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Chapter 2. Creating Sites and Pages > Importing Files and Folders

Importing Files and Folders

Creating a new site works well if you're starting from scratch, but you might have already designed a site using another program or inherited a site from someone else. In those cases, you need to import the site so that FrontPage recognizes it. To import a site, do the following:

Choose File, New to open the New task pane.

Choose More Web Site Templates from the task pane to open the Web Site Templates dialog box.

Specify the new location for your imported site. (FrontPage actually makes a copy of the files and folders in the existing site, so you need to specify a new location rather than the current location of the files.)

Double-click Import Web Site Wizard from the list of templates. FrontPage creates the new site and starts the Import Web Wizard to begin the transfer process.

On the Welcome screen of the Import Web Wizard (see Figure 2.6), choose how FrontPage should acquire the original files. There are a number of options:

  • FrontPage Server Extensions or SharePoint Services— If the site you're importing uses FrontPage extensions or SharePoint Services, this option will preserve those settings.

  • WebDAV— If the original site was uploaded using WebDAV (Distributed Authoring and Versioning) to provide version control (most commonly used in large development groups to protect files from being overwritten by other members of the team), this option will preserve the versioning controls.

  • FTP— If you have access to the actual remote server where the files are currently stored, File Transfer Protocol (FTP) will transfer them directly from the server, including files that aren't accessible from the live site.

  • File System— If the site was created by another program but is currently stored on your local computer or a CD, this option imports the files into a FrontPage folder structure. The original files remain in their original location, as well, so you need to remember to edit the correct version of the site after the import is complete.

  • HTTP— This option downloads the pages and linked style sheets and graphics directly from the Internet. Unlike with the FTP option, additional pages, files, and folders on the server but not referenced on the site will not be downloaded.

Figure 2.6. The import option you choose depends on the location and contents of the original site.

If the original site contains subfolders, such as an image folder, click the Include Subfolders check box to ensure you import everything.

Click Next.

In case you didn't get it right when you created the new site at the start of this process, FrontPage gives you one more chance to specify a new location for the imported site. Do so if necessary.

Click Next.

If you're importing a site from the Web, the next step is Set Import Limits, as shown in Figure 2.7. If you don't choose any of these options, the entire site will be downloaded. Otherwise, you can limit the files that are transferred by choosing from the following:

  • Import the home page plus linked pages— Specifies how many pages of the original site you want to download from the Internet. The number you set in the Levels Deep field determines how far to dig down—the home page and all the pages linked from it (1 level), all the pages linked from those pages (2 levels), and so on.

  • Import a maximum of— Specifies the number of files to import based on kilobytes. If you want to download only 1,500KB of the site, FrontPage will start importing from the home page, then dig deeper until it reaches the maximum limit. Unless space on your local computer is really an issue, avoid this option. It's too easy to hit that maximum while essential elements of the site are still missing, thus defeating the purpose of the import.

  • Import only HTML and image files— Excludes non-HTML or image files, such as JavaScripts and external style sheets, from the import. As with the previous option, this is a good option to avoid. Many sites these days rely on external style sheets to control the design, and if you don't download it, the site's pages will be devoid of color, fonts, images, and even positioning.

Figure 2.7. If you only need the first level of pages from a live site, click Import the Home Page Plus Linked Pages, and set the number of levels to 1.

Click Next.

Click Finish.



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