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Problems with Site Sculptor {SS} Wizard

Thread began 12/27/2010 3:08 pm by don324575 | Last modified 12/27/2010 3:34 pm by Ray Borduin | 801 views | 1 replies |


Problems with Site Sculptor {SS} Wizard

Dear Sirs:

Sorry to bother you with this Bah Humbug message from your oldest client.

Background: Working on Dell with/CS3/DW 9.0, Windows XP Pro system. Built with WebAssist/Site Assist. Purchased Site Sculptor {SS} a few months ago. Finding it frustrating and not user-friendly. Would like to master SS for many reasons.

See attached Word file [couldn't attach due to your file size limitations]. Here's extracted copypoints only:

"SS will not allow me to get back to “WebAssist > Preset Manager.”

I was only one-third of the way through SS Wizard when I had to click on SS/Wizard “Finish.” I saved my “work-in-progress” as “FineArt1.”

After clicking on “Import” {above}, I get this strange Windows Explorer-like window below. Notice “Files of Type” below. Have no idea of how to get back to my “work-in-progress” project.

Also, it looks like the WA/SS Wizard assumes I want to finish building my site and immediately upload the site to the Web Hosting Company {WHC} server. This is a bad assumption on the part of WA/SS Wizard.

I still have to add Body Copy Content, XML Flash slide show treatments where you see the “Voodoo Rose” image and blurb in attached files.

How do I get back to my “work-in-progress” project or do I have to start all over again??? Not good!!!

Trying another SS route — within DW see the folders and files that were generated by SS Wizard when I clicked on “Finish” {even though I wasn’t “Finished”}.

I then opened, within DW, “sitesculptor_template.dwt” and “index.html”.

The below image is seen in DW/Firefox “preview” mode when you open “index.html” file in DW. You see a portion of your “Midnight Oasis” Template.

You can see above where I have already identified the “departments” of content within the SS Wizard, e.g., “Gallery,” “Biography,” etc.

Below is the “sitesculptor_template.dwt” file that shows an Interior Site page with “HOME Page” in the horizontal nav strip.

SS baffled! And yes, I’m printing out every WA/SS “help” document I can find.

Q. Do I need to start over and re-do the “partial work” I had already done on “Midnight Oasis/Portfolio” options?

Q. How do I find the EXACT pixel measurements for <td/tr’s> so I know how to size the images I want to insert into sections of the SS Template, e.g., “Masthead,” “Body Copy/Content section” where you have the diamond ring/blurb, etc.?”

Q. Can you guide me on how to massage the color treatment on “Midnight Oasis?” See attached comp indicating what client wants in overall look.

Q. Doesn’t WA/SS have a basic “Sign Up Form” module [“From,” “Name,” “Email,” “Phone,” “Comment”] to insert on a “Contact” page? With or without “Captcha” technology to defeat spammers.

Professional colleagues are urging that I leave WA/SS and embrace other Template modules, but would like to stick with WA/SS."

Also, see other images attached that hopefully will help you help me.

Merry Christmas!


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Ray BorduinWebAssist

Site Sculptor can't be edited once created. You would probably have to start over by deleting the site that was created and clearing your database if you have accessed the live site.

To find the exact size you can usually view the .css that defines the measurements. I find Firebug very useful for finding the correct size of a particular area when viewed from a browser.

You can probably make the updates to the template after the pages have been generated from the wizard using dreamweaver. The page design will be inherited from a dreamweaver template that can be edited in dreamweaver directly.

The webassist FormBuilder product can create a form like you describe and send an email, and you could use DataAssist, or the built in Database Insert server behavior in Dreamweaver to insert the information into a databased.

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