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Chapter 17. Publishing Your Web Site > Synchronizing Local and Remote Sites

Synchronizing Local and Remote Sites

If you are the only person who creates and updates your Web pages, you’re not likely to get confused about which version of your site—the local version or the remote version—has the latest files, and which files need to be updated. You can, after all, update pages, either on the local or remote site, using FrontPage. After you revise a file, you copy it to the other location, so that both versions of the site are up to date. But in a corporate environment, Webmastering is seldom done in isolation. If two or three people have recently updated pages, they either need to keep meticulous records about where the latest files are, or do the efficient thing, and let FrontPage handle the synchronization of local and remote sites.

Synchronizing Files with Remote Site View

FrontPage’s new Remote Site View is easy to use, especially if you’re used to working with FTP software to move files from one location to another. When FrontPage connects to a remote location, it compares the files displayed in both Remote and Local Site View. The Status column, which appears in both views, gives you an indication of whether a file in one view is matched in the other view. If you see a file that is in Local view, and listed as unmatched, that means that the file does not exist in Remote view. If you publish that file by clicking on one of the three controls between Remote and Local views, the file is moved from one site to another, and its status becomes Unchanged. The Unchanged status turns to Changed when you edit the file. See Figure 17-7 on the following page for an example.


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