Why does the whole site upload each time?

When I upload my website the whole site seems to upload taking an age. Why is that?


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All by itself, Freeway doesn’t do that. Actions can make it happen, though. If you have certain Actions applied to pages in your site, those pages will always upload, irrespective of any design changes.

If you don’t have any Action applied to your page, then the other thing to consider is whether your Mac’s clock is set correctly. Each time you successfully upload a document, a _siteinfo file is updated with a listing of all files uploaded and their modification time as reported by the server. This file is consulted next time you upload. A certain amount of drift is allowed between the server and your Mac, but outside of a certain interval either way, the file will just be considered to have been modified, and will be re-uploaded.

Walter

On Oct 15, 2013, at 1:10 PM, Graham Meigh wrote:

When I upload my website the whole site seems to upload taking an age. Why is that?


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Graham, do you use the Box Sizing Action in your site? This one is causing the same problem on my site. I have contacted Softpress and today they confirmed it. They are working on a solution.

I am very interested in your expiriences!


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Yes, I am indeed using the Box Sizing Action.


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Well Graham, then now you know why the republishing happens.
I hope someone at Softpress reads this, and will be able to update the Box Sizing Action soon.


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And what about creating the “box-sizing” as an extra Style via Style context menu? This is an affair of approximately 2 minutes, so probably the half of one upload.

Following Paul Irish:

http://www.paulirish.com/2012/box-sizing-border-box-ftw/

this would look in Freeway something like:

Note:

This is set to be page-wide (global which the asterisk indicates).

Cheers

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Thomas,
Never thought of a solution like that.
So, the only thing I have to do is define a new style; make a copy of the one you included from evernote?

Thanks!


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Yep - that’s exactly what I am used to do. Nothing more required.

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The Action has now been updated. Please let us know if you have any problems with it: http://actionsforge.com/actions/view/294-css3-box-sizing

FYI, the advantage to using this Action is that it will convert item widths to fractional percentages. If you’ve selected padding-box as the sizing method then the padding will also be converted to fractional percentages.

Cheers,
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That’s really easy indeed! I will then remove the action and I am very very curious. I will then be freed from the republishing every page every time? That will be great! Dass würde wirklich sehr toll sein! (German for ‘that will be great’).


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Joe, thanks for the fast solution! Will try it anyway, even though Thomas provided another option.


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Well Joe, indeed, problem solved!


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Great Joe. That saves so much time.


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On 15 Oct 2013, 5:10 pm, Graham Meigh wrote:

When I upload my website the whole site seems to upload taking an age. Why is that?

Is there any way to ‘tell’ an individual file not to upload?
I have a situation where a very big Quicktime movie was required on a page. I uploaded the movie via the webdisk (so that I could get on with the design of the page while it was uploading) but whenever I upload the changes to the server, it always sticks on this file, even though it is already ON the server in the right location for the path instructions to link to it.
I have tried leaving it to upload while I went home for my tea, but when I returned, the upload had lost connection with the server (a thing which is happening far too often) and every time I try a fresh upload, the same thing happens. If I could just select individual files, to simply skip them and move on to the next item, this would be great.

I tried a partial solution, I simply stopped the upload whenever it got to this file and I found the page worked perfectly - the only snag is that any files needed for the other changes, which come AFTER this one, will not upload.


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I also have the problem with the site uploading everything each time with only minor changes. What else can I check? What other Actions cause this? So frustrated


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Anything that modifies styles is a good candidate for causing this behavior. If you change the font color in a style that’s used across all pages, that will “dirty” all pages instantly. And a dirty page will always re-create and re-upload all of its child elements, even massive MOV or PDF files.

As far as Actions go, there are very few that deliberately do this – Link to Page is one that springs to mind – but some (and I don’t have a list off the top of my head) do inadvertently.

Can you please open up Edit / Actions, and note down all of the Action names that have a number (not a —) next to them in the Used column? That will tell you precisely where to start your investigation. My hunch is that this is more style related than anything else.

Walter

On Mar 28, 2014, at 8:28 AM, Patricia wrote:

I also have the problem with the site uploading everything each time with only minor changes. What else can I check? What other Actions cause this? So frustrated


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One other thing I forgot. Check your Mac’s clock. Seriously. If it’s more than a dozen or so seconds wrong (you do have it set to automatically set itself to time.apple.com, don’t you?) then your FTP server and your Mac will disagree about the modification date of the files on the server, and Freeway will do the cautious thing by replacing the “old” versions on the server with the “new” versions on your Mac.

Walter

On Mar 28, 2014, at 8:28 AM, Patricia wrote:

What else can I check?


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I’m wondering if the clock thing could be the issue I’m having (and if so what do you do about it?): I have the video background action on a test page and when I upload it goes through the three videos (10 minute process each time I try) and then once videos are uploaded the process stops and says “cannot complete upload because we failed to connect”.
Any advice greatly appreciated.
Chris


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Ah, sounds like you are having the same annoying thing I used to get until I got a work around provided by Walter with his action called VideoJS.

I can’t give you an answer about why FW uploads everything every time, even after the simplest of changes to a web page - but it does, and, like you, I was so frustrated when my service providers server (JustHost) was unreachable part way through the upload, causing me to start all over again.

The VideoJS used to ask for the name of your video and then upload it to the server. I could never understand why, when it was already there. I wrote to Walter about this and he made a change to his action which made it the same as Audio.JS which is able to link to a file which is already on the server.

This allows you to upload the file (audio or video) to the server and then simply use the audio or video.JS to link to that using the path name - this proved to be a HUGE time saver for me as it now only takes seconds to upload the changes because it doesn’t upload the video every time. Hope that helps.


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In your System Preferences, make sure that your Mac is set to synch with a time server (usually time.apple.com, but there are different flavors for various countries). All servers (I say that with some conviction) are already synched to the global time standard, so ensuring that this is the case for you means that you will always be in synch with the server. But since this is the default, and you would have had to turn it off when you got your Mac, I’m not sure that this is going to be the issue for you. More likely, one of the other signals that Freeway interprets as meaning the page has changes is to blame here. If you follow Alex’s tip, you can work around the issue of the large files killing your upload.

Walter

On Apr 19, 2014, at 10:16 AM, Chris Francis wrote:

I’m wondering if the clock thing could be the issue I’m having (and if so what do you do about it?)


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