Everyone knows that planning is the first step in web site development, but many people overlook the need for ongoing management. Without proper maintenance, a complex site can become riddled with broken external links, missing files, and broken CGI scripts.
Thankfully, Dreamweaver offers all the webmaster tools necessary for
deployment and long-term maintenance, such as FTP, link checking, and
file checking. Even better, Dreamweaver’s
tools simplify development and help reduce the likelihood of problems
down the road. Dreamweaver helps you to manage and synchronize both
development version on your personal computer) and the
remote site (the version on a web server that
gets published on the Internet).
In this chapter we’ll cover how to manage a site and the following topics:
Setting up a site and its preferences
Managing a site’s logical structure using a
graphical representation of the site and its links) in the Site Map
view of the Site window
Managing a site’s physical structure using a files list (a directory listing similar to the Windows File Explorer or Macintosh Finder) in the Site Files view of the Site window
Using File Check In/Check Out and Design Notes to manage file changes
Finding and fixing broken links
Uploading your site and synchronizing remote and local files
Managing assets with the Assets panel
In the remainder of Part II, we’ll discuss ...