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Managing sites

From: Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training

Video: Managing sites

If there is one constant in this world, it's that things change. 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 It's also not uncommon to have your Files panel crowded with older sites that are archived or no longer current projects. To deal with these types of situations, you'll need to understand a little about site management in Dreamweaver. Managing your sites in Dreamweaver is extremely easy, and all the information is right there at your finger tips. We are going to examine a few ways to access the Site Management dialog box, take a look at its capabilities and then talk about what we can do when we edit our sites.

Managing sites

If there is one constant in this world, it's that things change. 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 It's also not uncommon to have your Files panel crowded with older sites that are archived or no longer current projects. To deal with these types of situations, you'll need to understand a little about site management in Dreamweaver. Managing your sites in Dreamweaver is extremely easy, and all the information is right there at your finger tips. We are going to examine a few ways to access the Site Management dialog box, take a look at its capabilities and then talk about what we can do when we edit our sites.

To access Site Management, one of the easiest ways is to use the menu. So if I go up to the menu and I got to Site, we'll notice that we have the option to Manage Our Sites. We can also find that in the Application toolbar. So if I go right over to the Application toolbar, grab the pulldown menu, you'll also see Managing Sites there. The Files panel gives us another option. So if we go to our Files panel, grab the pulldown menu, you'll notice that down there, at the very bottom, we have a link for Managing Our Sites. So whichever way you want to access that is fine. It will open up the exact same dialog box. Now when you open up the Manage Sites dialog box, you are going to see a listing of all the sites you have currently defined within Dreamweaver.

At this junction, I don't have a single site, but it's not uncommon to see an entire list of sites there, depending upon exactly what you are working on. Now, we have a lot of options for these sites. Notice that we can create a New site. We can Edit an existing one. We can Duplicate it. We can Remove it entirely. So if its old site, you can archive it, if you are not working on it anymore, you can remove it from your definitions. Then you have these two very interesting options here: Export and Import. If you are moving from one machine to another, this is a really nice way of working. You can Export out your Site definition and then import that site definition.

As long as your root directory remains in the same place, Dreamweaver is going to pull in all that information and keep everything constant. Now, let's say you want to edit a site. I am going to select my Export California site and click the Edit button. Now, this is going to bring the Site Setup dialog box back up again. So this is exact same dialog box that we saw when we defined this site. Now, let's say, at this point, we want to change some information or add some information to it because when we define the site, we really only gave it a name and pointed it to the local root folder. So I am going to click on the Advanced Settings category over here on the left-hand side.

There are a couple of things that we can do here. The first thing, for example, is to define where the Default Images folder is. You want to do that because if Dreamweaver ever has to create some graphics for you based on some widgets that you placed on the page, for example, or some of the other objects that you can place on a page, Dreamweaver now knows where to place those images. So I am just going to click my Browse icon. It will go right into my root directory, and I could find the _images directory. I am going to double-click that, and I'll hit the Select button. Again, on the Mac, that button will say Choose. I can also choose whether I want to make my Links Document or Site Root relative.

We'll talk more about that in the chapter on Links. But right now, I am just going to leave it as document relative. We can also set a Web URL. For our Web site, I am going to type in www.explorecalifornia.org. It's going to be the URL of our Web site when we are finished with it and ready to upload it online. If you don't have that information yet, it's okay to leave that blank. That's just going to help us resolve the absolute links that we might add to our site later on. Now, let's talk briefly about some of the other categories in the Advanced Settings here on the left-hand side.

We have Cloaking, and you can use Cloaking to hide certain file types when you upload your sites, so that your Photoshop files, for example, or your Word documents don't get uploaded to the Web server. We have Design Notes that allows to work in a collaborative environment with other team members. We can pass notes back and forth to each other through our pages. And Below File View Columns, we have Contribute, Templates and Spry. Now, these are fairly proprietary. Contribute, for example, is companion product to Dreamweaver and allows you to edit your site through the Contribute client. This would allow you to manage those settings. It is really only applicable if you are using that product.

We also have options for Templates. We can also tell Dreamweaver exactly where to place any Spry Assets, such as External JavaScript in CSS files necessary for any Spry widgets we add to our site. So yeah, there is a lot of information there. Well, once you are done making your changes, we are just going to click Save, and it's going to re-cache our site. We can click Done, and we are finished with our editing process. Now, if you are looking for a faster way to bring that dialog box back up, you don't have to go through all those menu structures that I showed you earlier.

In fact, you can go right over to your Files panel, find the name of your site and simply double-click it. That's a very quick and easy way to access the Site Setup dialog box. I think, like me, that's probably what you'll do most frequently. I am just going to hit Cancel because we are not going to make any additional edits. Now, chances are you will need to do a lot of work managing your sites, but knowing that Dreamweaver makes any changes you need to make to your site definitions quick and easy allows you not too worry about updating your site and concentrate, instead, on creating your content.

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  1. 2m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
  2. 7m 50s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      3m 16s
    2. Learning web design
      2m 22s
    3. Current web standards
      2m 12s
  3. 43m 9s
    1. The Welcome screen
      4m 5s
    2. Windows and Mac interface differences
      2m 23s
    3. The Application toolbar
      4m 7s
    4. The Document toolbar
      4m 40s
    5. Arranging panels
      8m 19s
    6. Managing workspaces
      7m 32s
    7. The Properties Inspector
      5m 54s
    8. The Insert panel
      6m 9s
  4. 25m 45s
    1. Basic site structure
      3m 11s
    2. File naming conventions
      1m 49s
    3. Defining a new site
      4m 35s
    4. Managing sites
      4m 51s
    5. Managing files and folders
      6m 36s
    6. Working with browsers
      4m 43s
  5. 27m 21s
    1. Creating new documents
      5m 16s
    2. New document preferences
      3m 6s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      4m 56s
    4. Working with starter pages
      3m 46s
    5. Managing starter pages
      10m 17s
  6. 30m 2s
    1. Basic tag structure
      2m 15s
    2. Adding structure to text
      8m 20s
    3. Creating lists
      9m 59s
    4. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      5m 59s
    5. Importing Word documents
      3m 29s
  7. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding style sheets
      2m 16s
    2. The anatomy of a CSS rule
      1m 48s
    3. Setting CSS preferences
      6m 36s
    4. The CSS Styles panel
      10m 2s
    5. Controlling CSS through the Properties Inspector
      5m 14s
    6. Using the Code Navigator
      7m 21s
    7. Using CSS Enable
      6m 45s
    8. Understanding element selectors
      8m 11s
    9. Understanding class selectors
      8m 49s
    10. Understanding ID selectors
      5m 59s
    11. Understanding descendant selectors
      6m 51s
    12. Attaching external style sheets
      7m 44s
  8. 1h 47m
    1. Working with units of measurement
      7m 11s
    2. Declaring font families
      9m 39s
    3. Controlling font sizing
      9m 9s
    4. Controlling weight and style
      8m 0s
    5. Controlling line height
      8m 29s
    6. Controlling vertical spacing with margins
      12m 3s
    7. Controlling spacing with padding
      5m 39s
    8. Aligning text
      8m 26s
    9. Transforming text
      5m 36s
    10. Writing global styles
      15m 42s
    11. Writing targeted styles
      17m 37s
  9. 1h 32m
    1. Understanding image types
      5m 3s
    2. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      12m 51s
    3. Setting image accessibility preferences
      4m 20s
    4. Setting external image editing preferences
      3m 52s
    5. Placing images on the page
      7m 37s
    6. Photoshop integration
      5m 54s
    7. Modifying Smart Objects
      5m 51s
    8. Alternate Photoshop workflows
      8m 8s
    9. Modifying image properties
      11m 14s
    10. Styling images with CSS
      7m 11s
    11. Using background graphics
      9m 3s
    12. Positioning background graphics
      11m 6s
  10. 55m 16s
    1. Link basics
      3m 37s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 14s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      11m 1s
    4. Absolute links
      5m 8s
    5. Using named anchors
      11m 19s
    6. Linking to named anchors in external files
      2m 44s
    7. Creating an email link
      5m 24s
    8. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      13m 49s
  11. 1h 34m
    1. CSS structuring basics
      2m 56s
    2. The Box Model
      13m 21s
    3. Understanding floats
      6m 53s
    4. Clearing and containing floats
      8m 56s
    5. Using relative positioning
      4m 8s
    6. Using absolute positioning
      7m 18s
    7. Creating structure with div tags
      12m 7s
    8. Styling basic structure
      10m 34s
    9. Creating a two-column layout
      10m 37s
    10. Using Live View and CSS Inspect
      7m 51s
    11. Using Browser Lab
      9m 39s
  12. 56m 22s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      7m 41s
    2. Importing tabular data
      5m 13s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      9m 56s
    4. Using thead and tbody tags
      4m 0s
    5. Basic table styling
      8m 45s
    6. Styling table headers
      7m 52s
    7. Styling column groups
      4m 22s
    8. Creating custom table borders
      5m 1s
    9. Styling table captions
      3m 32s
  13. 1h 43m
    1. How forms work
      3m 0s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 2s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      7m 33s
    4. Setting form properties
      4m 6s
    5. The fieldset and legend tags
      4m 32s
    6. Inserting text fields
      5m 58s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      5m 26s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      7m 50s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      6m 22s
    10. Inserting text areas
      4m 12s
    11. Inserting submit buttons
      3m 37s
    12. Basic form styling
      12m 0s
    13. Form element styling
      8m 52s
    14. Styling form layout
      11m 49s
    15. Adding form interactivity
      2m 47s
    16. Using Spry validation widgets
      12m 49s
  14. 1h 23m
    1. Planning for templates
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a new template
      10m 37s
    3. Using editable attributes
      13m 43s
    4. Creating optional regions
      6m 23s
    5. Creating new pages from a template
      9m 17s
    6. Applying templates to existing pages
      6m 9s
    7. Working with nested templates
      7m 56s
    8. Working with repeating regions
      12m 58s
    9. Modifying templates
      5m 41s
  15. 40m 14s
    1. Behaviors overview
      3m 47s
    2. Hiding and showing elements
      9m 18s
    3. Spry overview
      4m 4s
    4. Using Spry widgets
      11m 36s
    5. Adding Spry effects
      3m 6s
    6. Using the Widget Browser
      8m 23s
  16. 28m 18s
    1. Inserting Flash files
      5m 4s
    2. Setting properties for Flash
      6m 27s
    3. Dreamweaver and Flash integration
      6m 6s
    4. Encoding Flash video
      6m 10s
    5. Adding Flash video
      4m 31s
  17. 45m 28s
    1. Running site-wide reports
      6m 33s
    2. Checking for broken links
      5m 41s
    3. Checking for browser compatibility
      8m 3s
    4. Adding remote servers
      8m 0s
    5. Uploading files
      7m 20s
    6. Managing remote sites
      9m 51s
  18. 34s
    1. Goodbye
      34s

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