Publish new web site over old

(Eileen Nesbit) #1

Have web site created in Dreamweaver in windows by person who has gone away. Have created a new web site in Rapidweaver which I want publish to same url. Have downloaded existing web site onto windows based computer. Do I have to delete all the files before I can publish new one via Rapidweaver and apple mac.

(Rob D) #2

Sure. As long as you have the backup of your old site (just in case you decide to revert to the old one), you should delete all files created with another app. Make sure though you don’t delete other peripheral files, like SSL/TLS certificate (if you have one), for example.

(Eileen Nesbit) #3

Thanks for your reply - how do I know which files I should keep do they have a different extension. Sorry if this seems simple. Can I save the old web site to a different folder to keep it separate or is it just bette to delete files - thanks

(Rob D) #4

I presume you know how to use an FTP app (like Transmit, Yummy, Filezilla, etc.) to upload/download/delete files within your public_html folder on a server?

Once you get inside that folder, you will find files and folders there. You can delete everything that is inside. If you see a folder named .well-known, leave it alone, because that is needed for your security certificate.

You could do that, but I think it is a better idea to just keep a backup on your computer and delete the old site from server (for better clarity in the future).

(Greg Schneck) #5

Rovertek is spot on. I also suggest learning what every file is for is BEFORE you delete it. Obviously html and php files are web pages, jpg, etc are images files. But you need to know what EVERY file is doing. DO NOT delete any htaccess files, php config files, etc. Also, some services like Google Analytics require a file with a specific name to authentic the site.

If you are doing websites you need to know these files and this will be a good learning experience for you. So use ftp to access the site and then jump in. If you come upon a file which you don’t know what it is just ask here.

Once you start building in Rapidweaver continue to use ftp to “monitor” your site. You will upload a “test” page once in a while, or rename pages. RW does not delete these “old” files. You must do it manually (you don’t want them indexed by search engines!) So it’s good to learn early. In fact, I recommend the beginner output files to a local folder and then upload with FTP. This is a great way to see what RW does with folder structure, what files are uploading with different changes, etc.

That’s my experience… yours may vary…