4 Replies Latest reply on Mar 25, 2011 10:54 AM by BlueSkyDesign

    exporting html pages into separate folder

    BlueSkyDesign

      Hi there,

      I'm still fairly new to fireworks and web design, in general.  I am having issues with my web host (he is independent) for two sites in particular.  He wants the file system set up so all the files are in their own separate folders.  For example:

      /nameofwebsite

           /css-bin

           /htdocs

           /js-bin

           /images

       

      And none can be just in the general site folder, for security reasons.  However, when Fireworks exports my site, it puts all the html files into the general folder, along with the css files and js files.  It only creates an images subfolder.  When I try to create subfolders in dreamweaver and move the html files it messes up my links and the site does not work properly.

       

      Does anyone know how I can set this up to work properly, so I can make my web host happy and so my site works correctly?

       

      Thank you!

        • 1. Re: exporting html pages into separate folder
          pixlor Level 4

          Just put your images under /htdocs/images instead of /images. All your links should be relative, so they will still work.

           

          Alternatively...

          In Dreamweaver, set up your site as normal. Create an /htdocs folder and an /images folder. Using the folder view in DW, move all your files into the /htdocs folder. DW should prompt you to update site links; let it do so. Then, select all the images in your (now) /htdocs/images folder and move them to your /images folder. DW should again prompte you to update site links.

          • 2. Re: exporting html pages into separate folder
            BlueSkyDesign Level 1

            Sorry, I didn't clarify that he wants the html files in the htdocs folder, while the images are still in their image folder, etc. It's when I move the html files that it messes up the links.

            • 3. Re: exporting html pages into separate folder
              pixlor Level 4

              What he wants is not the common industry practice. It does not matter what folders your images are in and, frankly, if you have your images in /htdocs/images rather than /images he shouldn't care one bit. If he does, then you need a new Web host. With most hosts, you put your files in the top folder (that you have) and your images are in a folder under that (just as Fireworks exports and Dreamweaver expects).

               

              If you still want to use this host, then if you use the file management tool in Dreamweaver to move your files, Dreamweaver will ask if you want to update your links. If you click yes, then when you move files, your links will be correctly translated. You must have relative links, however, not absolute.

              • 4. Re: exporting html pages into separate folder
                BlueSkyDesign Level 1

                I understand what you are saying and yes, I agree, I do need a new web host, as he has been difficult to deal with.  However, for this particular site, I am required to use him because that is what my client wants. 

                 

                That aside, I think I have figured it out.  When Dreamweaver asked to update my links, I clicked yes, but it wasn't updating them correctly, but I think I figured out how to solve the issue.

                 

                Thank you for your help.