Introducing GoLive

Introducing GoLive

GoLive is used to create professional Web sites quickly and efficiently, without the need to know or understand HTML (HyperText Markup Language). You can work with a visual authoring workspace (commonly known as a Design view), or you can work in an environment where you work with the code. You can also work with both modes side by side. GoLive enables you to set up entire Web sites of multiple pages on your hard drive, and then upload them to a Web server. It also allows you to create a bunch of formatting settings, such as CSS styles. GoLive streamlines the Web site creation process, and makes it a lot quicker than writing HTML code by hand.

GoLive has built-in support for CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). CSS is a language that allows you to format parts of your Web pages, such as the color and style of text. CSS can also help you control the layout of the elements on your Web pages and offers a much more efficient way of controlling styles than other ways using HTML. GoLive supports other Web standards, such as Section 501, XHTML, and SVG, enabling you to build Web sites for mobile devices and sites that must be standards-compliant and/or accessible.

You can use guides and grids to lay out the elements on your pages in a visual and hands-on way. A very simple Web page layout is shown in Figure.

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Figure: Laying out Web pages using GoLive makes Web authoring easy.

GoLive allows you to incorporate layouts and elements for your Web sites that were created in other programs such as InDesign or Photoshop. The process of moving between the programs in the Adobe Creative Suite is quick and seamless. You can package up a page or series of pages from InDesign and move to GoLive to prepare the work for the Web. You can even import layered Photoshop files into GoLive.

Finally, GoLive introduces a new tool called Co-Author. Co-Author enables you to design Web sites with templates, which allows your clients or Web site contributors to upload new content to the site without anyone having to actually build new pages.

Technical Stuff 

If you’re familiar with Macromedia Contribute, Co-Author is quite similar to Contribute in several ways. Both programs have a similar purpose (allowing people who aren’t Web designers or programmers to upload content to a site), although each software package has different ways of achieving that result. Both programs are approximately the same price, and have free trials available.

Go to Book VI to find out how to use GoLive to create exciting Web sites that include text, images, and multimedia. You’ll be up and running in no time!

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