A site map is a detailed image of all the linked connections and functional aspects of a website. Viewing a site map helps flesh out website details pertaining to its organisation. Creating a site map with "Adobe Dreamweaver CS5" is slightly tricky because default settings have the site map tool turned off. Enabling the tool is quite simple, requiring only a few quick steps. Then, creating a site map is a breeze.
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Click the "Start" button at the bottom left corner of the screen.
Type "regedit" into the "Search program and files" field and press "Enter" on the keyboard. Double-click on "regedit.exe" to open the registry program.
Click on the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER" folder in "regedit," click on the "Software" folder and click on the "Adobe" folder to gain access to Adobe registry files.
Click on the "Dreamweaver CS5" folder and click on the "Features Management" folder to access the "CS5" features registry files.
Double-click on "SiteMap" in the "Features Management" folder. Highlight the word "FALSE" in the "Value Data" field and type in the word "TRUE" in its place.
Double-click on the "CS5" icon on your desktop to start the program or click on the "Start" button, type in "CS5" in the "Search programs and files" field and double-click on "CS5.exe."
Open the project for which you're creating a site map by clicking on "File," selecting "Open" from the drop menu and choosing the project from the list.
Click on the "Local View" drop menu found in the panel on the right side of the "CS5" window and select "Map view" from the list.
Click on the site map image that pops up in the same panel and drag it out of the panel to create a stand-alone site map file.
Click on the "Arrow" button on the top right corner of the site map window, select "Save" from the list, and click on the "Save" button to save the site map as an image file.
Tips and warnings
- Look through the site map to find any inconsistency with the layout and organisation of your project and make any changes based on your findings.
- Send the site map image to a partner, friend or adviser to seek advice and website organisation tips.
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