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Importing a Site

You may choose to create a site by importing an existing one. The site can be located either locally or in a folder on a remote FTP or HTTP server. Either way, the process of importing will create a new Site Document and new site-related folders.

For a local import, the root folder of the imported Site becomes the root folder of the new Site. From a remote server, the root folder of the remote Site is downloaded to become the root folder of the new Site. For both options, page links remain the same, and the Site's navigational hierarchy is built from these.

When you import from a remote server, the imported files may be copied to a project folder for the site. However, if you wish a locally imported site to have a project folder, you'll need to create that folder arrangement before you import the site. To do so, create a new folder and name it according to the naming convention for your site. That is, if you plan to name the new site Mysite, name the folder Mysite Folder. Next, copy the folder you plan to import to the umbrella folder. This means you will actually import the copy. Finally, rename the copied folder, if necessary, giving it the name of the new site you are creating.

To import a site from a local folder, complete the following steps:

  1. Choose Import From Folder from within the Site Wizard. This is another of the options on the first screen of the Site Wizard.

    To access the Site Wizard, select File, New Site from the menu, or press (Opt-Cmd-N) [Alt+Ctrl+N] on your keyboard. Establish yourself as either a Single or Workgroup User and choose Import From Folder. Click Next or simply hit Enter/Return on your keyboard to proceed to the next step.

  2. Select the site to import.

    Click the upper Browse button, seen in Figure 3.6, and navigate to the root folder of the desired site (not the project folder, if you have created one).

Figure 3.6 Use this screen to select the existing site files on your computer or network, and also to specify which is the home page. This allows GoLive to build the site hierarchy.

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You could also drag the root folder or home page to the appropriate selection box in the Wizard window to complete steps 3 or 4.

  1. Select a home page.

    Either click the lower Browse button and navigate to the established home page of the site you're importing, or check the box below to create a new generic home page. If you select the first option, the Wizard will alert you with an error if you select a home page that is outside the selected root folder.

  2. Click Next or hit Enter/Return on your keyboard to proceed to the next step.

  3. Choose a location to store your site. Click Browse, as shown in Figure 3.7, navigate within your system until you reach the appropriate folder, and select it.

    You also have an alternate option. You can click the Advanced button to set up URL Character Encoding and Case Sensitivity Checking.

  4. Click Finish. Your new site opens automatically in a Site Window.

    If the Site contains any orphans, broken links, or missing items, error indicators appear in the window to alert you of these problems.

Figure 3.7 This screen lets you specify where GoLive should place the new Site containing the imported material. If you want, it is permissible to use the exact same location as the existing material.

To import a site from a remote server, complete the following steps:

  1. Choose Import From Server from within the Site Wizard.

    To access the Site Wizard, select File, New Site from the menu, or press (Opt-Cmd-N) [Alt+Ctrl+N] on your keyboard. Establish yourself as either a Single or Workgroup User and choose Import From Server. Click Next or simply hit Enter/Return on your keyboard to proceed to the next step.

  2. Select which type of server you'll be accessing. Click Next or simply hit Enter/Return on your keyboard to proceed to the next step.

  3. Enter the appropriate access information.

    For FTP, as shown in Figure 3.8, you'll need to provide valid account information, such as the server address, directory, and your username and password for login.

    For HTTP, you'll need a valid home page URL. Type this information into the spaces provided in the next screen of the wizard, seen in Figure 3.9.

Figure 3.8 Use this screen to enter the location and password, if any, to access your existing site via FTP.

Figure 3.9 Use this screen to enter the location and password, if any, to access your existing site via HTTP.

  1. Click Browse to initiate the server connection for either type of server.

    Navigate to the home page of the site and click OK to select it. Click Import.

  2. Name your site. Type your site name into the space provided.

    The site will share the same name as the folder that contains it. For our example, we'll be creating a site for Rooftop Records, a fictional record shop; therefore our site will be called Rooftop.

→ For more information on file naming conventions and restrictions, see "File Naming" in Chapter 3.

  1. Choose a location to store your site. Click Browse, navigate within your system until you reach the appropriate folder, and select it.

    This will be the umbrella folder if you have created one. You may also choose to create a new folder to contain the new site. For our example, we've chosen to save our imported Rooftop site in a newly created Rooftop folder on the desktop.

  2. Click Finish. Your new site opens automatically in a Site Window.

    If the site contains any orphans, broken links, or missing items, error indicators appear in the window to alert you of these problems.

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