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I have a mortgage site I built a while back in frontpage. The site is a mess. The site needs to be spruced up. The site consists of a 3 cell table layout. I am looking for a way to be able to easily change the look of the entire site. Any ideas?

In order to add style to the different cells of the site, must I add class attributes? The site is 200 pages so I am looking for a global solution. It would be nice to be able to get the site to validate by the w3.

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The days of being able to get away with DIY commercial websites are long gone. To produce a technically and creatively effective site takes a wide range of professional skills and in-depth knowledge of a whole host of issues. At the risk of causing offence, my sincere advice to you is to invest in the services of a good website designer and spend your time doing what you do best in order to generate the cash to pay for the designer. Failing that, use a good Content Management System but even then you should employ a designer to brand it for you. I'm trying to help you here, not offend you. Smile

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Roytheboy,

I appreciate your post but it is not what I was looking for. I will learn web design. This is the first project of many I have planned.

I know I could pay someone to do it, but at the end of the day I know no one has the same standards and work ethics as I.

The content management system seems like an idea. I guess that would allow the site to be easily updated.

Any more ideas greatly welcomed.

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mortgage-pro-seo wrote:
...at the end of the day I know no one has the same standards and work ethics as I.

Okay - I think I'll resist the temptation to respond to that remark :-#, and will simply wish you good luck with your plans.

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Hi mortgage-pro-seo,

If you want to upgrade your site to the new standards, you'll need to understand the code behind your pages.

Frontpage prevents you to really understand the code of your pages, you can use another html editor. There are a few good ones that are free.

If you want to validate your pages the first thing you need to do is to choose a doctype from http://w3.org.

Then you can start structuring your pages according to your doctype.

Finally for presentation use CSS.

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Thanks for the constructive post capmexbiz.

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...which implies that you think my post to be unconstructive Sad

Go to any decent management consultant, successful CEO or bank manager and they will tell you the same thing. I'm just trying to save your time and their fees.

Look at your existing site objectively and you have to realise that you have little natural design skill (that's a professional opinion, not an insult). Your competition's websites probably look a lot better and I suspect they'll know something about branding which, to be 'up-front' with you, you don't. You have little or no idea about coding, and are even unsure about the most basic principles of CSS.

This is not a weakness; I mean, I know nothing about mortgages so would you advise me to try and handle my own financial arrangements? I could try and learn, but how long would it take me, and will I ever gain enough experience to be able to play the financial markets with an experienced traders' instinct?

Please: for the sake of your business and future income, put your pride to one side and have your site designed by a professional (or a student who might do it for next-to-nothing in order to be able to show some live work). Build your business up (oh, and brand it properly first), and then if you ever get some spare time on your hands, THEN play around with XHTML and CSS, but don't stake the future of your business on the success of your efforts.

One day you'll look back and realise that my advise could not be more constructive. Today, you need to put your pride to one side and start looking at your time and existing skills as the most valuable things you have. Use them wisely. Cool

Failing all of that, allow yourself months or years of spare time and start reading > http://academ.hvcc.edu/~kantopet/site_design/index.php

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Are you a web designer or a mortgage broker?, to think that you can just redesign a site of over 200 pages to CSS based layouts and standards with the scant knowledge that you are demonstrating in various posts around this forum is somewhat insulting to people who are trying to make a living as developers/designers .
By all means treat it as a hobby, something to play around with maybe in time you will become a skillful designer but it takes time believe me.
Roy is offering some solid advise and I don't think it is intended to be offensive or unhelpful in any way.
With regards to Frontpage I recently had a meeting with a prospective client /friend to discuss a redisign of a web site he had set up for his business using a hosting template which was beyond the pale in all respects, I had spent a lot of time explaining why it was no good for the promotion of a business and doing a couple of revised standards pages before this meeting; when we came to talk he went off at a tangent about another project/site he had in mind and proceded to get out a laptop and show the full design he had done in Frontpage. He was completly clueless as to the fact that their was anything more to constructing pages he also asked me to check out a guy running a design site which turned out to be a flash frontend that took 2 minutes 50 seconds to load! then only loaded the shockwave upgrade link curtly informing me that I didn't have the correct version to view the pages with(I don't allow activeX to run anyway) so the site was totally locked out to me all navigation being flash I also couldn't get into half his clients sites either needless to say I quitely distanced myself from any further involvement with the work. .
Moral of the story is this is an area which requires technical and design knowledge these vile, loathfull programes like Frontpage and flash perpetrate the crime of leading people to believe they have these skills when nothing could be further from the truth whilst ensuring the web is still flooded with non compliant garbage code the sooner standards take a real grip the better and hopefully we might see the demise of these diy wysiwyg programes.
Sorry to rant, If you can follow Roy's advise it's good, honest Smile

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Thanks for the support Hugo - I like to help but I don't have time for subtleties!

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