Site Folder Question

In my site folder I have, among other things, 20 pdf files that were uploaded to my site. Site visitors can download these individually. I had to make a change in every one of the pdf files. The changed files reside in a folder on my computer.

I’ve read here on the list that one doesn’t like to mess with the site folder. I was wondering, however, if it would be possible to replace the pdf files in the site folder with the revised files and then publish to get them up to the site?

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Martin
Signal Mountain, TN


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Hi Martin,

I often in these cases operate with actions like upload stuff (page) or upload extra resources (element). Both come with limited file numbers but especially UER can be used multiple on your page.

So I can leave all stuff like the pdf’s on its origin places (and do not mess with any folder…). Changes made to the original will automagic upload these to your host.

Upload extra resources action should be available at actionsforge.com

Cheers

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Thanks, Thomas, I’ll give it a try.

Martin

On Mar 14, 2011, at 7:13 AM, Thomas Kimmich wrote:

Hi Martin,

I often in these cases operate with actions like upload stuff (page) or upload extra resources (element). Both come with limited file numbers but especially UER can be used multiple on your page.

So I can leave all stuff like the pdf’s on its origin places (and do not mess with any folder…). Changes made to the original will automagic upload these to your host.

Upload extra resources action should be available at actionsforge.com

Cheers

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I was wondering, however, if it would be possible to replace the pdf files in the site folder with the revised files and then publish to get them up to the site?

Just because you place a file in the Site Folder on your HD does not mean FW will upload it. FW is much smarter than that and if there is a file in there that FW didn’t put there then it will be ignored.

If you use an action to get the PDF into the site folder then FW will treat it as one of its own and upload it to the server with all the rest of the files. And if the original changes then it will upload the changed file.

How did those 20 PDFs get to your server in the first place?

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Thanks for the explanation David. I hadn’t even thought about how they got there originally. The way the thing works is that at

http://www.tennesseegrassfed.com/recipe-index.html

there’s a list of 20 recipe links. When you click on one it takes you to a page with that recipe on it. Each of those recipe pages has a download link with the Force Download action.

So that makes me think that I could just recreate the links to these altered files (which are in a different folder on my desktop from where the original ones were) and then when I uploaded, I assume that they would upload, too. Is that right?

If this works, will they override the files already on the server, or should I go in and delete them from the server before uploading?

Thanks,
Martin

On Mar 14, 2011, at 6:47 PM, DeltaDave wrote:

I was wondering, however, if it would be possible to replace the pdf files in the site folder with the revised files and then publish to get them up to the site?

Just because you place a file in the Site Folder on your HD does not mean FW will upload it. FW is much smarter than that and if there is a file in there that FW didn’t put there then it will be ignored.

If you use an action to get the PDF into the site folder then FW will treat it as one of its own and upload it to the server with all the rest of the files. And if the original changes then it will upload the changed file.

How did those 20 PDFs get to your server in the first place?

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If you have created new PDFs (and not just modified the ones that the Force Download action points to) - then selecting the New PDFs in the FD action palette will deselect the old files and upload the new.

Also FW will know that the originals are no longer required and delete them from the server.

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Thanks, David. It all worked just fine.

Martin

On Mar 14, 2011, at 8:24 PM, DeltaDave wrote:

If you have created new PDFs (and not just modified the ones that the Force Download action points to) - then selecting the New PDFs in the FD action palette will deselect the old files and upload the new.

Also FW will know that the originals are no longer required and delete them from the server.

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