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Learning Lab

Converting Your Site to GoLive, Part 2

by Deborah Shadovitz

Editor's Note: In the first part of this series about using Adobe GoLive 6 to manage your site, Deb Shadovitz showed you how to apply these tools to files residing on a local volume. But most of our sites are already being served on the Internet. What about using GoLive's cool management tools for those? No problem. All you need is the FTP username, password, and of course, this article.

Start with a Site that Resides on an FTP Server

If you've got a site on a server somewhere, you can easily convert it to GoLive and continue to build upon it as a foundation -- all you need is the FTP username and password. The process is the same on Mac or Windows. Since I showed you the last conversion on Windows, I'll use the Mac this time. Here's how.

1. Choose File>New Site to open the GoLive Site Wizard. In the first dialog, choose Single User or Workgroup, as desired. (Here I do Single User.) Then click Next.

2. In the next dialog, choose Import from Server. Then click Next.

3. Next, choose FTP and again, click Next.

4. Provide the log-in information to the server where your site currently resides so GoLive can call to it and pull down the files that comprise your site: the html pages, images, audio files, movies, stylesheets, and so forth.

  • Server: The domain the site's files live on.
  • Directory: The path to your site's files. Any files that reside outside of this folder will not be pulled down, even if linked to from your site.
  • Username: The username that was set up by the site's host.
  • Password: The password that was set up by the site's host.
    Check the Save option if you'd like to store this password. Whether you check Save or not, the rest of the log-in information will be saved with the site and also available under Edit>Servers, making it easy to access that server again. However, if the password's not saved you'll need to enter it each time you connect to that location.

Click the Advanced button if you'd like to set a port number or to use passive mode. The site's host determines the port number. The default port is typically correct. If you're having trouble connecting, try checking or unchecking passive mode.

5. Click the Browse button to locate the page that is, or will be your home page. GoLive connects you to that server for this task, so it may take a moment. After selecting the home page, click OK, of course. Returning to the main Wizard window, click Next to continue, as shown here.

6. Enter a name for the new site's folder. This doesn't have to comply with Web naming standards because it won't be transferred. Choose a short name that will help you identify it later. (Not the silly one I use here.) Keep Create Folder checked so your new site's files will land in one neat folder.

7. In the Open dialog box, navigate to the folder on your hard drive in which you want your site to live. GoLive will be putting its copies of the site's files there.

Optionally, you can set a few advanced options by clicking the Advanced button. Each is explained in the dialog. Shown here, are the defaults. Note that if you're using server-side code, %HH Escaping can mess you up.

Click OK when you've checked your choices.

GoLive now communicates with the server, pulls down the site's files, and builds the folders and files it'll use to manage your site. In a moment you'll see the resulting Site Window. When you do, GoLive is ready for you to continue working on your site.

The FTP information is stored so you're all set to upload changes even after you've made some. Depending on the application you used to create the site prior to this point, and depending on how you coded your JavaScript, Style Sheets, CGI's, and so on, you may need to adjust the code on your pages. GoLive's Inspector, its many ways to view your code, and its JavaScript Editor make it pretty easy for you to review what you've got. My previous article has some FrontPage notes, and the GoLive CD includes more details on the FrontPage file and code issue. You'll find this information inside a folder called Featured Extensions.

Deborah Shadovitz is a Mac user-turned-specialist, who also designs Web sites. Among other things she teaches and writes about GoLive.

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