Site Manager - Dreamweaver MX 2004

Posted on 2006-05-31
Last Modified: 2013-12-03
I have a question about the site manager, and please tell me if this is possible.

I have multiple machines that I have Dreamweaver installed on. So basically I want to be able to go to any machine to work on my sites, and switch the sites with the site manager.

Now, I keep all my websites on a USB flash drive. However, You still have to create the site definition, and tell where your sites are located. Is there anyway for me to keep all the site manager information on my flash drive, and then when I start the site manager, it pulls all the site definitions from the flash drive?

What I currently have to do when I use a machine that doesn't have all my sites loaded on it, is either add a new site definition, or import the .ste file. I'd somehow like to permanently set dreamweaver to store and read all site information from the flash drive.

I understand I can import and export, but I just want it to always pull this information from the flash drive. Is this possible?

I hope it's clear what I'm saying. I just want to see if I can keep all the site manager metadata on the flash drive and have dreamweaver read it from there.

Sorry if I was redundant, just trying to be clear.

Question by:gregca80
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    Accepted Solution

    Well, you answered your own question!

    Just export your sites to the flash drive - start Dreamweaver - then import those exact sites.

    I recommend backing up and changing the location of your existing sites (located on your desktop) for later use and to avoid confusion.

    Hope this helps
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    by:Jason C. Levine
    Hi gregca80,

    You don't have to export/import the site definitions each time you move to a new machine unless redefining the site is too much of a pain in the @$$.  What I do is keep the files on my flash drive and define the site on the machine (once) to use the flash drive as the local site.  So long as the flash drive is assigned the same letter each time it is plugged in, DW should work just fine.

    If it really is a lot of trouble, then do as Onyx suggests and export the site definition and import it (once) on each new machine you work on.  You will still need to change the local definition around to match the assigned drive letter for the flash drive.
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    Expert Comment

    However, the whole process may be academic in that the purose of site manager is to consoludate the relationship between the local Root folder and the remote folder and more imporatntly the root folder.

    By importing this relationship into a new machine does nothing as the actual relationships between the server and the local folder will not be the same!

    Furthermore, if these are dynamic databasedriven sites, your troubles are just beginning, as the datasource will also need addressing.

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    by:Jason C. Levine
    Just enable check-in and check-out and that more or less removes the issue of the relationship.  The checked-in files on the server are the "live" data and check-out loads the most current copy onto the flash drive no matter which machine is being used.

    The datasource is only a problem if this site is not completely hosted at the ISP level.
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    by:Jason C. Levine
    Hi mrichmon,

    Three way split between myself, Onyx23, and aplimedia.  Onyx and I propose two different, but valid solutions.  Aplimedia gives valuable advice and a warning.
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    by:Jason C. Levine
    Whoops...I didn't even look at the points.

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