Lesson 09

Like page headers and footers, columns usually contain content that's the same on every page in your site. Now might be a good time to start thinking about whether or not you want to use columns and what you want to put in them. Use the layout.htm page as your artist's canvas to experiment with different possibilities.

Eventually, after you're happy with your layout.htm page, you can use it as the general template for all new pages you create for your site. That way, each new page will already contain all the header, sidebar, and footer content.

To add headers, footers, and sidebar content to existing pages, copy and paste appropriate tags from layout.htm into your completed page. Make sure you put the div tags for the header and sidebar, as well as the opening div tag for the main content area, just below the <body> tag and above the content that's already in your page.

Then copy and paste the closing tag for the main content area, as well as the div tags for the page footer, into that existing page. Make sure you place those tags below the existing content in your page (but above the closing </body> and </html> tags. Use the road map image from Chapter 5 as your guide.


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