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Lesson 3. Creating a New Web Site > Understanding the Web Views

Understanding the Web Views

When you complete your new web, you are taken to the Navigation view of the web, which shows all the pages that were created for your new site and their relationship to other pages in the site. The site consists of a home page and several other pages that branch from the home page (and are subordinate to it). Figure 3.3 shows the Navigation view of a web created using the Personal Web Wizard. Each wizard creates a different number of pages for the site and arranges them in a manner that depends on the purpose of the web.

Figure 3.3. The various wizards end the creation process by showing your new web pages and their configuration in the Navigation view.


Some Wizards Dump You into the Task Viewv The Corporate Presence Wizard provides an option on the second-to-last wizard screen to take you to the Task view rather than to the Navigation view. If you do not deselect the check box for Task view, you will end up there on completion of the web. The different views available to you in FrontPage are covered in the remainder of this lesson.

The key to completing a web that has been created using a web wizard is understanding how the various views on the FrontPage Views bar are used as you edit and enhance the new web. Each view provides a different information set that shows you how the overall construction of the web is progressing. These views are defined in the sections that follow. You also use these views in the subsequent lessons that discuss FrontPage.

The Navigation View

The Navigation view (refer to Figure 3.3) enables you to see all the pages in the web in a flowchart format, which gives you the hierarchy for the site. (This view is usually the default view for a site created using one of the wizards.) The home page for the site is at the top of the hierarchy, and all pages that branch from the home page are shown below the home page with a connecting line. FrontPage calls the pages that are below the home page in the web child pages.

Child pages are not limited to the home page, however, and any page in the Web site can have child pages. A page that has child pages is called a parent page.

You can drag and drop pages in the Navigation view to change their location in the web structure. New pages created for a site are inserted into the web in this manner (see Lesson 11 for more about inserting new pages into a Web site in the Navigation view).

To move to the Navigation view from any other FrontPage view, click the Navigation icon on the Views bar.

The Page View

The Page view is used to view and edit a particular page in your web. You use the Page view when you add text, pictures, or other objects to the individual Web pages in the site. The Page view is similar to an Excel worksheet window or a Word document window. It provides a workspace.

To enter the Page view for a specific page in the Web, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Navigation view by clicking the Navigation icon on the Views bar (refer to Figure 3.3).

  2. Double-click a particular page in the Navigation view. The page opens in the Page view (as shown in Figure 3.4). The look of the page depends on the theme that you chose.

Figure 3.4. The Page view is where you focus on a particular page in the web and edit and enhance it.

When you are in the Page view, you can edit the current page as needed (see details in Lesson 4).


Quickly Return to the Previously Opened Page If you open a particular page in the Page view by double- clicking it in the Navigation view (or Folders view) and then move to a different view (such as returning to the Navigation view), you can quickly return to the previously opened page by clicking the Page View icon on the Views bar.

The Folders View

The Folders view shows the folders and files in the current web. When you create a web using one of the wizards, several folders and files are created (the files created depend on the wizard that you used).

Click the Folders icon in the Views bar to view the folders and files in the web. Figure 3.5 shows the folders and files that are created when you use the Personal Web Wizard to create a new web.

Figure 3.5. The Folders view enables you to view the folders and files contained in the current web.

The folders created for any of your new webs (no matter which wizard you use) consist of the following

  • Web Folder— This is designated by the name that you provided for the web's location in the Specify the Location of the New Web box in the New dialog box.

  • Private Folder— This folder is created to hold any data that is input into special forms or other data input objects that you place on a page or pages in your Web site. Because the folder is private, a visitor to your Web site cannot gain access to the information that it holds.

  • Images Folder— This folder provides a place to save pictures and clip art that are part of the Web site. Any images placed in the web by the wizard are contained in this folder.

Files that are contained in the web can also be seen in the Folders view. Each web typically contains an index.htm file that serves as the home page for the web; the other pages in the web depend on the wizard that was used (each with the .htm extension, which means the page is an HTML document).

You can delete files from the web in the Folders view (select the file and press Delete). You can also open pages in the Folders view by double-clicking them. They open in the Page view.

The Reports View

The Reports view enables you to view statistics and other information related to your web. These statistical reports are created automatically when you create the web, and they are updated as you work on the web. To view the statistics for your site, click the Reports View icon on the Views bar.

Figure 3.6 shows the Reports view for a personal web. Statistics such as the number of files and pictures in the web are reported as mini-reports. Other data provided include unverified links in the web (these usually consist of links to other Web sites on the World Wide Web that have not yet been verified by going online with your web).

Figure 3.6. The Reports view provides you with important statistics related to your web.

The Reporting toolbar enables you to change the statistics displayed in the Reports window (it appears directly below the other FrontPage toolbars). The default list for the Reports view is the Site Summary (refer to Figure 3.6), which shows all the statistics. If you want to view a certain statistic, such as unlinked files (in the web), click the drop-down box on the Reports toolbar and select the statistic—in this example, Unlinked Files—from the Problems list. These files are listed. Any views found in the Site Summary view can be viewed alone by selecting the appropriate report title from the toolbar drop-down list.

The Hyperlinks View

The Hyperlinks view enables you to view the hyperlinks from a particular page in the site to other pages in the site and to other Web sites on the World Wide Web. Figure 3.7 shows the Hyperlinks view for the Favorites page in a Personal Web site. The page has internal links to the other pages in the web (so that you can quickly go to those pages). It also contains external links that enable you to jump to other sites found on the World Wide Web.

Figure 3.7. The Hyperlinks view shows you the internal and external hyperlinks on a specific page in your web.

To go to the Hyperlinks view for a page in your web, be sure that you first select the page in the Folders view or the Navigation view. Then click the Hyperlinks View icon on the Views bar. The page and its hyperlinks are displayed. Creating and managing hyperlinks is dis cussed in Lesson 9, "Working with Hyperlinks."

The Tasks View

The Tasks view enables you to see tasks that are used to help you complete various aspects of your Web site. You can create tasks related to specific pages in the web or items on a Web page, such as a picture or other item. When you start a task that appears on your Tasks list, the task automatically opens the page or goes to the item on the page for which the task was created. Some of the wizards, such as the Corporate Presence Wizard, automatically create a list of tasks that is used to make sure all aspects of the new web are addressed before the web is placed on the World Wide Web for viewing. Tasks are covered in more detail in Lesson 18, "Completing and Publishing Your Web Site."

To go to the Tasks view, click the Tasks View icon on the Views bar. Figure 3.8 shows the tasks that were created when the Corporate Presence Wizard was used to create a new web.

Figure 3.8. The Tasks view enables you to create and monitor tasks that are related to the completion of your web.

You might find that you use different views provided by the Views bar as you create or fine-tune your webs. These views are visited and revisited in the other lessons found in this book.

In this lesson, you learned how to create a web using the FrontPage web wizards. You also learned how to navigate the views provided on the FrontPage Views bar and how each view gives you different information about your Web site. In the next lesson, you learn how to create new pages for your web and insert them into the Web site hierarchy.

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