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Frontpage 2002: Apply a Theme to an Entire Web

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Half of the battle in any Web project is to create the information that will be displayed on the pages of your site. FrontPage 2002 makes this easier through the use of templates, which can generate pages-and even entire Webs-for you to customize. The other half of the battle is to make the information look good. While most Web users expect sites to be easy to use and visually interesting, FrontPage 2002 makes this part of Web design easier using themes, or packages of coordinated graphics that can be applied to your Webs. Learn how to apply themes to Webs and individual Web pages, and how to customize a theme, making changes to fit your own project.
This sample chapter is excerpted from Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft FrontPage 2002 in 24 Hours.

Half the battle in any Web project is to create the information that will be displayed on the pages of your site. FrontPage 2002 makes this easier through the use of templates, which can generate pages—and even entire Webs—for you to customize.

The other half of that battle is to make that information look good.

There was a time when the World Wide Web was almost entirely text. The information contained on a Web was more important than the different ways that browsers displayed it. That time ended a few minutes after a new Web page element was introduced—the image file.

Most Web users expect sites to be easy to use and visually interesting. FrontPage 2002 makes this part of Web design easier through the use of themes, packages of coordinated graphics that can be applied to your Webs.

During this hour, you'll learn how to apply themes to Webs and individual Web pages. You'll also customize a theme, making changes to fit your own project.

Sample the FrontPage 2002 Themes

As a Web publisher, one of your most important tasks is to establish the visual appearance of your site. This is determined by each of the following, among other things:

  • The color of text and hyperlinks

  • The color or image used as a background

  • The fonts used

  • The images and link bars

Another choice you must make is whether these things should vary from page to page or be consistent throughout an entire Web. Using the same visual elements makes it easier for a visitor to know they're still on your Web. It also can make a Web easier to navigate, if you've kept the layout consistent and used link bars.

FrontPage 2002 enables you to establish the visual identity of a Web by assigning a theme to it.

Themes establish the visual appearance of a Web or a Web page by defining its colors, fonts, text, and images.

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