Was hoping to get some insight from some of you folks about a better way to manage my development workflow.
Because I am not using Freeway on a daily basis, just intensely for a few weeks at a time to complete a project, I don’t yet have a good work flow for keeping track of my site elements. Here is what I’m doing, and a current problem I’m experiencing.
Let’s say I put together a site called “Bob’s Bicycles.” On my desktop, I accumulate the graphic elements that I’ll use throughout the site and put the elements in a folder. As I create my pages, I’ll insert the images into the pages, publish and upload the site and make changes until everyone is happy.
The problem (I think) is that Freeway remembers the folder on the desktop where the images were originally pulled from. But later, when cleaning up my desktop, I’ll move that folder somewhere else, and a month or two later when editing the site again, I go to publish and get the errors stating that Freeway can’t find the files. I then go in and point back to the NEW location where I moved the files, until everything is happy again.
This time, unfortunately, I had to recover from a hard drive crash and I lost some of the graphics. When I load the website, I can edit it, seeing all the page elements and graphic files in the site itself, but when I go to publish it, I get errors for all the files Freeway can’t locate. In this particular case, there are a lot of them due to the crash. At some point I was careless and deleted my backup. Yeah, it was stupid, but here I am.
Is there any way I can tell Freeway to export or save all of the files that are already in the site file so that I won’t get the publish errors?
If I look in the resource folder for the site it appears that Freeway truncated the original file names of the graphics to a certain number of characters and then added A, B, C, etc., to the file names. This sucks because I have so many files with similar names where the end of the file had the identifying part of the name; i.e. ‘redflowersummer_rose,’ etc.
I guess ultimately, I’m looking for a better way of storing that initial folder of graphics for each of the sites I work on after the site is created, to prevent this kind of problem in the future. But also, I now have a few hundred graphic elements that I have to sort and reattach one by one to the original site.
I hope this makes sense.
Thanks for any help.
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