After you develop your Web site project and it's ready for deployment, you most likely need to move it to a Web server that can host the Web site and where it's accessible to its audience. Unless you're remotely authoring directly on a Web site, this task usually involves making a copy of the Web content into the allocated space on the Web server. SharePoint Designer allows for a couple of simple and flexible mechanisms for moving content from one location to another. You can either choose to import and export content or publish Web sites.
Publishing in SharePoint Designer is the process of moving Web site content in a supportable manner from a Web content location to another. You can choose to publish to a remote location or reverse-publish from a remote location to your local computer. Besides publishing, importing, and exporting content from one location to another, SharePoint Designer also provides a Web site packing feature that allows you to package Web sites or portions of Web sites into Web packages that can be unpackaged later at a destination Web content location.
This chapter discusses the various site publishing and management capabilities of SharePoint Designer as applied to non-SharePoint sites. The concept of SharePoint Designer Web publishing doesn't really apply to SharePoint sites, as these sites are authored directly by ...
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