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Is this normal Power CMS behavior?

Thread began 3/17/2012 11:34 am by Jared Lui | Last modified 3/20/2012 3:18 pm by Jared Lui | 745 views | 3 replies |

Jared Lui

Is this normal Power CMS behavior?

Using: DW 5.5
Only extension are: Form Toolkit 1.0; Universal Email 4.0.1; SecurityAssist 2.0.3; CSS Form Builder 1.0.2; DataAssist 2.1.0; Design Extender 1.0.2

So I created a new site and only have these files/folders in it:
css (folder w/several css files)
images (folder w/several images)
js (folder w/several js and font files)
index.php (file)

I have two other folders with misc. images and a template folder with a .dwt I was messing with. My images folder has about 100 images that were not relevant to the index.php page im working on (only a handful are) and my css file was very heavily customized and had about a weeks worth of into it.

Using this tutorial, adding_content.html, after having watched several video tutorials:

I tried to "add content to Power CMS" by selected a small bit of content on my index.php page. I added my connection and then was asked at one point if I wanted to push the files to my testing server. I clicked OK and it started copying files.

Now here's my question and issue: Is this next part expected behavior?
Keep in mind I understand that it will create files for the CMS and the helper files that go along with it, plus whatever files are needed for the editable region/cms function. This is what happened:
It created:
admin_cms (folder)
Connections (folder)
CSSMenuWriter (folder)
install_cms (folder)
WA_CMS (folder)
WA_DataAssist (folder)
WA_Globals (folder)
WA_SecurityAssist (folder)
WA_ValidationToolkit (folder)
WADbSearch (folder)
webassist (folder)

Overwrote my main .css file (almost a weeks worth of customizing) with this:
#outerWrapper #contentWrapper #leftColumn1 {
#outerWrapper #contentWrapper #content {
margin:30px 100px 0 100px;

It didn't seem to touch any other css files however I'm not sure it didn't touch or replace any js.

ALSO, it copied ALL of my existing files and folders to the testing server (overwriting my .css file with the new blank one) including all of the 100 irrelevant images, HOWEVER, it DID NOT copy any of the new files or folders it created (except for maybe some files it may have created in the images, css and js folders I already had like it did with the .css file).

I'm pretty sure this is not supposed to work this way. It did not happen in the video tutorials I watched. I have to now recreate most of my work from the last week (per usual whenever I try a new extension as they are usually full of surprises but I keep doing it - my fault)

Anyway, I guess my real question is what files and folders should I expect to see when this works correctly? I want a full list, please. And yes, I'll upgrade to 1.0.3


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Ray BorduinWebAssist

I apologize that this happened to you. I see that we do use a pretty common naming scheme, so I'll try to get that updated in the next version to prevent this circumstance.

It uses the css file names /css/styles.css and css/admin.css, so you would have to be careful to not use those file names.

The script file names are probably at least a little more obscure.

For a complete list of files you can go to:
%appdata%/Adobe/Dreamweaver [your version]/en_us/shared/webassist/PowerCMS/CMS/

That is the folder that is copied into your site.

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Jared Lui

Thanks Ray and sorry if my post sounded snippy.

I got everything back to where it was was and backed up my entire directory to an outside directory and started over with the CMS process. As expected I got the same results.

I think it would be a good idea to either append ALL of the created files in those folders: images, css and js with "cms_" or put them in their own directory. It overwrites more than just style.css and admin.css although I have not compared every file yet. I know offhand it overwrote my logo.png file.

The other thing that happens that I am unsure if this is expected behavior or not is that if you click OK to put the files, it will create the WA_xxxxx directories and files but does not put them on the server. It does copy ALL of the contents of these existing folders though, Connections, css, images and js.

While I am not that concerned about it not copying over the WA_xxxx stuff as I can do that manually, what I don't like is that it arbitrarily copies over files that it should not. I know that this is tied to the first issue and should be addressed in the next release/patch as you stated.

In the meantime I will try the manual method and see what happens. Just wanted to bring this to your attention in case you were not aware.


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Jared Lui

One more issue

This came up all three times that I've tried the CMS so far.

Error in insertToTable:
TypeError: tTag.toUpperCase is not a function

it allows me to continue so I have no clue what this will or will not do. And no, I still have not updated to .3 So forgive me if this may have been addressed already. Just adding this to my thread while on the subject.

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