designing anew for Frontier
dan at planetmitchell.com
Fri Jan 14 10:58:15 PST 2005
On Jan 14, 2005, at 9:58 AM, Melinda Swenson wrote:
> A potential client for a website redesign uses
> Frontier. I do not own the program and don't know how
> to design for it. My questions are:
> How much design and layout flexibility do I have with
You actually have tremendous flexibility. I think you can have the same
flexibility you would have with other tools.
The difference is in the way you interact with Frontier (or, more
accurately, Manila). In "traditional" web design you may well have
regarded each page as a separate complete entity. In Frontier/Manila,
if you choose to do sophisticated site design, will find that the
interaction does not take place on "the page" - much of it takes place
in the Prefs screens, in particular the Advanced prefs where you can
design everything about your site.
> Is it possible to design the site in HTML and somehow
> implement the design in Frontier?
There are a few approaches to this and I'm not directly familiar with
all of them. You could create your designs in html using, say, a text
editor. Then you could "transplant" parts of the design into a Manila
template (or "theme" in Manila-speak).
I think there may also be some tools that let you design in, for
example, Dreamweaver (or similar) and have this directly imported into
Manila sites. Sorry - I've read about this by don't do it myself.
My approach is to go in and directly edit html and css in the Prefs
screens, sometimes copying and pasting between Manila and a text
> What is the learning curve for developing a site in
Basic sites are really easy.
Understanding the underlying concept of Manila may take a bit longer
but doesn't seem that hard to me.
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