Dreamweaver makes it easy to design web pages without ever having to look at the HTML code behind the scenes. But even though you don’t have to learn HTML, every once in a while knowing how to work with in Dreamweaver’s Code View can come in handy.
In this tutorial, you’ll find instructions for using Dreamweaver’s Code or Split View features to insert code from other sites into your pages. These instructions can be used to insert Google ads, images from Flickr, videos from YouTube, and more, into your own web pages.
1. Inserting Google Ad Code
We’ll use Google AdSense as the main example in this tutorial but the process is similar for nearly all sites that offer features you can include on your pages. You generally begin by creating an account. In the case of Google AdSense, once you’re approved (most websites are), you simply log in to create the code needed to display Google ads for your pages. Once you’ve added the code, Google delivers ads to your site based on the content on your pages. If your visitors click on those ads, Google pays you a small fee.
2. Choosing Ad Sizes and Colors during Setup Process
As you go through the Google AdSense setup process, you can select from a variety of advertising options, including the size and colors you want for your ads. You can also create Channels to better organize and track ads on different parts of your site.
3. Generating Google Adsense Code
4. Choosing Split View in Dreamweaver to Display Code
Now, open the page where you want to insert your ad code. Click either the Split view or Code view buttons (located in the upper-left corner of the workspace) to display the code behind the page. The advantage of using Split view (shown here) is that you can see Design and Code views at the same time. Tip: Highlight any element in Design view, such as the headline, “Saving and Editing Family Photos,” on this page, and Dreamweaver automatically highlights the corresponding code so that you can find your place more easily.
5. Inserting Google Adsense Code into Your Page
6. Understanding Why You Can’t See Google Ads In Dreamweaver
One of the most confusing aspects of working with Google AdSense in Dreamweaver is that although you can see the code in Code view after you paste it into your page, you won’t see the ads in Design view. The only indicator that you’ve successfully added your Google ads will be a little blank space added to your design.
7. Previewing Page in a Browser to View Ads
To view your ads in your pages, you’ll need to preview the page in a Web browser: Click the Preview button at the top of the workspace or choose File>Preview in Browser. As long as you’re connected to the Internet, the Google ads should automatically appear wherever you added the code to your page. Note: Google ads can take up to 10 minutes to become activated before they’ll display.
You can add the same AdSense code to as many pages in your site as you want. You can create a variety of ads to include in different places in your site by repeating the Google AdSense setup process and choosing different options before generating a new snippet of code. Tip: When you open Dreamweaver to add your code, leave your Web browser open so that you can easily return to Google to make changes or copy the code again, if necessary. You can switch between two programs on your computer by pressing Command-Tab (PC: Alt-Tab).
9. Adding Google Ad Code to a Template
If you use Dreamweaver’s Dynamic Web Templates (a great way to save time and create more consistent designs), you can add Google AdSense code to a template and automatically insert ads into all of the pages created from the template at once. To do so, open the template file, choose Split or Code view, and paste the code into the template file just as you would into any other HTML page. When you save the template, choose the Update option to automatically insert the ads into all corresponding pages.
10. Working with Code From Flickr and Other Sites
Although the first nine steps in this tutorial are specific to Google AdSense, the process of inserting code into a page in Dreamweaver works the same whether you’re using AdSense or any of the myriad other online advertising options, such as www.CommissionJunction.com and www.Linkshare.com. You can also use this process to add widgets or images from sites such as www.Flickr.com.
11. Adding Code that Won’t Display, such as Google Analytics
Some of the code you may want to add from sites like Google won’t appear in your webpages in a browser, making it a little trickier to add. For instance, you can use Google Analytics to track your Web traffic (with better detail than you’ll get from most Web hosts). Just insert code in a way that’s similar to the way you do it with AdSense but because the code won’t be visible on the page, save it somewhere that makes it easy to find, such as just above the body tag at the bottom of your pages.
12. Setting Preferences for How Code Appears in Dreamweaver
If you spend a lot of time working in Code or Split view, you may want to take a minute to adjust the code preferences in Dreamweaver. Choose Dreamweaver>Preferences (PC: Edit>Preferences) and then specify your preferred options in these Categories: Code Coloring, Code Format, and Code Hints. Also note that the Code Rewriting category provides options for how (or if) Dreamweaver will alter any code to your pages.
13. Publishing Pages to a Web Server
Although you should be able to test most third-party code, such as Google AdSense, by previewing your pages on your local computer, remember that your new features won’t become visible on your website until you’ve uploaded the pages to your Web server.
This column was originally published in Layers Magazine