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Managing multiple sites

From: Dreamweaver CS6 Essential Training

Video: Managing multiple sites

Things change and it's not uncommon to need to add or modify the information of a site as you work on it. It's also not uncommon to have your files panel crowded with the older sites that are archived or no longer current projects. To deal with these types of situations, you'll need to understand a little bit about site management in Dreamweaver. Managing your sites in Dreamweaver is extremely easy and all the information is right there at your fingertips. We're going to examine a few ways to access a Site Management dialog box, take a look at its capabilities, and then talk about what you need to do when editing sites.

Managing multiple sites

Things change and it's not uncommon to need to add or modify the information of a site as you work on it. It's also not uncommon to have your files panel crowded with the older sites that are archived or no longer current projects. To deal with these types of situations, you'll need to understand a little bit about site management in Dreamweaver. Managing your sites in Dreamweaver is extremely easy and all the information is right there at your fingertips. We're going to examine a few ways to access a Site Management dialog box, take a look at its capabilities, and then talk about what you need to do when editing sites.

So over here in my Files panel, if I grab the pull-down menu, I can see that I only have one site defined, otherwise I'm allowed to go out to my desktop and browse for certain things in files and folders or I can manage sites but for the most part, when I'm working on this site, I want to stay within this directory. Now if you've defined a lot of sites, you are obviously able, in that pull-down menu, to choose whichever site you want to currently work on. So if you have a number of running projects, you can go and work on the one that you want. However, sometimes they can get a little cluttered and sometimes you want to remove site definitions for projects that are no longer current projects or projects that you've archived.

So at any point, you can go right down here to the pull-down menu and you can choose Manage Sites or you can go up to dialog box up here and choose Site>Manage Sites. There're actually a few places for you to look at it but those are the two that you're probably getting used most frequently. So this is going to show you a dialog box where you have a list of all the sites that you have defined. Again, I only have one site here defined for this project. So it's not like I have a whole lot to manage. However, if wanted to change one of those sites, it's very easy to do. I can select the site and then from this little list of icons down here, I can either delete the current site, so if you've archived a site it's no longer in your hard drive and it's just sort of taking a face in Dreamweaver.

It's a matter of fact. Well, a lot of times Dreamweaver will actually tell you, hey, the local root folder for site so-and-so doesn't exist anymore. What you want me to do about that? So basically, it's prompting you to go back and redefine it and point to where that site actually is now. In that case, it's a lot easier and a lot less annoying for you to just go ahead and delete the site. If you ever delete a site that you didn't mean to, you have to redefine it all over again. So be very careful about that process. Now we also have the ability to edit a current site which we're going to see in just a moment. We can duplicate a site.

So if you have multiple sites that share files and folders, you can duplicate them, rename the site, or even point it to a different directory. The best reason to do this because a lot of people will ask me, why would you ever want to duplicate a site? Well, let's say that you have three sites that you're going to use the same remote and server information, testing server information, maybe any of the other options that you have setup. This can be a little bit of a pain to go through and set up. So you can duplicate the site and then go into it and point it to a new local folder and change some of the information that changes and basically, you're doing a little less work, other than that, I don't know.

Well, the next thing that you can do is you can export the currently selected site. So if you're going to be working on multiple machines maybe you've got a site definition at home and then at work you have another site that you need to work on, you can export that out, save the file and go home, load up the site definition and everything's just going to go ahead and populate. You can then go out to the remote server, grab everything and start working so or you can send it to a colleague, so that again they have the remote server information, they can download the site, and they can begin working on it locally. Now just below that, we have a couple of options as well.

We can import a site so again if you've exported that, here's the option that you'd use to import it. We can import a Business Catalyst site. Now Business Catalyst is another service from Adobe. Business Catalyst is sort of a turnkey, site building, hosting platform where you can host your site or your clients' sites. There is a lot of functionality sort of baked in to Business Catalyst that makes it easier to rapidly develop sites. And maybe, if you're not a Web developer or programmer, for example, maybe add some functionality to your site that you wouldn't be able to do on your own. So Business Catalyst is something cool you might want to take a look at.

But if you have a Business Catalyst site defined elsewhere, you can export that definition and then import it here. We have options to create a brand-new site and we've already gone through that process and we have the option to create a new Business Catalyst site as well. So again, if you're interested in Business Catalyst, you can create a new Business Catalyst site right from there. Any time I want to edit a site, I can just grab that and click the Pencil icon and it's going to bring up the dialog box that we're already pretty familiar with. So this is the same process, it's going over to the Files panel and double-clicking on the name of the site; exact same process. So there's no benefit gain from doing it here, as a matter of fact, doing it from the Manage Site dialog box is a little slower.

All right, so I'm not going to make any changes, I'm just going to hit Cancel and then I'm going to select Done. Now the chances are you won't need to do a whole lot of work managing your sites, but knowing that Dreamweaver makes any changes that you need to make through your site definitions quick and easy allows you not to worry so much about updating your site, but more concentrate instead on creating the actual content for it.

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  1. 1m 4s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      1m 4s
  2. 5m 44s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 17s
    3. Learning web design
      2m 23s
  3. 1h 0m
    1. Looking at the Welcome screen
      5m 9s
    2. Exploring Windows and Mac interface differences
      5m 6s
    3. Arranging panels
      8m 44s
    4. Managing workspaces
      10m 14s
    5. Exploring the Application toolbar
      6m 21s
    6. Exploring the Document toolbar
      8m 47s
    7. Working with the Property inspector
      9m 30s
    8. Using the Insert panel
      6m 30s
  4. 53m 3s
    1. Understanding basic site structure
      3m 46s
    2. Exploring file naming conventions
      2m 10s
    3. Defining a new site
      5m 23s
    4. Managing files and folders
      7m 57s
    5. Adding remote servers
      7m 4s
    6. Uploading files
      12m 46s
    7. Previewing in browsers
      9m 11s
    8. Managing multiple sites
      4m 46s
  5. 36m 41s
    1. Creating new documents
      6m 49s
    2. Setting up new document preferences
      5m 30s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      6m 49s
    4. Working with starter pages
      4m 32s
    5. Managing starter pages
      13m 1s
  6. 37m 23s
    1. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      8m 43s
    2. Importing Word documents
      4m 6s
    3. Adding structure to text
      7m 35s
    4. Creating lists
      4m 35s
    5. Creating definition lists
      4m 0s
    6. Using the Quick Tag Editor
      8m 24s
  7. 44m 41s
    1. Exploring the Code toolbar
      5m 41s
    2. Setting code preferences
      7m 19s
    3. Using code hints
      8m 8s
    4. Wrapping tags
      5m 7s
    5. Adding comments
      6m 29s
    6. Using snippets
      7m 32s
    7. Formatting source code
      4m 25s
  8. 1h 19m
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      9m 32s
    2. An overview of the CSS Styles panel
      9m 23s
    3. Creating a new CSS rule
      6m 42s
    4. Using the CSS Rule Definition dialog
      7m 25s
    5. Organizing styles
      7m 22s
    6. Modifying style properties
      6m 17s
    7. Controlling CSS through the Property inspector
      6m 37s
    8. Attaching external style sheets
      5m 54s
    9. Using CSS visual aids
      7m 3s
    10. Using CSS Inspect
      6m 48s
    11. Using the Code Navigator
      6m 39s
  9. 1h 11m
    1. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      7m 30s
    2. Setting external image editing preferences
      4m 26s
    3. Placing images on the page
      10m 12s
    4. Exploring Photoshop integration
      7m 17s
    5. Modifying Smart Objects
      9m 42s
    6. Modifying image properties
      8m 4s
    7. Styling images with CSS
      6m 45s
    8. Using background graphics
      7m 28s
    9. Positioning background graphics
      10m 10s
  10. 36m 23s
    1. Link basics
      3m 17s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 19s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      9m 17s
    4. Using absolute links
      3m 43s
    5. Using named anchors
      6m 41s
    6. Creating an email link
      5m 25s
    7. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      5m 41s
  11. 44m 30s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      5m 20s
    2. Importing tabular data
      6m 46s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      6m 11s
    4. Exploring basic table styling
      9m 42s
    5. Styling alternate rows
      8m 57s
    6. Creating custom table borders
      7m 34s
  12. 59m 15s
    1. Understanding how forms work
      2m 45s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 44s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      5m 16s
    4. Setting form properties
      2m 39s
    5. Using the fieldset and legend tags
      2m 52s
    6. Inserting text fields
      6m 56s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      7m 54s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      4m 14s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      3m 52s
    10. Inserting submit buttons
      2m 25s
    11. Exploring basic form styling
      8m 2s
    12. Exploring form element styling
      8m 36s
  13. 33m 25s
    1. Adding CSS3 transitions
      8m 29s
    2. Spry overview
      2m 44s
    3. Using Spry widgets
      3m 57s
    4. Adding Spry effects
      8m 1s
    5. Using the Widget Browser
      7m 4s
    6. Extending Dreamweaver
      3m 10s
  14. 1m 2s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 2s

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