A few months ago, I went to Paul, who is one of our Lead Developer to suggest, what I thought is a great new feature, that we should enable our users to register their own Site Templates so that they will be available on the New Site dialog.Then Paul kindly told me that I can do that today. I was pleasantly surprised. But when he patiently walked me through the process, I thought "How would anyone, like me, know how to do this without any instruction?".
After doing some searches online, I noticed that some of you already figured this out. But for others I hope these insights help. It requires you to do many steps manually and you have to have administrator rights to your machine. Hopefully, in future versions of Expression Web, we are able to improve the experience.
So here it is:
The Site templates shipped with Expression Web can be found in a folder like this, depending where it is installed. C:\Program
Files\Microsoft Expression\Web 3\en\WEBS. Out of the box, the folder has the following contents.
Here's an example contents of a template (*.tem) folder:
Here's the contents of the ORG1.INF file:
So, here's the workflow to register your custom Site Templates in Expression Web 1, 2 or 3:
To test this out, I added a Site template I downloaded from Zen Garden and here's how my New Site dialog looks like:
Sayuri Wijaya Gouldsayuriw@microsoft.comExpression Web Program Manager
Update to this blog post – this offer is extended through Jan 31, 2010!
For a limited time there is a discount of 30% on all Microsoft Expression version 3 products (Microsoft Expression Studio + Expression Web, both full and upgrade versions) when purchased through the Microsoft Online Store. A special promo code is NOT required and this is available only in the *US*. This offer is valid through December 28, 2009 11:59 p.m. Check it out:
Raena Jackson Armitage , SitePoint Community Leader and hand-coder, recently checked out the code editor and PHP support in Expression Web 3 and wrote up a review of her experience:
Last month we blogged about a Firefox bug our customers encountered using SuperPreview with Firefox version 3.5.5. This bug caused Firefox 3.5 to stop working with SuperPreview on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. With the newest release of Firefox 3.5.6, the Mozilla team has fixed the aforementioned bug. We recommend that you update to this latest version of Firefox 3.5 to use it again in SuperPreview. If you followed the steps in the previous blog post to revert to an earlier version of Firefox, you may now turn auto-updates back on.
Michelle Rosenthal Microsoft Expression Web