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Need to re-create DW site

Jan 6, 2014 6:01 AM

Tags: #ste

I just learned the value of *.ste files.  Would downloading my folders and contents from my host be the most reliable method to construct a replacement of my DW CS5 site?

 
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    Jan 6, 2014 7:49 AM   in reply to goatfarmer98

    The ste file just defines the location of the site folders and the servers. There is no copy of the ste file on the remote server.

     

    If you lost all your website files, then you can download them from the remote site, but it won't restore any templates you may have used.

     
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    Jan 6, 2014 8:49 AM   in reply to goatfarmer98

    Create a new site definition but point it to the location of your local copy of the website. Define your local and remote servers. That should do it. Downloading the files from the remote site isn't necessary.

     
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    Jan 6, 2014 12:35 PM   in reply to goatfarmer98

    Is the Local Site folder on your main hard drive (same as DW) or on an external drive? 

     

     

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    Jan 6, 2014 1:35 PM   in reply to goatfarmer98

    Which operating system?

     

     

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    Jan 7, 2014 11:00 AM   in reply to goatfarmer98

    Win7's UAC could be preventing you from using DW with full admin-level privileges.  Close DW.  Re-launch as Admin.

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/11841-run-administrator.html

     

     

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    Jan 7, 2014 1:23 PM   in reply to goatfarmer98

    I've never encountered this with any version of DW. 

    Did you Refresh your Files Panel?  See screenshot.

    DW-CS6-FilesPanelRefresh.jpg

     

    My only thought is that your file naming conventions might be such that DW cannot identify the file.  Best practice, don't use any spaces or special characters (%^$#~) in your folder or file names.  However, you may use hyphens- underscores_ and dots.

     

     

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    Jan 7, 2014 3:00 PM   in reply to goatfarmer98

    <scratching head> Do you have multiple users on your PC or is yours the only user account?</scratching head>

     

     

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    Jan 7, 2014 3:06 PM   in reply to goatfarmer98

    OK.  I think your registry may have been wiped when you reset.

     

    I would do a clean re-install of DW and Fireworks.  Use the CS Cleaner Tools below.

    http://helpx.adobe.com/creative-suite/kb/cs5-cleaner-tool-installation -problems.html

     

     

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    Jan 7, 2014 3:07 PM   in reply to goatfarmer98

    When you re-install, make certain you are logged in with Admin Level status.

     

     

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    Jan 11, 2014 2:56 PM   in reply to goatfarmer98

    #1 DW cannot open graphics files because it is not a graphics app.  It can only open HTML, PHP, XML, JavaScript, CSS and other code/text files.

     

    #2 when you create images in Fireworks it unfortunately saves them as a Fireworks PNG which is not a web friendly file type.  To use images on the web, you need to export them (SaveAs) an optimized web-safe image.

     

     

     

     

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    Jan 11, 2014 4:16 PM   in reply to goatfarmer98

    How about creating a NEW folder on your HD and moving the images into that?

    Can DW see them in the new folder?

     

     

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    Jan 11, 2014 5:54 PM   in reply to goatfarmer98

    OK.   There's a permissions problem on your operating system.

     

    Open Windows Explorer and scroll down to the site folder.  Right click and select Properties.   I'm guessing it's set to read only. 

     

    Click on Security.  All groups and users should have permissions to see "list folder contents."  See screenshot from Vista.

    WindowsPermissions.jpg

     

    Close this properties panel.  Now right-click on images inside your folder and check their properties.  If any folders or files in the site folder are set to hidden, DW cannot see them but Win Explorer can.

     

    Hopefully this will help you find a solution to this very perplexing problem.

     

    Best of luck!

     

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    Jan 13, 2014 11:56 AM   in reply to goatfarmer98

    I wish I had better answers for you.   I don't know what led to you "restoring" your computer settings in the first place but I suspect there's a deeper problem that restore didn't fix.  When you find the solution, please share it.

     

    Good luck!

     

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