Open and publish a live website in Microsoft Expression Web 3

Posted by: Minal Agarwal , on 1/9/2010, in Category Expression Web
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Abstract: Expression Web lets you create website live on the server as well as create it offline and then upload to the server. Let us explore how to use each of these options to open and publish your website using FTP.

Open and publish a live website in Microsoft Expression Web 3

When you are developing a website, you have two choices, either create it offline (on your hard drive) and publish it only when ready or create it online (live on the server). Well it is always a good habit to develop it offline and later publish it. This is so that the users visiting your site should not see different versions of same page, since you are working on it. Also during web development you are bound to face some issues, why would you want users to see them when they visit your site. And most importantly you need to have a backup of your website; if you do not have a backup then you may be in a big trouble one day! Any accident with your website and your hard work may be gone. So I always prefer creating/modifying my websites offline and publishing them on the server only when ready.
Expression Web lets you create website live on the server as well as create it offline and then upload to the server. Let us explore how to use each of these options to open and publish your website using FTP.
To open a website live on server using FTP
Follow these steps:
1.    Launch Expression Web 3.
2.    Make sure no sites are open in your Folder List Panel. If they are then close all the pages.
3.    Go to Site > Open Site…, or from the Common toolbar, click on the arrow next to Open button and choose Open site… or key in the shortcut ‘Ctrl+Shift+O’.
4.    In the Open Site dialog box, enter the ftp address like: and click Open.
5.    Expression Web will prompt the ‘Remote Site Editing Options’ window to ask you if you want to edit the site live or edit a local copy on your hard drive.
6.    Choose ‘Edit live site now’ and click OK.
7.    FTP may prompt you to enter username and password to edit your website.
8.    The Folder list panel will now show your website.
9.    Now any changes made to the website would be made directly on the server.
To publish a website from the Remote Server (on the hard drive)
If you have FrontPage Server Extensions (FPSE) installed on your server, then you can publish the remote website to your hard drive using Expression Web and FrontPage. For that first we need to create an empty site.
Follow these steps:
1.    Launch Expression Web, go to File > New > Website > General > Empty Website.
2.    In the ‘Specify the name and location of the new site’, remove the default site name from the path and enter the name of your site. This will be the folder where your site will be backed up.
3.    The new website will be created. Now open your site in Expression Web. Go to Site > Open Site… and type in the URL.
4.    Enter user credentials if required.
5.    Click on the Publishing tab > Add Publishing Destination.
6.    In the Connection Settings dialog box, type in the site name, connection type as File System. Browse to the location of the newly created site and click Add.
7.    All you need to do next is close the site (Site > Close) and open the newly created site on your hard drive to edit it.
Expression Web 3 has improved its FTP publishing features. Not only has there been a significant change in the behavior, but simple and reduced steps make publishing easier. I hope you found this article helpful and I thank you for reading.
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This article has been editorially reviewed by Suprotim Agarwal.

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Minal Agarwal, Expression Web MVP, MCDST, works as a freelance web designer (SaffronStroke) working on Expression Web, Photoshop and other Graphical tools. As a hobby, she also runs a famous Food site called Follow her on twitter @ saffronstroke

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Comment posted by sonoraldyofaz on Monday, September 13, 2010 6:15 PM
this is exactly what I'm doing and it is not working.  I can see the changes in the page.  I save the page, I go to the browser and hit refresh and I still get the same page even if I wait 5-10 minutes.  I tried changing the dwt as well and nothing happens.  






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