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14. Introducing Site Management > 14.2. Viewing a Site Map

Viewing a Site Map

While the Files panel’s list of files and folders is a great aid in managing those files, it doesn’t give you a picture of how your site’s Web pages are linked together. You can see that the index.html file in the root folder is the site’s home page, for instance, but you can’t see how it relates to the other pages in the site. In other words, you can’t tell which pages link to or from it. To see those relationships, you need Dreamweaver’s SiteSite Map view.

The Site Map is a visual guide to the links in a site (see Figure 14-10). An icon representing the home page appears at the top of the map, and arrows connect the home page to icons representing each of the links it contains. As shown in Figure 14-10, special icons clearly mark external, broken, and email links. The best way to view them is by expanding the Files panel (Section 14.1.4), which spreads the links out into easy-to-read columns. In regular collapsed view, all the links in the map are put into a single column, so you need to scroll down to see the each one. Furthermore, the Site Map does more than just provide a visual overview; it also gives you an easy way to rename files and even retitle Web pages.


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