I could use a little help getting started with a custom template and theme for a new site. I've got all the tools I could possibly need, I'm editing on a Mac so I can (ideally) use a tool like Dreamweaver to edit CSS and test styles, I can hand code and edit right on the server with Coda or TextWrangler, or even via a secure shell in a basic Unix terminal text editor. But I am stuck on a couple of most basic issues. I've been fiddling for 2 weeks and getting nowhere. The docs are relatively impenetrable.
Now the goal here is to create a basic website with only a few main pages, mostly stripped down of all the MT widgets. I'll only be using it as a CMS to edit and lay out a few basic pages. I'm using the Professional Blue theme. Then I need to create two blogs with a visually unified theme, although it will need different templates since it will need the full MT gadgetry.
The docs suggest linking to an external file if you want to edit templates. I'm not quite sure how this is structured. I want to modify the Professional Blue template, there are several professional-blue folders that contain various .css files. I am trying to find the correct folder (or folders) to just duplicate, and then link to those files in the Design>Manage Website Templates area.
I have made some hand coded changes to the Stylesheet under the Manage Website Templates. It starts with the Stylecatcher theme addition. It appears I should be editing a duplicate those .css files which would then be linked to that duplicate file. This all ends up on the site root styles.css and I am not quite sure how it's being generated. I keep editing the stylesheet in the MT editor and the changes just do not appear on the site. Most of the css properties in this stylesheet aren't documented, I think my local edits are being overridden by globals, which I can't seem to track down.
I could use a little basic direction on what is going on here. I am not sure what I am editing, how I am supposed to link to the external file and modify it directly, then have it automatically update upon rebuild. Can anyone give me a little perspective on this situation? It could help me immensely.
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