Your local file system serves as the "staging area" where you develop and test the site. Once you're satisfied with the changes you've made, you can make the site available to others on the Web or on an intranet within your own company or department.
Managing a site with Site Manager means that you can easily perform general housekeeping chores on the files that make up the site. For example, you can add, delete, and edit files in the site, check the integrity of links and fix those that are broken, and then transfer (deploy) the site to a location where users can access its information.
Newly created sites are automatically under management.
If you are an experienced Web site manager, you are probably familiar with many of the following terms. However, some of the terms are unique to the Site Manager application. Understanding these terms should prove useful to novice and "Webmeister" alike.
|Term||What It Means|
|Deploy||Transfer a managed site to a location where others can access it. The location can be on your local file system or a remote server connected to the Web.|
A link in an HTML page that points to a location outside the managed site, of the form |
|Invalid internal link||A link in an HTML page that points to another page within the managed site but that no longer works.|
|Manage||Select a directory and then choose Site|Manage to create a site database that tracks all files and hypertext links. You can then easily perform file-management tasks and check link integrity.|
|Site root directory||The top-most managed directory in a site.|
|Unmanage||Select a currently managed site and then choose Site|Unmanage to delete the site database files. Site Manager will no longer be able to automatically perform site-management tasks.|
If you're running Windows NT, double-click the Site Manager icon in the LiveWire program group. For Unix platforms, type
sitemgr at the command prompt.
Site Manager window
Managing an existing site
If you already have a site for which you want to verify links and perform file-management tasks, you can place it "under management." When a site is managed, Site Manager creates a database (one
NewSite.site file and a
.site directory for every subdirectory) to keep track of files and links. In this section, you're going to place the LiveWire
samples directory under management.
samplesdirectory. For example, if you installed LiveWire in
c:/server/livewire, the path is
Note: Site Manager follows the Unix convention of displaying pathnames
samples directory and choose Site|Manage.
Important: Site Manager creates
.smgfiles in the .
smgfile for every HTML file--that it uses to track links. If you accidentally delete a .
smgfile, you'll need to remove the site from management, and then remanage it by choosing Site|Manage for Site Manager to work properly again.
The Site Manager wizard takes you step-by-step through the process of creating the type of site that's appropriate for your needs. The wizard is a software module that solicits answers from you. In response to those answers, it creates one or more Web pages, images, and/or other document types, and places them in the location you specify.
Once the pages have been created, you can customize, add, delete, and modify them. Thus, a wizard provides a useful and sophisticated starting point for further Web site development.
Use the Next and Back buttons to move through the wizard dialog boxes. When you are satisfied with the selections you have made in each dialog box, click Next to continue. Use the Back button to retrace your steps. Click Cancel to end the session. If you end the session before Site Manager has created the new site, the selections you have made, and any information you have entered, are discarded.
When you have completed all the steps to create a site, click Finish to create the site based on the information you've provided.
Creating a site from a template
Creating a new site from a template is one of the quickest ways to get up and running with Site Manager. Templates are time-saving individual pages, sub-Webs, or entire Webs that you can customize. Templates can also be used within your organization to encourage consistency of style and content, much like style sheets in a word processor. When you use a template, your newly created site automatically contains links to other pages, images, navigational tools, and forms---all of which you can modify for your particular needs.
Manager provides eight categories (containing twenty-four individual
templates) of representative Web site templates for you to choose from.
These templates are for personal, organizational, or business use.
Manager provides eight categories (containing twenty-four individual templates) of representative Web site templates for you to choose from. These templates are for personal, organizational, or business use.
|Company Department||Internal office business. Includes pages and links for a calendar, client information, employee handbook, and meeting minutes.|
|Company Product||Product promotion. Includes pages and links for product information, information request and feedback, and product index.|
|Company Sales||A store or reseller. Includes pages and links for an online catalog, store information, store map, feedback, sales, and promotions.|
|Company Service||A store or person who provides a service. Includes pages and links for information request, customer testimonials, feedback, and service information.|
|Personal||You! Includes pages and links for personal interest, resume, daily journal, expressions, and multimedia.|
|Family||A family or household. Includes pages and links for each family member, shared activities, scheduling, and a bulletin board.|
|Neighborhood, Community Center||A group of people. Includes pages and links for resources, calendar of daily events, community history, discussion center, and feedback.|
|Topical or Special Interest Group||A specific topic of interest. Includes pages and links for sponsors, schedule of events, reservations, references, and feedback.|
A dialog box appears asking you to define the site information:
The files in the new site are displayed in the Site Manager file list. Red triangles in the lower-left corner of the site's directory and file icons indicate that the site is managed. Note: You can use the Site drop-down list to switch between sites you've created.
Note: This process might take a while depending on the size of the site you're downloading and the type of network you're on. Specifying the actual root directory and ending the URL with a slash `/' might speed up the operation.
Site Manager creates an empty directory for the site with a red triangle in
the lower-left corner of the icon to indicate that the site is managed.
Note: Directories you create are automatically under management if the parent directory is under management.
Under Windows NT, you must delete any subdirectories and files in the
Configuring editor and browser location
With Site Manager you can specify which browser and HTML editor to use when making changes to files or viewing files in your site.
Tip: Double-clicking an HTML file is the same as choosing File|Edit if you've specified to start an editor by default. If you double-click an HTML file that's not part of a managed site, the browser will start instead.
Tip: Double-clicking a file is the same as choosing File|Browse if you've specified to start a browser by default.
The HTML file icon is displayed if the directory in which the file was created is under management. The new page contains the text "empty document" and can be edited.
If you add a file or directory to a managed site using the Windows File Manager
(or any utility outside Site Manager), you need to first choose Site|Check
Internal Links to update the file list, and then select it within Site Manager, and
An HTML document has three types of links--links within a page, links between pages, and external links that point to locations outside the managed site. External links can be to directories or files on other file systems or FTP or HTTP servers; "Mail to" links; or any URL that is not part of the managed site.
Site Manager tries to automatically keep all document links in your site up-to-date; however, links do sometimes become invalid--a URL request returns a "no response"--and need to be fixed. Also, you might need to manually modify a link based on changes to your site. The following sections discuss methods for managing links in your site.
Viewing site links
To view links throughout an entire site, use the Site Links tab.
The top list displays all the site links selected for view. You can sort the list by clicking the header bar. The list is sorted by the column header that you select.
You can display invalid internal links, external links, or both. Use the drop-down list to the right of the External Links checkbox to select the type of external links you want to view.
|All||All external links are displayed.||All icons|
|Valid||External links that return a verified response when a URL request is made are displayed.|
|Invalid||External links that return a "no response" when a URL request is made, as well as any broken internal links, are displayed. A link is invalid if||
|Unchecked||External links that haven't been checked are displayed.||
|Can't Check||All mailto URLs are displayed.||
The bottom list displays pages that contain the link selected in the top list. The first column names the page in which the link is used, and the second column indicates the number of times that the link is used.
Viewing page links
Part of link maintenance is finding out what files link to a selected page in your site, as well as any links from the page.
The top list displays links that lead out of the selected page in the file list. You can sort the list by clicking on the header bar. The list is sorted by the column header that you select. The bottom list displays page links that point to the selected page in the file list.
When you manually edit a link, all the links in the site that point to that location will be modified.
Site Manager checks all links in the site that begin with
/ and displays any invalid links.
Site Manager compares the links in the site to the actual file names in the
directory tree and modifies the links to conform to the actual filenames.
index.html) in a site, which often has links to all other pages but none that point back to it.
The filenames and paths of the unused pages in the site are displayed.
Site Manager deletes the site database of files and links within the site and
removes the site from management. All files and directories within the site
are displayed with a plain icon--no red triangles--indicating that the site is
no longer under management. The
.site directory and its associated
housekeeping files are removed.
webfilename for the site.
A compile message box appears.
.web file (LiveWire application) that
you can install with Application Manager.
.web filename, the default is
Note: If the server you're deploying to uses access control, you'll need to provide a password for the copy operation to begin.
All HTTP requests for the specified host servers go directly to the host (not
using any proxy).