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So let's move on to work, In my
last article you came across how to create a simple website in Expression
Web using predefined templates and In this article you will learn how to
customize the settings of the site we created in the last article. Follow the
Step 1 : Go to the Open site tool in the toolbar and
select open site.
Step 2 : Now as soon as you click on the open site tool a
window as shown below appears and alas!! what you see is the list of sites you
have created so far. In this window it shows only the site that we have created
in the last article and hence we select the site named "mysite".
Step 3 : Now as you have selected the site the page named
"site view" opens up and it shows all the files and folders used in the
site. It basically opens the contents of the entire site selected.
Step 4 : After the site contents are displayed on the
page or you can say on selecting the site to which the changes in the setting
are to be applied. go to the "Site" menu bar and select "site setting".
Step 5 : Selecting the site setting opens up the widow
with four modes of changing the site setting. These modes are :
Step 6 : Learning each mode thoroughly we start with the
General mode. In this you see the first option that appears is Site name, you
can change the name of the site you have opened before and this name will be
used to refer to this site in the future. Hence you can bring changes to the
name of your site from here.
In the general mode you have a check box which is by default
checked to " Maintain The Site Using Hidden Metadata
Files is selected ". This option has to be selected, If it's not selected,
be sure to select it before moving on to the next steps. This is because some
features of Expression Web demand for the dependencies on other pages so
checking this option maintains this feature.
Step 7 : Moving on to the next mode that is the preview
mode. The figure below shows the options provided under the preview tab.
There are mainly two radio buttons in this tab :
Preview Using Website URL : Under this tag there are One check box and four
other radio buttons. By Default the check box is checked and the radio buttons
shows that either Microsoft Expression Development server can only be used in
ASP.NET and PHP pages or for all the web pages and Either use the PHP
executables in the application options or for only this website. You may
choose according to the need of application you are working upon. Also there is
a browse option for browsing the PHP executables which becomes visible when you
select to use the Microsoft Expression Development Server in all web pages. Form
here you can select the PHP executable and check its compatibility with the
Preview Using Custom URL For This Website : We use
this option when a site is to be opened remotely through File Transfer Protocol
(FTP). Opening a site through FTP needs to change the path of the application so
that the browser responds well to the application For example : the path of the
application is "mspanwar/mysite/default.htm" then you have to change the
path to "http:// mysite/default.htm". This makes the browser feel as the
application is being run from the local machine itself.
Step 8 : Next is the Advanced tab the Figure below shows the headings
under this tab:
There are two checkboxes under the Advanced tab named :
Hide Files And Folders That Begin With an Underscore
Character ('_') check box : This option provides the flexibility to the
developer to hide special files and folders from
other users and editors of the site. Moreover there are other options too under
this heading i.e. Server Message Language Setting, In this you
can select comfortable language for the server message. Also there is
Default Page Encoding setting in which you can specify the default encoding,
which is useful when you are creating non-English pages
Ignore The Keyboard When Deciding The Encoding Of New
Pages : This option serves best when you design a page in a language that
doesn't match the designer's keyboard setting.
At the bottom there is a button
for deleting temporary files. This option is often useful as temporary files are
periodically created in Expression Web and need to be removed to prevent any
abnormal behavior while previewing pages.