3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 10, 2006 5:19 AM by Newsgroup_User

    Converting Frontpage Site to Dreamwaver 8

    ChefDAX
      Greetings I am new to this forum and new to Dreamwaver. I am attempting to convert my churches Frontpage web site to Dreamwaver 8. The Knowledge Base provides three 'extensions' for this but they refer to Dreamwaver 2004 . . . can they be used in Dreamwaver 8? Thank you for your assistance
        • 1. Re: Converting Frontpage Site to Dreamwaver 8
          Level 7
          I have only seen of a few people who have used them - some successfully, and
          others not.

          Before doing anything else, take a couple of weeks to gothrough the DW
          tutorials, and also to study HTML and CSS. The more you know about those,
          the easier your transition will be. DW expects alot more from you than FP
          did, and as a result, you may find it much more frustrating to have the raw
          reality of web development staring you in the face rather than the wizards
          of FP.

          > Is there a way to convert a Frontpage site into a
          > Dreamweaver site

          1. I'd define a Dreamweaver site that points to a location on your hard
          drive for the local site's root, and to the current FP site on the web as
          the remote site
          2. I'd use Dreamweaver (if your host supports FTP connections) to download
          the remote site to the root of the site you just defined on the hard drive.
          This will pick up all the pages *after* webbot action so that shared borders
          and all are already present in the page HTML. This will also pick up all of
          the server scripting. Note - in the event that you are not able to connect
          using FTP since some FP hosts block that protocol, you will have to use a
          third party 'site copier' like Black Widow, QuadSucker, or WebCopier, (or
          even the DW extension called SiteAssist from WebAssist) to connect and
          download using http protocols. Doing it this way will *not* retrieve any of
          your server-script code, if any (unless you have used the WebAssist
          extension).

          3. I'd create a DW template for the pages, that captures the "shared
          border"
          effect you had in FP.
          4. I'd copy and paste content from each FP pages to a new template child
          page and then save the new child page with an easily identifiable
          nomenclature that is distinct from what was used on the FP site (since you
          are saving the new child pages into the same local site as the FP pages).
          5. When the basic site is completed, I'd upload the new DW pages to some
          staging area/webspace, and by using the browser, I'd verify that the site
          (as it now exists remotely) is complete.
          6. Then I'd create a *new* DW site in a new location on the hard drive, and
          connect to and download all the files from the staging site.
          7. You can now delete the original FP site from your local system if you
          want.

          You now have a complete site (minus any of the FP extension server-side
          code) that has no FP footprint.

          If you have used any FP server extension functions on the original FP site
          (form processing, guestbooks, tables of contents, etc.), you will have to
          recreate those functions in DW using 3rd party scripts, or scripts that you
          write yourself.


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          "ChefDAX" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
          news:ebdv05$ski$1@forums.macromedia.com...
          > Greetings I am new to this forum and new to Dreamwaver. I am
          > attempting
          > to convert my churches Frontpage web site to Dreamwaver 8. The Knowledge
          > Base
          > provides three 'extensions' for this but they refer to Dreamwaver 2004 . .
          > .
          > can they be used in Dreamwaver 8? Thank you for your assistance
          >


          • 2. Re: Converting Frontpage Site to Dreamwaver 8
            ChefDAX Level 1
            We thank you for your advise and assistance. God Bless
            • 3. Re: Converting Frontpage Site to Dreamwaver 8
              Level 7
              Good luck. Tread carefully.

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              Adobe Community Expert
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              "ChefDAX" <webforumsuser@macromedia.com> wrote in message
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              > We thank you for your advise and assistance. God Bless