1.5. Viewing Your Site
Your new site has only two pages, but imagine that you've got 20 or 200. At that size , keeping track of all your files is a real challenge. How can you see what's going on?
FrontPage has got you covered. As you've already seen, the program provides different views for individual pages, so you can see and manage what's on your pages effectively. In much the same way, FrontPage's site views let you keep track of your entire site. You get a few different options. Use Folder view to group relevant files together so they'll be easy to find and edit. At a glance, Hyperlinks view assures you that your links lead to the right pages. Click and drag in Navigation view to rearrange the hierarchy or navigation of your site.
The next two sections show you all the different ways FrontPage lets you look at everything from individual pages to your entire site.
1.5.1. Exploring Page Views
You've read about FrontPage's different page views (Section 1.1), but now that you have an actual Web page open in FrontPage, you can see them in action. Your document window has been set to Design view as you've been working. You'll probably spend most of your time there, but check out all your options, like Split view, pictured in Figure 1-8.
Explore some other page views by clicking the buttons on the bottom-left corner of the document window. For details on page view options, flip back to Figure 1-2.
1.5.2. Exploring Site Views
Managing an entire Web site means that you'll be handling lots of information. You've got to keep track of where things are, what files are linked to each other, and who's working on them.
You can handle it all with FrontPage's site view options. Not only do these views show you the details you need, they also give you a handy visual representation of your site. When you tackle abstract matters like site hierarchy and the flow of your hyperlinks, a diagram of page relationships is really helpful. You'll use site views to manage links, files, folders, and tasks .
Usually, you'll have a page active in the document window. Tell FrontPage that you'd like to get the big picture by clicking the Web Site tab at the top of the document window. A view of your site's folders appears in the document window. Also, the view buttons at the bottom-left corner of the document window change. They now reflect the following options to help examine your site:
1.5.3. Previewing Your Site
As you create your Web pages, keep in mind that there are a variety of operating systems and browsers out there, each with its own capabilities and quirks . Creating pages that look the way you want them to in browsers from different companies (and from different eras) is a challenge worthy of a United Nations interpreter.
Get used to the fact that you'll never have complete control over how your pages display in a browser. The browser takes fonts and other settings from a viewer's system, which may differ vastly from those you used to preview your site. Imagine, for example, that you create a beautiful page layout, only to discover that your Aunt Sophie has her old 640 x 480 monitor set to large fonts and your page turns to a jumble on her Windows 95 jalopy.
You probably won't have access to all the species of browsers that are out trawling the Web, but the latest release of FrontPage provides you with some additional preview options that can help. You can use these preview tools to avoid trouble and steer your site safely through most pitfalls.
Note: These preview tools work with whatever browsers are currently on your computer. So download and install as many different browsers as you can, including less common ones like Opera and Firefox. See Chapter 12 for details on getting your browsers to appear on FrontPage's list.
While the page Preview view gives you some idea of how your page will look, you should always preview using an actual Web browser. In fact, you should preview in many browsers, which FrontPage helps you do. Here's how: