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Discover how to build web sites, prototypes, and more in this course on Adobe Dreamweaver CS6. Author James Williamson shows designers how to take control of their site by properly naming and structuring files and folders; how to create new documents and web pages from scratch or with starter pages; and how to add content such as text, images, tables, and links. James also provides a background on the languages that power projects built in Dreamweaver—HTML and CSS—and introduces the programming features in the application, for developers who want to dig right into the code. The last chapter shows how to finesse your project with interactive content such as CSS3 transitions and Spry widgets.
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 It's also not uncommon to have your files panel crowded with the older sites that are archived or no longer current projects.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sometimes they can get a little cluttered and sometimes you want to remove site definitions for projects that are no longer current projects or projects that you've archived.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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