Dynamic Web Template Interchange Guidelines

Promoting Standards for Ease of Interchangeable DWTs

DWT (Dynamic Web Template) Standards for Microsoft FrontPage 2003 and DreamWeaver MX

Social Integration

General Standards
Editable Regions
DWTIG Consortium
DWTIG Terminology
Building a DWT
File Structure
The ReadMe File
Known Issues
Developer Notes
Social Integration







Virtually all websites in 2017 utilize some form of social media integration. This ranges from the advanced (like collaborative in-line annotations on websites such as Genius and Medium), to the basic like Facebook and Instagram content feeds/share buttons.

Social Integration and DWT Interchange Guidelines

DWTIG was launched in 2003 to standardize the guidelines surrounding a common criticism of Dreamweaver templates - notably, the inability to easily update a template without disturbing other elements of the website in question. Much has changed since then and our team has reconvened to address many of the new issues surrounding Dreamweaver templates almost 15 years on from the drafting of the original guidelines.

What We're Changing

In addition to the 11 original points in the DWTIG General Standards, we've made several pertinent amendments:

  • 12. All DWTIG Compliant DWT packages will seek to preserve the state of any pre-existing social media features within a template, including like boxes, share buttons and feeds from popular platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+.
  • 13. All DWTIG Compliant DWT packages will pay due care and attention to the respective Privacy Policies of these social media sites (see Instagram for reference). The existence of workarounds to bypass user's privacy has been established by Traffikd, but these should not be used to make photo feeds display images whose owner has set them to private.
  • 14. All social media integrations as default within a template should be completed in line with standards set out by the site in question (see Facebook's Developer Guidelines for reference).
  • 15. Be conscious that Dreamweaver is no longer the market-leading tool it once was. Many sites built using Dreamweaver are now significantly aged and may benefit from a complete overhaul rather than a meagre template switch when considering development options.