6.1 Site Management Overview

In this chapter we'll cover how to manage a site and the following topics:

  • Setting up a site and its preferences

  • Managing a site's logical structure using a site map (a graphical representation of the site and its links) in the Site Map view of the Site window

  • Managing a site's physical structure using a files list (a directory listing similar to the Windows File Explorer or Macintosh Finder) in the Site Files view of the Site window

  • Using File Check In/Check Out and Design Notes to manage file changes

  • Finding and fixing broken links

  • Uploading your site and synchronizing remote and local files

  • Site-management reports

  • Managing assets with the Assets panel

In the remainder of Part II, we'll discuss document management, including the use of templates, the Library, and stylesheets.

As you work, test your pages and your site's navigation so that problems are spotted early. Use File figs/u2192.gif Preview in Browser (F12) to test your site; the Dreamweaver Document window isn't intended for meaningful testing. See Appendix C for more ideas on planning and testing your site.

6.1.1 Menu and File Browser Caveats

Dreamweaver's site-management operations are performed in the Site window. Although Dreamweaver operates nearly identically on the Macintosh and on Windows, the Site menu commands are an exception; the location of these menu commands varies somewhat across platforms.

In Windows, the Site window has its own menu bar, shown in Figure 6-8, that is separate from the Document window's menu bar. On the Macintosh, a single menu is located at the top of the monitor; the Site window- related commands are under the Site submenu in this menu bar.

In Windows, some commands are duplicated on the menu bars of both the Document and Site windows. Furthermore, right-clicking (Windows) or Ctrl-clicking (Macintosh) in the Site window opens a contextual menu that duplicates the commands available elsewhere. In this chapter, we cite some, but not all, of the ways to access the commands via menus . See Table A-11 and Table A-12 in Appendix A for a complete listing.

You may also encounter some platform differences that affect how folders are chosen , as shown in Figure 6-1.

Figure 6-1. Folder selection dialog boxes on Macintosh and Windows

Macintosh folder selection dialog boxes contain two separate buttons Open and Chooseused to open and select folders. Windows folder selection browser dialog boxes have a single Select button that changes to an Open button when a folder is highlighted. You can also double-click a folder's name to open it. However, if you pause too long between clicks, Windows assumes that you want to rename the folder instead and highlights the folder without opening it. Therefore, the Select button in Figure 6-1 selects the Dreamweaver4 folder (the last folder that was opened) on Windows, not the highlighted folder named MySite . On the Macintosh however, the Choose button selects the currently highlighted folder, such as the MySite folder in Figure 6-1. If you open the MySite folder on the Macintosh, you must navigate back up the directory tree before you can choose it with the Choose button.

Choosing the wrong folder in the folder selection dialog box is very easy. On Windows, always open the folder that you want to choose before clicking the Select button. On the Macintosh, leave the desired folder closed , then highlight it and click Choose (not Open).

Sometimes you'll choose a file but not literally open it, such as when inserting an image or specifying the destination of a hyperlink. Dreamweaver sometimes displays the incorrect button (either Open or Select) in the file browser, but you can safely ignore such inconsistencies. When saving or retrieving files, Dreamweaver doesn't always reopen the file browser to the last-used folder, so check the pathname carefully .

Both Windows and the Macintosh allow you to create a new folder from within a file browser dialog box, as indicated in Figure 6-1. This feature is convenient when you want to save a file in a folder but forgot to create the folder ahead of time.

Never use the Windows File Explorer or Macintosh Finder to rename or move files within your site (Windows even allows you to rename and move files using the file browser dialog box). To avoid breaking links, move and rename files in the Dreamweaver Site window only.

Dreamweaver in a Nutshell
Dreamweaver in a Nutshell
Year: 2005
Pages: 208

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