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Extra active links--what to do?

Thread began 1/14/2010 11:27 am by sbasgallery388237 | Last modified 1/14/2010 1:57 pm by Jimmy Wu | 939 views | 2 replies |


Extra active links--what to do?

In the process of creating our website, I went through many iterations of page formats and designs. As time passed, I put all of these pages, including their active links, into "iterations" folders, using them occasionally for reference purposes. My question is can I now remove those folders (which include active links) without damaging our site? Appreciate any help on this, James Richards

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I find that the easiest thing to do, is to create a new empty folder in the testing server root directory, and then via 'Manage Sites' in Dreamweaver, go to the Testing Server settings and select that as the new 'Testing server folder:' (and reflect that in the 'Url prefix:' as well).

Then you test out your site by previewing all of the current pages (not the old stuff), so that what you effectively end up with is a clean folder with only the current stuff.

Keep the other stuff in case for a while and for reference, but at least it's all separated out and can be junked when the site has been thoroughly road tested live.

Also I'm not sure what you mean by still having active links. That would all depend on whether the old files were linked to the new, or the new files linked to the old.

As well as sending stuff 'clean' to a new temporary Testing Server folder, you could check all links site-wide in DW (Ctrl+F8) once you've cleansed the site files to spot any potential problems. The key, I suppose, is to keep the old stuff backed up until the new stuff is thoroughly proved.

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Jimmy Wu

As Neilo said, a good idea is to make a backup copy before modifying anything. If the old pages are linked to the updated pages, you shouldn't have any issue removing them, but if your live pages (ones that users can get to) still link to the old pages, you will have to modify the links or there will be broken links in your site. If we've misunderstood what you're asking about, please clarify.

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