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Help with getting existing site into Dreamweaver

Feb 22, 2013 10:12 AM

I need help getting my site into dreamweaver.  I have now created a database in MAMP thanks to osgood_, but I am still stuck although because the code is viewable the design is not.

 

I am offering a shared screen to my computer though join.me https://join.me/784-748-841. My phone number is 361-523-9919.

 

I am just confused.  Please help!

 
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    Feb 23, 2013 12:10 PM   in reply to Ikainica

    I ran into the same problem- my website downloaded as a .txt file and all I can see is code, too.  I'd appreciate some help as well...

     
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    Feb 23, 2013 1:11 PM   in reply to snowgoosegallery

    Here are the two ways you can get a website into Dreamweaver:

     

    1. FTP
    2. Download each page.

     

    Obviously, the first is easiest. But the second works if you carefully download each and every page, each and every picture and each and every stylesheet and external file pointed to in the HTML files. Of course you will never get any server-side stuff, but everything that happens in the browser will be available.

     

    Here is how to do that:

     

    1. Go to the website in your browser.
    2. Open Dreamweaver and define a site (if you don't know how to do that see this page).
    3. Using your browser, view the HTML code, depending on the browser it may be a sub-ment called Developer>View Source or Tools>Web Developer>Page Source.
    4. Copy that code into a blank page in Dreamweaver.
    5. Click on any reference files, usually in the <head> section that point to style sheets, open and copy them, too.
    6. Reconstruct the paths in your Dreamweaver site and save all files to the same paths in the original site.
    7. Make sure you get any background files defined in CSS.
    8. Repeat for every page.
    9. Double-check to make sure that you did get all of the image files by checking each page in a browser on your local computer.

     

    There are tools that will automatically download an entire website for you. For the Macintosh, I have successfully used Web Dumper, which also works in Windows 7. Web Dumper does not always work for all files in a website, but it does get pretty close. It also frequently fails to get backgrounds that are defined and linked to in CSS. It cannot handle dynamic sites.

     

    If you work with someone else's code and use those ideas to make a website, don't claim the design as your own.

     

    -Mark

     
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    Feb 24, 2013 8:44 AM   in reply to snowgoosegallery

    Hi, and welcome to the Forum.

    May I note that it's not a good idea to "piggyback" on another person's post.

    The sites are different, and the replies can get really entangled.

     

    Please create a new post explaining what you have done and be sure to include a link to your live site.

     

    Thanks

     
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    Feb 28, 2013 10:58 AM   in reply to mhollis55

    Thank you for replying.  I tried the ftp version I read about in "Dreamweaver for Dummies" but the site downloaded as a .txt file.  I had designed the original site using Microsoft FrontPage.  Could this be why?

     
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    Feb 28, 2013 11:11 AM   in reply to snowgoosegallery

    Bingo -

     

    Front Page sites depend on background files and very proprietary codes.

    Time to rebuild and we'll give you a hand.

     

    Please post a link to the live version so we can see how big (or small) a job we've got.

     
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    Feb 28, 2013 11:15 AM   in reply to snowgoosegallery

    Best if you start a new thread.

     

    This one has been hijacked.

     
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    Feb 28, 2013 11:20 AM   in reply to snowgoosegallery

    Yes, start a new thread once you have a general idea of the shape of the site you want to build.

     

    Anything built in Front Page will work OK for a general layout and design for prototyping, but the HTML and style sheet stuff is all useless.

     
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    Feb 28, 2013 1:40 PM   in reply to Ken Binney

    Sigh.  I figured.  i will try to delete all these practice files and start fresh.

    Thanks for all your help!

     
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    Mar 2, 2013 10:36 AM   in reply to Ken Binney

    Ok, with the help of a friend, I managed to download my existing FrontPage website onto Dreamweaver.  Editing and adding new text is no problem, but I'm having a problem with images.  I can insert them just fine, and I can see them when I preview them in a browser.  I put the site to the remote host, and I can see the new images added to the bottom of the list.  However, when I open a browser, the images are not there.  I called my ISP and they are no help.

    Any ideas would be appreciated.  Also, I would like to create thumbnails of the images so that the page takes less time to load.

    Here's my website, if you want to take a look: www.thesnowgoosegallery.com

     

    Thanks so much!

     
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    Mar 2, 2013 10:50 AM   in reply to snowgoosegallery

    Could you post a more relevant link please (a page with broken images) ?

     
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    Mar 2, 2013 10:59 AM   in reply to Ken Binney

    http://thesnowgoosegallery.com/mary_serfass.htm

     

    There are two images I'm trying to load near the bottom of the page: "rust"  and "wolf moon".

     
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    Mar 2, 2013 11:41 AM   in reply to snowgoosegallery

    Thanks, for starters, this image appears to not be on the server root folder

    http://www.thesnowgoosegallery.com/serfass_wolf_moon_low_res_small1.jp g

     

    It's large version is linked to your local computer, rather than to the server root.

     

    <a href="file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/mare/My%20Documents/My%20Webs/c7 0787x1/serfass%20wolf%20moon%20low%20res.jpg">

    <img width="100" height="147" border="2" alt="serfass wolf moon low res.jpg (175324 bytes)" src="serfass_wolf_moon_low_res_small1.jpg">
    It's a risky practice to use spaces in file and folder names (hyphens and underscores are ok)

     

     
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    Mar 2, 2013 11:54 AM   in reply to Ken Binney

    Thanks for getting back to me.  How do I fix the problem?

     
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    Mar 2, 2013 12:56 PM   in reply to Ken Binney

    I'm not a professional designer, so you'll really have to keep it simple for me.  I need to resolve this as quickly as I can because my gallery has a major show coming up and I put the entire show on the website.  It was easy to do in FrontPage.

    What I need help with right now is getting new images onto the server, and creating thumbnails of the images.

    Can anyone help me?

     
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    Mar 2, 2013 1:13 PM   in reply to snowgoosegallery

    Good, Fast, Cheap. Pick any two.

     

    Make a web page. Then use a handy Dreamweaver plug-in. I can highly recommend those by Project VII and there is one, specifically, that would probably fit the bill. It's called. Image Gallery Magic 2.

     

    You can see an example of this gallery here.

    And there is a commercial site that I did over with IGM recently here.

     
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    Mar 2, 2013 1:24 PM   in reply to mhollis55

    Could you take a look at my website so that you can see what I'm trying to accomplish here?  Thanks...

     
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    Mar 3, 2013 5:59 AM   in reply to snowgoosegallery

    snowgoosegallery wrote:

     

    Thanks for getting back to me.  How do I fix the problem?

     

    By renaming your files and folders without spaces and correcting link code to match.

    Be sure to match case too. Unlike your local computer, your server is most likely case-sensitive.

     

    By uploading correctly named images and any revised pages

     

    Notice you can see this image IS on your server\

    http://thesnowgoosegallery.com/serfass_october_moon_low_res_small.jpg

     

    Wherever you see

    file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/mare/My%20Documents/My%20Webs/c7 0787x1/

    in front of your file path, remove it to leave only the correct file name

     

    Are you working within a "Defined" site?  (Site Manager) This will avert link errors like this.

     
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