on our web pages?

  beynac 13:06 14 Jan 09

You only need one .css file. The 'code' determines the site's appearance.

An example of css code:

body {
padding:0 0 20px;

This code is setting the colours, fonts and spacing of the 'body' element of the page. Other elements will have their own section.

This link ( click here ) gives some good information about CSS.

  griffo 15:00 14 Jan 09

thanks for the reply. The one .css file I have just shows this:

COLOR: 62a052;
FONT: Verdana;
table { background-color: #62A052; font-family: Verdana; color: #FFFFFF }
th { font-size: 14pt; color: #fef6bd; font-family: Verdana }
h2 { color: #0e4700; font-family: Verdana }
tbody { color: #FFFFFF; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 10pt }
h1 { color: #0e4700; font-family: Verdana; font-size: 20pt }

Does that mean I can make some changes that would alter all pages in the same way?

  djbenny 15:20 14 Jan 09

griffo, sorry typo there it was .css not cssm

  djbenny 15:21 14 Jan 09

also responce to your last entry, yes if you edit the colours in there your pages appearence will change.

  griffo 17:55 14 Jan 09

thanks, I'll give that a try and see what happens!

Is there somewhere I can see a colour chart with the codes, so that I know what to change them to?

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