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hello, i'm a newbie here and i'm also very new to asp.as i was in asp.net before.i have a question and hope anyone here could advice me. hope i was in the right place.

i have to make changes to this old asp website. they use header and footer for design/style the website. they also create a layout one by one in every web pages they have for displaying a dynamic content. also they have their own css folder for styling and formatting the design.

1.since i have very limited knowledge on asp, i would like to ask everyone here how can i change this website's theme/design/style to make it look like brand new website?

2.also, if we decide to buy a theme template, it is possible to apply theme to asp website? since usually theme like that they came with ready made design in just a single page. do i have to separate the design in header or footer too to apply them to this old website?

3.in asp.net we use master page as main template/design. can we do like that too in classic asp?

4.i also being asked, which way is the fastest way to make changes for theme for this old web site. could anyone with experience doing this advice me on this too?

please advice me and many many thanks for reply and helping :)
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Using a header and footer for design layout is very normal. A very good practice that allows you to update one page to change every page that includes the file. This is a very basic good design practice. NOTE - I always have everything from the opening html tag, all the head (therefore all the included CSS and JS files) and body tags and usually all the outer div tags (or tables if its using tables) in my header file. The only content in the actual page is to place the content and any content/page specific code needed. The in my footer I will have the closing outer div or table tags, closing body/html tags

;;;they also create a layout one by one in every web pages they have for displaying a dynamic content.
I don't understand what you are saying here. The header and footer should be included in every page. This is where the design should live. The page contents should be just the content. Sometimes this content may have some design but this is content/page specific.

;;;how can i change this website's theme/design/style to make it look like brand new website?
You either have front end design skills or you don't. It looks like you dont or you would know the answer to this question. The answer is you write the HTML/CSS/jQuery to create the design. You may have to engage a front end developer to build this or use a library e.g. Bootstrap. This is a CSS framework which can provide you an easy way to create a responsive modern design . Google this.

;;;if we decide to buy a theme template, it is possible to apply theme to asp website?
No not that I am aware of, or not in the same way you do with popular CMS solutions such as WordPress. If you are unable to create a design Perhaps you should look at re-fitting your content into a CMS such as WordPress?

;;;in asp.net we use master page as main template/design. can we do like that too in classic asp
The combination of your header, footer, CSS and .js is the equivalent.

;;;which way is the fastest way to make changes for theme for this old web site
IMO you have two options:

1.. engage a front end specialist to code you the new look and feel. Insist that its responsive!!! Test it across you target browsers and then use the existing back end code.

2.. move to a CMS like WordPress. Choose a theme that fits the sites purpose and then work on re-fitting the content
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hi there mat41, thank you so much for fast reply. you give me alot of idea now. it's really helpful
and yes as you said, i don't have much skill in front end design. i was working with backend codes before and never involved in any designing.thats why i don't have much knowledge on how to changing it.

if you may, i have some question to ask you

"2.. move to a CMS like WordPress. "
about move to cms like wordpress..do this will involved the backend code as well? i mean does it support classic asp?v

thank you so much for helping me.
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You are welcome. No wordPress would mean PHP. This is a complete rebuild and is one option if you have no front end skills. Its a very skillful task to build a responsive site, this is the main objective in today's designs. Your site must respond to different deceives. One site for phone, tablet and desktop. This is what a solution like wordPress gives you.

Research Bootstrap, its a front end framework. This will allow you to have a new front end built and will work with your current .asp - Its independent of the back-end technology.

The correct solution depends if this is just a simple website or is it a complex business system. The later probably requires a custom build, the former will allow you to 're-fit' the site into a new framework/platform
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