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Expression Web 2 not working properly with my network drive.

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Msg#: 3758141 posted 2:15 pm on Oct 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

I am using Expression Web 2 working on websites that are many years old and were developed in Front Page. It seems to really struggle with network drives.

Depending on how I open my site it will misbehave. If I open the website on a shared network drive (we will call it S:) then I have trouble using the Save As feature. If I open a file and try to Save as to make a second similar page it will save the file but open a second Expression Web window with the same site but the network reference will be \\server\site instead of S:. So I close this second instance and referesh the site that was opened from the S: drive so that I can see the second file that I just created.

So to resolve this problem I thought that I would just work with the site from the network path instead of a shared network drive. Now the problem I have discovered is that whenever I go to add a hyperlink it ads it as an absolute reference to my file system rather than a relative reference. A link on page 2 to my home page shows up as:
instead of
If I go back to opening my site from using the netowrk drive S: then the references seem to make more sense.

Another problem I am having is that find and replace works differently depending on if I opened my site as S:\site or \\server\site. It is hit and miss but if I cannot search and replace a particlar string when my site is opened from S: I will close the site and open it from \\server\site and then the find and replace will work.

Is there a know issue using Expression Web 2 on a network drive?
By the way...my server is Windows 2003 SBS and my client is running Windows XP Pro



10+ Year Member

Msg#: 3758141 posted 7:01 pm on Oct 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

I can't comment on Win2003, but I use EW2 with Apache and WebDAV without any problems.

One thing I found was that editing pages 'outside' of WebDAV for example by FTP causes WebDAV to get confused. Perhaps opening your site as S:\site AND \\server\site is having a similar effect?


5+ Year Member

Msg#: 3758141 posted 2:26 pm on Oct 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

That might have something to do with it. The one thing that is strange is that if I open a site on my local drive (C:\site) I don't have any of the same problems. I also don't have the problems if I work with the site directly off the web server (http:\\site). That is why I think that it has something to do with the network drives.

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