Lesson 3: Site Management Features


Few web pages exist in isolation. Most are part of larger websites, with complex webs of links between pages. Large organizations typically have web design teams - groups of designers, coders, and managers working on various components of a site simultaneously. Managing the design and maintenance of large websites can be organizationally challenging. However, web authoring software provides a variety of features that assist in this process. This lesson provides an overview of some of those features.

Learner Outcomes

At the completion of this exercise, you will be able to:

What can you do with site management features?

The following is a list of some of the common site management features available in web authoring software. Some software comes bundled with these features. Other software requires the installation of plug-ins or extensions, many of which are available for free from the vendor website. These features distinguish the commercial software products from the free ones. Free web authoring software tends to provide tools for creating and editing web pages, but few if any of these tools provide many, if any, features for managing websites. The following list includes a few of the types of functions you might find in a commercial web authoring software product.


Setting up a Site

In order to use the site management features within web authoring software, you must first create a site. You could create a new site, but if you already have a site (such as the web portfolio you've created in this class) you simply need to setup that site within your web authoring software, so the software recognizes it as a site. Once you have completed this step, you will be able to use your software's various site management functions. Below are instructions for a few popular web authoring software programs. If you're using a different program, the procedure might be similar to these.

Adobe Dreamweaver

The following steps work for most versions of Dreamweaver, and have been tested from Dreamweaver MX 2004 through Dreamweaver CS5.5:

  1. From the main menu, select Site > Manage Sites.
  2. Select the New... button, then select Site.
  3. This launches the Site Definition wizard, which walks you through the process of setting up your site.
  4. Now that your site has been defined within Dreamweaver, you can use a variety of Dreamweaver's site functions, most of which are available within the Site menu.

Microsoft Expression Web

To set up a website using Microsoft Expression Web 4, follow these steps:

  1. From the main menu, select Site > Open Site .
  2. In the Open Site dialog, browse to the folder where your website is stored, then click Open.
  3. Expression will display all files and folders in the current directory. Site management functions can be accessed by clicking on the Reports tab (located by default at the bottom of the window) or the Tools menu. See below for a screen shot.
Screen shot of Site Summary from Microsoft Expression, including number of files, pictures, slow pages, older files, broken hyperlinks, and more

All done?

Share your printed reports with your instructor. Then move on to Module 2.