The first step in creating a template requires building a basic Web page and telling Dreamweaver you'd like to use it as a template. You can go about this in two ways: build a Web page and turn it into a template, or create a blank, empty template file and add text, graphics, tables, and other content to it.
The easiest way to create a template is simply to base it on a Web page in your current site folder. Although you can create templates based on Web pages that aren't part of the current local site, you may run into problems with links and paths to images, as described in a moment.
Once you've opened the Web page, just choose File → Save As Template or, on the Common tab of the Insert bar (see Figure 17-2), click the Templates button and then select Make Template from the menu. In the Save As Template window (Figure 17-3), the name of the current local site appears in the Site pop-up menu; meanwhile, all templates for that site show up in the Existing Templates field.
Figure 17-2. The Templates menu on the Common tab of the Insert bar provides access to tools for creating templates and setting up a variety of Dreamweaver template features.
At this point, you could theoretically use the Site menu to save a template into any local site folder you've defined (see Chapter 13 for a discussion of local sites), but be careful with ...