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Adobe SiteMill 1.0, Part 2
Site Management Made Easy

by Marshal Rosenthal

The Site window displays the relationships among files, and does so similarly to that of a folder in the Finder. Here is where you can safely sort files and subfolders, display page anchors, rename or rearrange files, create new folders, and examine incoming/outgoing links for any linked files. Doing any of these functions in the actual Finder negates SiteMill's ability to keep track of what's happening, so you must work within this window.

Operations are done with the conventional Finder-like mode of double-clicking on an icon. SiteMill also supports drag-and-click, so moving files around is easy. This also applies to bringing in files from other sources, such as contact managers, address books, and the like. It's not necessary to load the entire site if just a subfolder is being worked on, but to have SiteMill check everything, the entire master folder must be loaded.

To view incoming/outgoing links, you click and hold on the icon portion of the Site window that's to the right of the named files. By holding down the mouse over the incoming or outgoing link buttons, you'll see a list of links referencing back to the page listed on the left. If a red question mark appears next to one of the files, it means that the link has been broken in some fashion; perhaps the image was renamed in the Finder or moved or deleted. The next step then is to select the broken link, which brings up a requester to locate the file to replace or use. Once this is done, SiteMill updates everything in relationship to your action throughout the entire Web site.

Figure 1 also shows an unreferenced file with no icon to the right, just an X. To get rid of it, simply drag it from the Finder into the trash. Other than this exception, replacement of bad links is done through a requester. Choose Replace Links to bring up the window and then drag the link you are replacing it with from the Site or External References window out into the Find Every Link To option. The replacement link is then dragged into the And Replace It With A Link To option. Of course, you can also just type in the URL. A simple click on Replace All then takes care of the rest.

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