Join Sue Jenkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Managing sites to harness the power of Dreamweaver, part of Productivity Tips for Web Designers.
- Hello friends. This is Sue Jenkins with Productivity Tips for Web Designers. In this week's lesson, you'll discover how fast and easy it is to manage a site, and learn about why the simple task is essential to developing websites in Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver is the number one web editor used by professionals around the world. Its popularity has a lot to do with the ease in which the program supports designers in the site development process. To best take advantage of Dreamweaver's site management services, it's vital to manage a site for each project you work on.
When you manage a site, you're tapping in to all the cool things that Dreamweaver can do for you, like writing accurate HTML and CSS, validating your code, saving your files to the right directory, and performing site-wide find and replace tasks. If you don't manage a site, you run the risk of having broken links, missing images, and a badly organized site. You also certainly won't be maximizing your productivity. For these, and many other reasons you should always perform the simple task of managing a site for each new project before you start working.
Those should be saved in a separate location. To help you keep your various project files ordered, It's really good to develop a system of organization. For example, I always use the same organization system for each of my design customers. I start by saving all of my customer work inside a master folder called, Customers. Inside this folder, I create a new folder for each customer, like Client X, or Client Y. Then inside each customer file, I have additional folders for specific items, like Contracts, Invoices, Design Files, Project Info, and a Web Site.
This way, when I'm ready to manage a site for a new web project, I simply tell Dreamweaver to use that client's Web Site folder. Managing a site in Dreamweaver is simple, requiring only a few moments to implement. Let's manage a site together. Start by creating a blank folder on your desktop, called My Site. For grins, let's also add a folder inside this file, called Images. So we can see that this folder has content after we manage the site.
Now let's return to Dreamweaver. Start by selecting Site, New Site. When the site Set Up Dialog box opens give your site a name. Well we just called that folder My Site, so we'll put in, My Site, in the Site Name field. Then click the folder to the right of the Local Site folder, and navigate to the folder you just created on your desktop. You'll select the folder. Click Select Folder, and we're done.
Now click, Save. That's how you manage a site. The best way to see at a glance whether you're in a managed site or not, is to look at what's displaying in the menu at the top of the file's panel. If you see the Desktop Computer and Network icons, you're not in a manged site. However, if you see the contents of your managed site folder and nothing else, you're in business. As an added benefit to managing sites, Dreamweaver remembers all managed site settings, unless or until you edit or delete them.
You can easily toggle between several managed site projects through the drop down menu at the top of the file's panel. If you ever need to edit or remove a managed site, select Site, Manage Sites to open the Manage sites dialog box. Keep in mind that if you work on a shared computer or a computer on a shared network where computer settings are erased at the end of the day, you may need to manage a site each time you begin working.
However, if you're the only user on your computer you'll only need to manage each project once. One quick final word of advice about managing sites. Never, never, never manage a site to a folder on a flash drive. Using a flash drive is a bad idea because they often don't have enough memory to store your site data while you're editing files. And when a flash drive gets overloaded it can crash and burn, causing you to lose all of your work. So for best results, manage a site to a folder on your local computer's hard drive so you can take full advantage of Dreamweaver's site management services.
Since managing a site gives you access to all Dreamweaver's power tools, like writing accurate HTML, and CSS, validating code, saving your files, and performing site-wide tasks, make sure you harness all Dreamweaver's capabilities by managing a site for all your web projects.
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