RapidWeaver FAQ - Content for a friend


I have created and published a website for myself with RapidWeaver. I was so enthusiastic that I've now promised a friend that I will create one for her. I thought I could create this for her on my Mac save it to CD/DVD and give it to her to load onto her Mac so that she could finish it off and publish it from her Mac (while I reload and continue servicing my website in RapidWeaver on my Mac). How could I achieve this?

First of all your friend needs to have RapidWeaver to be able to edit the website. If she doesn't, there's no way. Please also note that you and your friend have to run the same RapidWeaver version. If she has version 4.0 and you 3.0 then she will be able to open RapidWeaver 3.0 created files. But you will not be able to open her file modified in RapidWeaver 4.0 with RapidWeaver 3.0.

Go to File and select New Project. Now you can create the website for your friend. It will be completely independent from your own website.

Once you're done building the website you can transfer the website from your computer to your friend's computer transferring the .rwsw file where RapidWeaver stores its files. To find it search with Spotlight for “rwsw”. To know where it is located click the result while hitting Command(Apple).

To transfer your .rwsw file from one Mac to the other you can put it on a USB-Stick, on a CD/DVD or if you can do that by establishing a network and have the two computers communicating to each other. If you use MobileMe you can put it on your iDisk but the MobileMe servers are slow so it’s not a good idea if you have a huge .rwsw file. Sending the file by e-mail isn't a good idea either if you have a large file.

Doing so the RapidWeaver file is on both computers (or user accounts). Therefore it is like you duplicate it (like doing a select it and press Command(Apple)+d). They are now completely independent from each other. So when you make a change to one site it will be saved only to the file residing on your computer and not to the other.

To get the site showing up in RapidWeaver you just have to open the file by double clicking on it while RapidWeaver is closed. The location where the file is placed doesn’t matter.

Note 1: Note that you have to change permissions of the file to be able to edit, save changes and publish a website from another user account and from another computer as well.
Select the file press Command(Apple)+i under Ownership & Permissions go to =>Details =>Everyone (or Others) and select Read & Write
You have to do that in the original user account and computer in which the file was created.
If your computer goes nuts and you didn’t change permissions you could find an error while publishing and saving.

Remember to always have a
Backup of your .rwsw files. It's REALLY important.

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