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Converting Your Site To GoLive

by Deborah Shadovitz
with a tech check by Derry Thompson
08/23/2002

Editor's note: The latest version of Adobe GoLive has generated lots of interest among Web professionals. The trick, of course, for those who want to start using this full-featured Web development environment, is switching over existing Web sites to take advantage of GoLive's content management tools. This article focuses on how to do just that.

Part One: Starting with a site that resides on a local volume

So do you have to wait until you've got a new site to build before you try GoLive?

Naw ... waiting's no fun. Besides, the best test is to start using it on a site you're already working on. GoLive makes it easy to convert your existing site so that you can give it a run.

Note: If you want to feel extra safe, before you begin, you might duplicate or back up the site you're importing. Your site's files won't be damaged or altered, but it may feel more comfortable if you decide to return to your original program. (Not that you'll probably want to ...)

GoLive provides an easy to follow "wizard" to take you through the import process. However, if you simply follow GoLive's wizard, you end up with the various site folders loose on your hard drive. (I never did understand this one bit of logic on the part of the programmers, but haven't succeeded in getting them to change it yet. Instead, I've worked out a better import process that I'll share with you here.)

In This Series:

Converting Your Site to GoLive, Part 2 -- In part one of this series, you learned how to convert your site from a local volume to GoLive. Here, in part two, Deb Shadovitz shows you step by step how to start using GoLive's great management tools with sites already residing on a Web server.

Ready To Do It?

1. Create a new folder in which your newly-converted site will reside. If it's not a folder that will be placed on the Web or actually be part of your live site, you can give it any descriptive name without concern for Web-naming standards. Here, we call it "MyNewSite." (We put it on the desktop, but you'll put it in an appropriate folder.)

2. Locate the folder that contains the files that compose your site: the html pages, gifs, jpgs, pngs, audio files, movie files, style sheets, etc. This folder will become the main folder that holds all of your site's files. I recommend giving this folder a short name. Rename it now. Renaming later is messy.

  • If you're using FrontPage, the default location for the folder you seek to move is in My Documents > My Webs.
  • If you're using DreamWeaver, the folder you seek is the one that houses your html pages and the Assets folder.

A DreamWeaver site's files in place for conversion.


A FrontPage files folder and the folder into which you place it. (You can click on the screen shot below to open a full-size view.)
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3. Choose File > New Site to open the GoLive Site Wizard. In the first dialog, choose Single User or Workgroup, as desired. Then click Next.
(You can click on the screen shot below to open a full-size view.)

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4. In the next dialog, choose Import from Folder. Then click Next.
(You can click on the screen shot below to open a full-size view.)

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