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Hour 2. Creating a Site File > Understanding How GoLive Manages Web Sites

Understanding How GoLive Manages Web Sites

Working on a Web site takes time and involves organizing and managing lots of individual files and making sure that your HTML is correct. GoLive's site management tools are truly remarkable and will save you countless hours of your precious time. To manage the files in your Web site, GoLive stores four items (three folders and one site file) on your hard drive:

  • Site Root Folder—The Site Root folder is where you store the HTML, GIF, and JPEG files that are used in your Web site. To make site management easy, it is critical that you keep all these files in this folder instead of scattered around your hard drive. The contents of this folder are part of what the Site File tracks for you. The Site Root folder corresponds to the Site pane (left side) of the Site window.

  • Site Data Folder—This folder is created automatically when you create a new site with GoLive. It stores files that are used by more advanced features such as Stationery and dynamic Components. The files saved in the Site Data folder enable GoLive to work some of its behind-the-scenes magic for you in the Data pane (right side) of the Site window, so until you're a power user, we suggest leaving this folder alone.

  • GoLive Site Settings Folder—The site settings are essentially preferences and settings for various site items, such as how URLs (links) are handled and the organization of the site tabs. We will cover this topic in more detail in Hour 9, “Using GoLive's Site Management Tools.”

  • GoLive Site File—GoLive's native file format for Web pages is HTML. That means Web pages created with GoLive are always ready to view in a Web browser. At the same time, GoLive creates a Site file for every site you work on using GoLive. The Site file is an inventory of all the HTML pages, Web graphics, and folders in your Web site. Site files in GoLive 5.0 are cross-platform, which means that the same Site file can be used on a Macintosh or a Windows computer.


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