Terribly confused....can't seem to add a hyperlink?

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  1. maxsideburn

    maxsideburn New Member

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    Ok, found this little flash template and am trying to make a website for my company.

    The problem is that you fill in the information with XML files.....and I know nothing of XML. I'm able to change text and I've figured out how to add new menu items, etc... But I'm still having some trouble.

    The file is linked http://www.mediafire.com/?xa1tw5353ro60bs
    it's a zip of the site

    1. Is there ANY way I can embed Vimeo clips in the gallery section? I tried to no avail. Some of the gallery pages will be Photos, but some need to be videos.

    2. If there is no way to embed Vimeo clips...how on earth do I turn one of the gallery buttons into a hyperlink to simply link to my vimeo account page? I have tried for HOURS and cannot figure out how to make a simple hyperlink, it's blowing my mind!

    3. When I try to test the "Contact Me" page it says error....once I upload the site, how will I get it to work so that when someone clicks "Submit" it actually send me an email?


    Sorry for all of the dumb questions, I'm pretty familiar with making simple HTML websites, but this XML stuff completely confuses me.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. CaldwellYSR

    CaldwellYSR Member

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    Well I don't know anything about flash but hyperlinks are <a> tags. So if you're hyperlinking an image to vimeo it would be

    <a href="www.vimeo.com"><img src="path-to-image.jpg" /></a>

    the a makes it a hyperlink and the href tells it where to take the hyperlink when you click it.
     
  3. ronaldroe

    ronaldroe Super Moderator Staff Member

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    XML is actually very similar to HTML in the way it is written. Check out the XML section at w3schools. It'll only take like 20 minutes to learn it.

    Everyone here would love to help you out, but not one person is going to download some random zip file from someone they don't know. Find another way to post the information, and we can take a look.
     
  4. maxsideburn

    maxsideburn New Member

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    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
    <data>
    <!-- Все ссылки должны быть относительно preloader.swf -->
    <global bg="images/bg1.jpg" logo="images/logo.png">
    <title>Full Spectrum Multimedia</title>
    <slogan>Your memories, in motion.</slogan>
    <copyright>Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved by Full Spectrum Multimedia</copyright>
    </global>

    <graphicslib theme="theme5.swf" />

    <playlist src="options/playlist.xml" />
    <!-- добавили новый параметр, стартовая страница, это путь по параметрам deeplink-а -->
    <menu startPage="homepage">
    <!--
    <item name="About" deeplink="about" type="page" content="text_1" location="options/text1.xml" visible="1" />
    name - имя пункта меню
    deeplink - уникальныя ссылка для работы кнопок вперед/назад в браузере, не думаю что
    их стоит позволить редактировать самому пользователю, хотя...
    type - пока всего 3 типа (page, menu, link) - думаю это прозрачно
    content - актуален лишь для type='page' и тут главная проблема, надо придумать уникальные
    имена для всех видов страниц, чтобы не мучаться сделаем точно такие как
    и у *.psd файлов, только без _page.psd, т.е. cform, cform2, gallery, gallery2, news,
    txt, txt2, txt2a (loader это для меня :) )
    location - актуально для page и для link.
    visible - по правде сказать не знаю зачем, но Андрей это написал и значит у него есть на это планы

    меню может быть двух уровневый
    -->
    <item name="HOME PAGE" deeplink="homepage" type="page" content="txt1" location="options/text1.xml" visible="1" />
    <item name="ABOUT US" deeplink="about" type="menu" content="" location="" visible="1">
    <item name="WHAT WE DO?" deeplink="whatwedo" type="page" content="txt2" location="options/text1.xml" visible="1" />
    <item name="WHO WE ARE" deeplink="exhibition" type="page" content="txt2a" location="options/text1.xml" visible="1" />
    <item name="FAQ" deeplink="awards" type="page" content="txt1" location="options/text2.xml" visible="1" />
    </item>
    <item name="NEWS" deeplink="news" type="page" content="news" location="options/news.xml" visible="1" />
    <item name="GALLERY" deeplink="gallery" type="menu" content="" location="" visible="1">
    <item name="WEDDING PHOTO" deeplink="objects" type="page" content="gallery" location="options/gallery3.xml" visible="1" />
    <item name="WEDDING VIDEO" deeplink="people" type="page" content="gallery2" location="options/gallery2.xml" visible="1" />
    <item name="DANCE PHOTO" deeplink="nature" type="page" content="gallery" location="options/gallery1.xml" visible="1" />
    </item>

    <item name="CONTACT US" deeplink="contact" type="menu" content="news" location="options/news.xml" visible="1">
    <item name="ASK A QUESTION" deeplink="contact1" type="page" content="cform" location="options/contact.xml" visible="1" />
    <item name="FACEBOOK" deeplink="contact2" type="page" content="cform2" location="options/contact.xml" visible="1" />
    </item>
    <item name="BOOKING" deeplink="about" type="menu" content="" location="" visible="1">
    <item name="RATES" deeplink="whatwedo" type="page" content="txt2" location="options/text1.xml" visible="1" />
    <item name="CALENDAR" deeplink="exhibition" type="page" content="txt2a" location="options/text1.xml" visible="1" />
    <item name="BOOK DATE" deeplink="awards" type="page" content="txt1" location="options/text2.xml" visible="1" />
    </item>
    </menu>
    </data>

    The section that is in red is the menu item that I want to be a link to a new page instead. I would rather just embed the Vimeo videos straight into the site.....but a lot of searching has yielded absolutely no way to do that.


    I guess I've spent too much time in Linux-Land...I forget that most people are afraid of getting viruses and stuff from random files. I assure you though that there are no executables, it's just the html and xml files for the site. It allows someone to see the template that I'm talking about.

    I can do one better though, I've uploaded it to my server so you guys can take a look at it....doesn't help you see the XML code, but at least you can visualize what I'm talking about.

    The Site
     
  5. maxsideburn

    maxsideburn New Member

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    also just tried adding

    <page><html:a href="vids.html">Video Gallery</html:a></page>

    to one of the pages...and it won't load. the whole site just freezes at the load screen.

    what am I doing wrong??? it cannot be that hard to input a simple friggin hyperlink can it?

    I've been at this for like 4 hours, I can't believe I've spent that long just trying to insert a hyperlink.
     
  6. CaldwellYSR

    CaldwellYSR Member

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    I don't know xml but the html aspect of that should work...
     
  7. ronaldroe

    ronaldroe Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You're using a flash template, for one.
     
  8. maxsideburn

    maxsideburn New Member

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    well...I want a flash site and don't have the time to learn flash or the money to spend on hiring someone to do it. so that leaves me with trying to do this myself.

    I just tried inserting

    <![CDATA[<p>"company"</p><p>Web Site <font color="#99FF00"><a href = "http://www.yahoo.com" target="_blank"><u>Yahoo!

    </u></a></font></p>]]>

    on a page and it works, sorta...it shows the link and even has it underlined, but when I click on it nothing happens. even if I right-click and do "Open in New Window" it does nothing at all (doesn't even open the new window)
     
  9. maxsideburn

    maxsideburn New Member

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    Last edited: Jun 18, 2011
  10. maxsideburn

    maxsideburn New Member

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    any ideas guys?
     
  11. maxsideburn

    maxsideburn New Member

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    I tried all day yesterday and I STILL cannot simply get a hyperlink to show up. I just can't believe this.

    Please guys, I'm sure somebody know's the simple solution to this, but I apparently cannot find it. I've wasted probably 8-10 hours on trying to get a hyperlink into a website. It's actually depressing.
     
  12. d a v e

    d a v e New Member

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    need more info - link to site and reference to text that should be a link
    or failing that, then the code for the site

    what software are you using to make it?
     
  13. maxsideburn

    maxsideburn New Member

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    Here is a link to the site:

    http://www.moreau-island.com/fsmm2/

    and here is a link to the template (zipped up)

    http://www.mediafire.com/?xa1tw5353ro60bs


    I'm trying to make one of the menu items under GALLERY become a link to a regular HTML page that I want to open in a new page. I would rather just embed my Vimeo samples directly into the site...but from what I've read that's pretty much impossible, so if I could at least get a link to open in a new page and have a standard HTML page as my video gallery that would be acceptable.
     
  14. d a v e

    d a v e New Member

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    ah your whole site is in flash - not goign to be easily found by the search engines... have you checked the vimeo site for how to embed/link in flash or otherwise? email their help desk?
     
  15. maxsideburn

    maxsideburn New Member

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    yes I've checked Vimeo and came up with nothing except that it's virtually impossible.

    should I scrap the idea and do only my photo gallery in flash?

    it's just that I see EVERY photographer's website in flash and it's definitely more eye catching. I don't want to be left behind.
     
  16. d a v e

    d a v e New Member

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    it may seem more eye catching but as i understand it it's harder (or sometimes impossible) for google to follow all the content in your site when it's completely flash - there maybe ways of making it more accessible but i have to say that i'm not sure about this.

    it may look pretty but it doesn't help if it's not found. also jquery can do pretty much whatever flash can do

    maybe some one can provide more expertise and the best way forward?
     
  17. maxsideburn

    maxsideburn New Member

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    yeah, you can see my current website here:

    http://www.fsmultimedia.net

    I designed it myself in Photoshop and Dreamweaver, I have no trouble working with HTML based sites, just don't know anything about XML.
     
  18. shovenose

    shovenose Banned

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    I downloaded and scanned the zip file. It's safe.
     
  19. CaldwellYSR

    CaldwellYSR Member

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    Personally, I would stick with html and css. I really don't like flash. Sorry, wish I could help you out.
     
  20. Phreaddee

    Phreaddee Super Moderator Staff Member

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    why?
    give me one good reason...
     

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