Manage websites using hidden metadata files in Microsoft Expression Web

In case of local websites, when you update a DWT (Dynamic web Tempate) and save it, only the open pages that are linked to the DWT are updated. Closed pages will not be updated. But if ‘Manage the web site using hidden metadata files‘ option is turned on, then with the help of the hidden metadata files, all the related pages will be updated.

Pages will not be updated if hidden metadata is not allowed. So to turn that on;

Go to Site > Site Settings > General tab. Check the box next to the option ‘Manage the web site using hidden metadata files’.

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Once the hidden metadata is enabled, even if you move the files within your website, the links (in both open and closed pages) to these files will be automatically updated.

In case of live sites, if you are using FTP with Expression Web then you should be able to enable hidden metadata files in the same way as you did in local websites.

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About the Author: Minal is a freelance web and graphics designer. She specializes in designing Logos, Stationery, Graphics and Icons as well as website templates using graphical tools like Photoshop, Illustrator and Expression Web. Twitter @saffronstroke

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