Dreamweaver Project

As described in this weeks lab, there are a wide variety of different types of Web sites, and as part of that same lab, you worked on some home pages for yourself. In this project, you will start working on an informational website. However, since Calvin only allows you one place to put webpages, you'll include this "informational website" with your home pages.

Reloading Your Site Definition

If you didn't create a site definition, go back and do it now. Then come back here.

Reload a site definition like so:

This will reload the definition for your website, and you should see it on the right side of the Dreamweaver window.

Creating a Place for Your Informational Website

You don't want to create your informational website in the same folder as your home pages. So create a folder in your site. It's best to do this in Dreamweaver itself: right-click on the site itself, and select "New"-"Folder". Name the folder informational.

Rules for Naming Files and Folders on the Web

You may want to rename some of your old files in your site now. Do this in Dreamweaver itself: right-click on the file, select "Edit"-"Rename".

The Informational Website

At the end of your final project, you will have published on the web a multiple page, hyperlinked, informational website that presents material for a research paper or essay. This week's lab has you started in Dreamweaver; this project will have you work on the structure of the informational website; next week's lab will get the site published (a setup for future publishing); your final project will finish the website with real content.

The Project Topic

The selection of the topic for your project is up to you. Pick something that really interests you, or a topic that you've already written (or will soon write) on for another class. You can use papers from another class to provide the content for this informational website.

If you have trouble finding a topic, then consider one of the following suggestions in the area of information technology:

Your target audience is the Calvin academic community.

Building the Structure

As mentioned above, for this project, you need to build the structure of the informational website. You can base your structure on the structure in Prof Vander Linden's sample website. You do not have to structure yours exactly this way, but there are some key features that you should have:

For this project, you just need the pages themselves with the hyperlinks between them—no content necessary! (If you do put in the content, that just gets you finished with your final project that much sooner. But you get no credit for this project if you don't have the hyperlink structure!)

In short, this means creating the pages in your site and putting in the links that you already see in Vander Linden's example that aren't in his content or in his bibliography.

Remember the "Rules for Naming Files and Folder on the Web" above. Be sure to name your title page index.html (Vander Linden did, but that's hard to tell).

Don't forget to check how your pages look in a standard web browser, and be sure to check every link on every page. Dreamweaver is supposed to be WYSIWYG, but doesn't always produce the results you expect.

Read over the project specification to see what else will be required in this site by the time you're finished.


Submit all the .html files (and image files if any) that you produced for your informational website through Moodle.