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Converting Your Site to GoLive, Part 2by 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.
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,
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.
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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