Working with websites in Microsoft® Expression® Web

Posted by: Minal Agarwal , on 6/6/2007, in Category Expression Web
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Abstract: We have seen how to create empty websites as well as websites using the pre-built templates. But along with creation of websites it is important to work efficiently with your websites to avoid loss of data and manage your websites. In this article we will explore how to open a website, close the site after working on the site, how to rename a website and lastly to delete any unused web site. We will also look at the Website views.

We have seen how to create empty websites as well as websites using the pre-built templates. But along with creation of websites it is important to work efficiently with your websites to avoid loss of data and manage your websites.   

In this article we will explore how to open a website, close the site after working on the site, how to rename a website and lastly to delete any unused web site. We will also look at the Website views.  

Once you start working with your web site, there are bound to be links with other web pages or web sites or even images. To avoid breaking any of these links it is always better to follow the correct procedures to work with the web sites.  

Opening Web sites

Follow the steps given below to open a website in Expression® Web:

1.    Go to File menu and choose Open site.   

Expression Web Open Website from File Menu

Alternatively you can choose ‘Open’ from the toolbar, click on the arrow next to Open icon and select Open Site.

Expression Web Open Website from shortcut on toolbar

2.    The Open site Dialog box appears that lists all the websites that are created using Expression Web.    

Expression Web Open Site dialog box 

Select the website from the right pane and click Open.

NOTE: If you double click on the website to open it, it won’t open the website in the window, but would open the container folder. Hence always select the website and choose Open.

3.    The website now appears in the Folder List in the form of a hierarchy. The uppermost node is the root folder of the website and the subsequent nodes are the folders and files included in the web site.   

Expression Web Folder List

NOTE: Expression Web lets you open multiple websites at a time. Each site is opened in a separate window.

4.    You can access the recently opened files and sites in Expression Web. To access the recently opened files or websites, go to File > Recent Files or File > Recent Sites.   

Closing Web sites  

Go to the file menu and choose Close Site. 

NOTE: Always save your work before closing the web site.  

Renaming Web sites  

To rename a web site follow the steps given below:

1.    Open the site you want to rename.

2.    Go to Site menu and choose Site Settings.

Expression Web Site menu

3.    The Site Settings dialog box opens. The default tab selected is General. In General tab the current name of the web site is highlighted in Web name text box.  

 

Expression Web Site Settings

You can type in the new name for the website and click on Apply to apply the change or Ok to save the changes and close the dialog box.

Expression Web Site Settings

NOTE: When you click on Apply, the changes are reflected in the Web name text box as well as the Folder List and Editing Window. But the File Location in the dialog box still shows the old path. When you click Ok and re open the Site Settings dialog you will find that the changes have been reflected in the File Location too.   

 

Expression Web Site Settings

4.    When you are back in the editing window, you will find the new name is reflected in the Folder List and the Editing Window. 

Deleting Web sites

To delete the web site follow the following steps:

1.    Open the site you want to delete.

2.    Right click on the root folder (the path where the web site is saved) in the Folder List task pane and choose Delete from the drop down menu. 

Expression Web Delete website

3.    Confirm Delete dialog box is prompted. Select Delete this Web site entirely before you click on OK. The site will no longer appear in the Folder List nor in the editing window.

 Expression Web Confirm Delete dialog box

NOTE: Delete only hidden metadata files from this Web site, preserving all other files and folders would delete only delete the metadata files and retain the files and folders in the web site.   

Web site Views

Microsoft Expression Web has four different Web Site Views to help you design, publish, analyze and manage it. 

Web Site Views 

Folders: This is the default view of Expression Web. The view presents a list of folders and pages in your website. You can navigate through your web site to find files and folders using this view.  

To open Folders view, from Site menu choose Folders. Alternatively open the website, and from the Website tab in the Editing Window, at the bottom of the window click Folders.   

Expression Web Website view

Remote Web site: This view is used to publish files to your Microsoft® Expression® Web site. Remote Web site view presents a list of folders in your website in both the source and destination websites. Source means your local website and destination is your remote location.   

To open Folders view, from Site menu choose Remote Web site. Alternatively open the website, and from the Website tab in the Editing Window, at the bottom of the window click Remote Web site.   

Expression Web Remote Web Site view

Setting up remote website and publishing it will be explored in a future article.  

Reports: Reports view gives you a quick summary of the statistics of your web site. You can also traverse through the links to access more comprehensive reports.   

Site reports in Microsoft® Expression® Web enable you to group, analyze and summarize website statistics in a number of ways. In the reports, you can filter the data to present only the information that is relevant to you.   

Expression Web Reports view

The Site Summary report as shown above, gives you a quick rundown through all the website statistics that are available. There are a variety of other reports that are categorized as follows:   

A.    File reports   

All Files: gives you a detailed report of all the files in your website. This report helps you locate files easily. 

  

Recently Added Files: gives you a list of all the files that were added to your website in the past 30 days. You can also change the number of days defined in ‘recent’.   

 

Recently Changed Files: gives you a list of all the files that were changed to your website in the past 30 days. You can also change the number of days defined in ‘recent’.   

 

Older Files: gives you a list of files that were not changed in the past 72 days. You can also change the number of days defined in ‘older’.   

 

Checkout Status: displays the checkout status of files and also gives the details of the user who has locked the file and when.   

B.    Shared Contents reports   

Dynamic Web Templates: lists the Dynamic Web Templates in the web site and the pages and files that are linked to it.  

 

Master Pages: lists pages that are created using ASP.NET master pages.   

 

Style Sheet Links: lists pages that import or reference external style sheets.   

C.    Problems reports  

Unlinked Files: lists the files that do not have any hyperlinks to them.   

 

Show Pages: lists the pages that take more than 30 seconds to download at a connection speed of 28.8 Kbps. You can also change the number of seconds and the connection speed that is defined as slow.  

Hyperlinks: lists the pages that have broken hyperlinks to internal pages as well as other websites.   

D.    Workflow reports   

Review Status: displays the review status of the files in the website. It also shows to whom the files are assigned in the Assigned To column.  

Assigned To: displays the list of files and to whom they are assigned to. This report also gives other Assignment details like the Assigned Date, Assigned By and so on.   

Categories: gives a list of files or pages and the categories to which they are assigned.

Publish Status: shows the publish status of each page in the website. The ‘Publish’ column in the report shows this status as Publish or Don’t Publish according to the status marked for the page.   

Hyperlinks: This view shows a diagram of all the files that are linked to and from the selected file. You can facilitate your view by setting various options and use the diagram to verify the hyperlinks to external files.   

Expression Web Hyperlinks view

A few viewing options have been explained below:   

To show or hide hyperlinks of a file that is linked to a selected file: In this view, click on the (+) or (-) sign next to the file name (over the icons of the files).   

To verify a hyperlink to an external file: Right click on the filename for which you want to verify the hyperlink.   

To list repeated hyperlinks: Right click on the blank area in the ‘Hyperlinks View’ and choose ‘Repeated Hyperlinks’.   

Conclusion 

I have tried to explain all the actions we commonly perform while working with the website and also the different views that are available in Expression® Web. I hope this article will help you work with your websites efficiently. 

 

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User Feedback
Comment posted by Wil Morales on Wednesday, January 9, 2008 9:07 AM
So easy to use.  Excellent!!

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