How do you use Dreamweaver to manage an existing site? Whether you’ve created an entire site with another site-management tool such as FrontPage or simply created some HTML files in another program, it’s easy to “import” an existing site into Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver 4 also reads site definition files from earlier versions of Dreamweaver.
You don’t literally
import your existing site files into Dreamweaver. Instead, you tell
Dreamweaver about your existing site by creating a
definition. The next section ensures that you have your
web site prepared for use within Dreamweaver so you can benefit from
the later advice on checking and fixing broken links. See the
Macromedia TechNote 14031 “How to convert an existing site into
a Dreamweaver site” for additional details, including how to
convert from FrontPage. The TechNote can be found at
If you already have a local copy of your web site on your hard drive, you can create a site definition for it, as described in Section 6.2 earlier in this chapter. (If you modify a file without having defined the site, relative links will be changed to absolute file:/// links.) If you don’t have a copy of your site on your local drive already, you can use Dreamweaver to download an entire site from a remote server. To ...