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Running site-wide reports

From: Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training

Video: Running site-wide reports

A less glamorous, often overlooked aspect of web design is the simple day to day maintenance that you need to do to keep your sites running smoothly. Little errors that you make in the process of creating your site can become large errors if they're left unattended as those tend to compound in document after document after document. To keep your site running smoothly, Dreamweaver has a full set of site management tools that let you monitor your site all the way through the development process. In this chapter, we will focus on Dreamweaver's site management tools.

Running site-wide reports

A less glamorous, often overlooked aspect of web design is the simple day to day maintenance that you need to do to keep your sites running smoothly. Little errors that you make in the process of creating your site can become large errors if they're left unattended as those tend to compound in document after document after document. To keep your site running smoothly, Dreamweaver has a full set of site management tools that let you monitor your site all the way through the development process. In this chapter, we will focus on Dreamweaver's site management tools.

We will cover how to run reports, check links, make sure your CSS is solid, and cover adding remote servers and uploading your site to a live server. One of the things you should do throughout the development process and certainly before uploading your site is to check for errors. Dreamweaver allows you to run site wide reports that can catch and help you fix a number of different problems. To run a site report, you don't need have any files open at all, you just need the Results panel group, which can be found under Window > Results and we're looking for Site Reports.

Now, as you can see, I already have the Site Reports panel as part of my workspace. But if you didn't, it would open up probably as a floating panel group. I like keeping it as part of my workspace because when I need to see more information, I can just grab this dividing line right here and move it up, regardless if I have any files open or not. So what do site reports allow us to do? Well, if you'll notice, there's a little green arrow in the upper left-hand corner over here on the Site Reports panel. I am going to go ahead and click on that so that we can see the option of the reports that we can run.

Now, in the Reports dialog box, the first thing it's going to ask is do you want to run a report on the entire current local site? Do you want to just any current document that you might have open, selected files in site, which would allow us to select individual files, or a folder, which would allow us to look at a subdirectory within our site structure. Now, I am going to say entire current local site and this is as good a time as any to let you know that I've defined the 16_01 folder as my site.

So for this particular exercise, if you haven't already, go ahead and define 16_01 as the root directory of this site. Okay. So for my reports, I can choose to do a workflow based report or an HTML report or combine the two. The Workflow report would allow me to see files that were checked out by a certain team members, any design notes that have been added or any recently modified files. Those options allow me to see who is working on what, which files have been recently modified, that sort of thing. Now, for this exercise we're more interested in the HTML reports.

Some of these are old and you really shouldn't have to worry about them like Combinable Nested Font Tags. Hopefully, you're still not using font tags in your site design, but if you are hey, you can check for them. Now, I want to turn your attention to two options here that are quite common problems in a lot of websites and can really make your life miserable if you don't pick up on an early. One would be Missing Alt Text. I am going to check that. And the other one would be Untitled Documents. I am going to check that. Those are two pretty common errors. Maybe when you place an image on the page and you just forgot to write an alt tag for it or maybe you swapped an image out for another one, deleted the alt text and never went back in and filled it back in again.

It happens, but that's definitely not something you want to have in your site. Same thing with untitled documents. It is so easy to create a new file, design the page, get it looking the way you want, test it, preview it everything looks great and then you move on to the next one, but you forgot that one little step of actually titling the document. So it does happen. So now, I am going to run a report that's going to check my entire current local site for any images that are missing alt tags and any documents are missing a title. I am going to go ahead and run my report.

And sure enough I see two results. One is the tours.htm, which is missing an alt attribute, and the other one is a document in the Tours section that's missing a document title. So I am going to fix have to both of those. Now, what's nice about this is we get a list and we can save that list as a text file. So if you're working with a team and you run a report and you find a lot of errors, you can save that and print it out or mail it to people and say hey these are some things that you need work on. Now, for our report these are pretty easy fixes to make and we only have two documents.

So we are going to dive in and do them ourselves. Another thing that I really like the Site Report dialog box gives you is a line where that error can be found. So you can jump right in the code or right to that item and fix it. In fact, if you double click that number, Dreamweaver is going to open the file up and jump right to that spot. I can see by looking in Design View and maybe I want to expand that a little bit that the missing alt tag is on this image right here. The Kids California logo. So I'm just going to switch over to the Properties Inspector, and it is indeed missing an alt tag, and I am just going to type Kids California, hit Return.

Then when I go back to my Site Reports, I can move on. Now unfortunately, when you fix an error, it doesn't remove it from the Site Reports. So you just kind have to move in order and remember what you fixed. I am going to go down my next document that is missing a document title. Double click that line. It's going to open up that document and again it takes me right to that spot in the code. I can see the Design View on this side, plus I get the option of titling it here. So this is my bigsur detail page. So I am just going to type in Big Sur Retreat as the document title.

Hit Return and save my file. As a matter of fact, I am just going to do a Save All and then I am going to close those files. Now again, those don't go away, but you can certainly run that report again. It's fairly easy to do. I can run it site-wide and now when I run it, I notice that I don't have any errors. So everything that was wrong in my site has now been fixed. Thankfully, I only had two problems. So it really didn't take me that long and that leads me to my next point. I would recommend running these reports on your site throughout the development process.

It's a lot easier to fix these errors if they are caught early on. The last thing you need the day before the site launch is to stay up all night fixing the errors that you've waited until now to find. Site reports are only one way to make sure the pages in your site are in working order. In our next movie, we are going to explore how to check and make sure that all the links in your site are working properly and how to fix them if they're not.

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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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