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    Hi everyone,

    In dire need of some help, and I'm sure there'd be someone out there who may have an answer to my question.

    I'm currently in a rush in building a website as I have a tight schedule, and therefore delving into the more advanced areas of web design isn't really an option at the moment.
    When it comes to website building/design, I have very limited knowledge. 99% of what I'm doing is based upon reading online tutorials and shoving some Javascript bits and pieces in there, but I've run into a big problem.
    When selecting a a preset page layout when creating a new file, the page "border" is too large.

    Is there a way for me to remove (or reduce) the large border surrounding the content of my website?
    More specifically, is there a way to do this without creating my own layout from scratch?

    It just seems a little too large for my liking and too wasteful.

    Attached is a screenshot of what I'm talking about. This is obviously not my website, but simply a visual prompt of the problem.
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    If this is a table layout, use a percentage instead of a fixed width for your table.

    If your using CSS, then whatever your wrapper div needs to be set at a % as well.

    Fixed width designs incorporate the most common widths to display properly on the most common browser, bu this can be tricky because depending on the target market of your visitors, some may be more likely to be using the newer larger widescreen monitors, so that is always a factor in the design layout.

    Try adjusting the width to say 90%, of course, there are drawbacks to that as well, but for the question posted, this should address the issue.

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    Thanks for the speedy reply!

    I'm actually embarrassed to ask, but how would I go about changing this "wrapper"?
    I have had no previous experience with CSS, and all the talk about it being a better option than a table layout is kinda confusing to say the least.
    I will look through the w3schools basics on CSS in an attempt to get my head around this though...

    If it's not a big hassle, I've also got another big question open for anyone who can help.
    I've decided to start building my website from scratch (not that I'd done much anyway, all work that was done was merely a "test")

    I am wondering, what would be the best way to lay out a page based on the example I've attached?
    It's very basic. The site will be a showcase of my photography that I do for a hobby.
    It's simply a header containing the title of the particular album, with some photos+brief text for each one underneath (and a check box for adding to cart). The nav bar will be fairly simple also, and the footer will contain a line or two of text as well as a scrolling lightbox viewer for the rest of the photos in the album.

    But anyway, the attached image should give a pretty general idea.
    Am I better off starting the layout from scratch, or would I be able to use a pre-made layout from Dreamweaver?
    And finally, what deal of CSS knowledge would be necessary in my case?

    Thanks once again, I appreciate all the help
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philep, post: 227801
    Thanks for the speedy reply!
    g my website from scratch (not that I'd done much anyway, all work that was done was merely a "test")

    I am wondering, what would be the best way to lay out a page based on the example I've attached?
    It's very basic. The site will be a showcase of my photography that I do for a hobby.
    It's simply a header containing the title of the particular album, with some photos+brief text for each one underneath (and a check box for adding to cart)...
    If you're considering implementing a shopping cart, you're going to need much more than simple HTML and a bit of CSS. You'll need PHP and MySQL or some other sort of database to manage your information.

    I would suggest that you look at one of the pre-configured shopping carts available from most webhosts, or perhaps WordPress with an e-commerce plugin. Even then, if you don't know what you're doing, you can run into security issues, but it would be a faster start for you then learning all the languages you'd need to make a site where you can add things to a cart and sell them.
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    Ahh yes, thanks for that.
    I was meaning to get around to all of the cart stuff once I'd finished the rest of the site.

    Payed assistance may be needed for that part! I was hoping for some Paypal integration as opposed to credit cards etc which I guess would be more complex.
    The options you mentioned: are they solutions to credit card payment? Or will Paypal be much easier?

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    I think you need to understand that if you're going to do "all that cart stuff" as you put it, that you need to incorporate that into your design from the beginning. Web sites are made of many parts, and they all have to fit and work together. It's extremely difficult to tack on some functionality that was not planned for in advance.

    You couldn't build a car body and then try to build the motor inside the car without taking apart what you had already built. Likewise don't build a shell site that you'll have to hack apart to add in the "cart stuff".

    PayPal can take care of all your credit card stuff, and can be integrated into any site - but you have to have the foundation there to attach it to.
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    [S]Oh boy.[/S]
    [S]I was under the impression that a tutorial like the one below was fairly straight forward and could be added at the end.[/S]
    [S]http://www.askdavetaylor.com/whats_a...o_my_site.html[/S]

    [S]Then again, I have no real idea what I'm talking about[/S]

    Edit: Disregard that, I didn't read the last part of your reply...
    Adding a cart seems to be out of my range at the moment, so I think I'll have to seek help externally.

    Thank you very much for the help though, much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philep, post: 227851
    Oh boy.
    I was under the impression that a tutorial like the one below was fairly straight forward and could be added at the end.
    http://www.askdavetaylor.com/whats_a...o_my_site.html

    Then again, I have no real idea what I'm talking about
    Well, I went and read the tutorial, and also read the comments below it. Did you realize that was written back in 2005? It's way out of date. I suggest you check out PayPal's site and read what they have to say about integrating payments, maybe that will be of some help to you. At least it will be current.
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