Homesite has very good documentation, but it can be somewhat difficult to find. If you did a full installation, it's on your hard disk in C:\Program Files\Allaire\HomeSite_4.5\Help\Using_HomeSite\contents.htm. Use your file browser to navigate to this folder. Select contents.htm, rightclick, make a shortcut, and drag the shortcut onto your desktop.
Use FTP within HomeSite
You can use FTP within HomeSite to fetch and put pages on your server. Before you do this, use your current ftp setup to look up your ftp server's values, including the path at your server.
To set this up, be sure that the Resource window is open (press F9.)
At the top of the Resource window, click on the Files tab (the one with a little computer.)
Immediately below is a line that reports on your current drive, for example, Hard Disk (C:).
To the right of this, click the dropdown arrow. This lets you select other drives, including an item entitled "Allair FTP & RDS."
Select Allaire FTP & RDS. Rightclick the item and select "Add FTP server."
A configuration window appears. Enter your ftp values. In "initial directory", add the path of the target directory (at the web server.)
If in doubt, contact your ISP and they can help you with this info.
To use, just doubleclick the new item. In the window below, your list of files at the server will appear. Click on one to open it. You can edit it and then save and it will be saved on the server.
Be very careful; this is a great way to wreck your files. It's safer to fetch the files, edit, test, and resend.
Use Projects to create a virtual collection of a website.
To create a project, go to the files display bar at left. At the top, select Projects tab (the globe with a small plus sign.)
To create a new project, click the magic wand. This lets you name the project, select the folder (and subfolders) and types of files.
When you're ready, you can use ftp to upload an entire project.
To edit a tag, click once in the tag and press Ctrl+F4.
To select a whole tag, hold down Ctrl and doubleclick in the tag.
To select a whole block of code (for example, an entire table,) hold down Ctrl+Shift and doubleclick the opening tag.
To see a tree of all linked files, go to the files display bar at left. At the top, select Site View tab.
To see thumbnails of all images, open the Results window (Ctrl+Shift+L.) Select the Thumbnails tab. Right-click in the Results window and select "Reset to current folder."
Search Results can be saved as an HTML document. In the Results window, rightclick and select Browse. This is extremely useful. You can generate a list of all links at your site (search for "href=") and save the list.