RapidWeaver FAQ - Multiple websites







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Can I manage multiple websites in RapidWeaver? How?



Of course you can manage multiple websites with RapidWeaver.

Chapter 1: Managing and editing multiple websites
Chapter 2: Publishing to the same server and domain
Chapter 3: Publishing to different servers and/or different domains
Chapter 4: Useful projects tricks
Chapter 5: Two out of one (split) and one out of two (merge) projects



Chapter 1: Managing and editing multiple websites


RapidWeaver offers various ways to manage different websites: projects and folders.

You may be interested in different topics like football and music. Having a single website about both doesn't make much sense to me. So I would recommend you to have two standalone websites (one about football and one about music) and have each website published to a different domain. The domain should be on topic since it's also used as a keyword in search results. Having a football website published under a music domain may also be confusing to your visitors (Read:
Publishing to different servers and/or different domains)

Of course you could also have a single website whose content is divided in different categories. Like when you have a website about a country you may have politics, culture, geography, demography, history, ... (Read:
Publishing to the same server and domain)

Chapter 2: Publishing to the same server and domain


If you have a single website whose content is divided in different categories like when you have a website about a country you may have politics, culture, geography, demography, history, ... I would recommend you to publish different categories to different folders like

http://yourdomain.com/politics/
http://yourdomain.com/culture/

to achieve that under Page Info type in the category where it says Folder. This is having all the pages of the website in the same project so they all show up at the same time in RapidWeaver.

Alternatively you could also have a separate project (File, New Project) for each category so only the category's pages will display in RapidWeaver and not all the pages of all categories at the same time. If you have a website with a lot of pages this may be a good solution. You would then publish the various projects to the same server and location. Also remember to specify the Folder under Page Info for each category. However this would cause you having the main index.html (Home) file multiple times so you would have to make sure it's the same in all the projects.

Chapter 3: Publishing to different servers and/or different domains


To publish to different servers or domains each website should have its own project file (.rwsw). To create a new project file go to File, New Project.

Chapter 4: Useful projects tricks


In RapidWeaver you can have multiple projects (.rwsw) open at the same time which can be really useful.

As an example if you want to have exactly the same page on multiple projects just build the page on one of your projects, duplicate it (ctrl+click, duplicate), take the copy and drag&drop it into your other project.

Of course this can also be used to move some pages from one project to another project. Just drag&drop the page.

Chapter 5: Two out of one (split) and one out of two (merge) projects


If you want to split a project into two go to File, New Project. Move the pages you want to show up in the second project to the new project (drag&drop) so in the first project you will only have the pages you want to show up in the first project.

To merge two projects into one just open them both in RapidWeaver and drag&drop all the pages from one project into the other project. This way all the pages will show up in only one project.


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