[Express] Non-Freeway websites

I have enjoyed constructing my latest website using Freeway. However, I have 36 earlier websites which were constructed with GoLive, which no longer functions with Lion. If I wish to add to or alter one of these websites, I have been forced to go back to the HTML code which is OK, but rather unpleasant! Is there anything that Freeway can do to help here? Or some other work around? With thanks,
Paul S.


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Freeway’s internal document model is not HTML, so as a result, it cannot read HTML very well. (Pro has an import HTML feature, but most people only try it once.) On the other hand, it writes HTML like an artificial intelligence – i.e. better than most humans could.

What most people do in your situation is to weigh the cost/benefit of rebuilding the site in Freeway. If you’re making a typo correction, then by all means break out the text editor and use find and replace. If you know (or suspect) that there’s much more work to be done in the future, then take the hour or two it will take you to rebuild the site in Freeway. Working from screenshots, and with a browser open alongside Freeway (and a sufficiently large screen) you can duplicate a site very very quickly. Once it’s in Freeway, it’s so malleable that the ease of future changes will repay the investment of time.

Walter

On Mar 8, 2012, at 6:17 AM, Paul Scott wrote:

I have enjoyed constructing my latest website using Freeway. However, I have 36 earlier websites which were constructed with GoLive, which no longer functions with Lion. If I wish to add to or alter one of these websites, I have been forced to go back to the HTML code which is OK, but rather unpleasant! Is there anything that Freeway can do to help here? Or some other work around? With thanks,
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Thanks Walter. I thought that might be the answer!!!
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A second thought … . It is possible to add Freeway pages to an old site, by just uploading the site files. I have had a little fun getting the links right though!
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Absolutely. You can set what Freeway calls “External Links” to the other pages already on the server, and you can force Freeway to name its pages (the filename, that is) to match an existing page already on your server once you are ready to have Freeway replace that existing page. That way your links would continue to work before and after.

Walter

On Mar 8, 2012, at 3:56 PM, Paul Scott wrote:

A second thought … . It is possible to add Freeway pages to an old site, by just uploading the site files. I have had a little fun getting the links right though!
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… one late note:

If you have a portfolio of 40 websites and yet worked with GoLive I’d recommend to update your Express version to Pro if affordable.

It’s just a guess, but 40 projects sounds like “lot of features and probably lot of customer wishes built in” that may harder to tackle with Express than within the Pro environment (layers, scripty-actions …).

But if you are anyway familiar with code-handling (and happy with Express yet) forget what I said.

Cheers

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Thanks Thomas. I have been happy with Express so far, and found it sufficient for my needs. However, there may come a time when it won’t cope with what I’m trying to do! There have been previous sites where I found layers useful.
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