Tom Muck

Alpha Dog Blues Band
Home page
All articles
All Extensions | Extension News | Extension FAQs | Customer Login
Books authored or co-authored by Tom Muck
Extensions, books, and other products | Customer Login
Your current cart contents Blog | CMXTraneous Blog | Flash Remoting Blog
About the site


Tom Muck's BlogTom Muck's Blog

News and Views

ColdFusion custom tags as a site template

Thursday, December 29, 2005 12:15:37 PM

I'm not a big fan of Dreamweaver templates, mostly because the system requires that you update all of your pages each time you make a change to the design. To my mind, this is just asking for problems -- trusting a program to update your pages for you. I use ColdFusion custom tags for my site designs, and since using this method I would never go back to another way of working. The reason I mention it is because there are still a few days left in the open house at Community MX -- all articles are free to read this week. My series on using ColdFusion custom tags to create a site template can be found here as well:

This site was built using that technique, as well as and The designs are nothing to speak of (especially this one, which uses a built-in Dreamweaver site design), but the advantage is that I can remove it and put a new design in the site by changing one page. Some people use custom tags in a limited way for footers, menus, and other parts of the site, but to my mind that is not much more advantageous than using a simple include file. To really take advantage of custom tags you should use the start tag, end tag, and optional arguments.

I use a similar system in PHP as well, which I have not written about yet. The system uses a PHP class to hold the site template, but others have written about similar systems.

Category tags: Community MX, Dreamweaver, ColdFusion

Before posting comments or trackbacks, please read the posting policy.

Full Blog Calendar

Pay me securely with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card through PayPal!
Pay me securely with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card through PayPal!
About | Privacy Policy | Contact | License Agreement | ©2002-2024 Tom Muck | Dreamweaver Extensions