With the HTML Editor, you can import published webpages from the Internet and open them in the program. To do this, go to File > Open From Web. This opens the Open From Web window, which allows you to enter the URL of the page you wish to open and to specify options for saving this file to your computer.

 

Note: A few things about this function before we describe how you use it. First, it can only be used to download one file at a time. If you want to download multiple files from a website, you may want to use an FTP client such as Direct FTP or Free FTP to download several files at once.

Second, this option works best if you are downloading an HTML page that does not use PHP or SSI, because scripting languages like these can add code to a published page. As a result, you may not download the correct HTML.

Finally, if the page doesn't load correctly, the server may be responding slowly. In this case, repeat the Open From Web function and see if that fixes the problem.

All right, now that you know what this function can and cannot do, let's get started! The first step is to enter the URL for the exact webpage you want to download. For instance, say you wanted to emulate the oh-so-snazzy design of the CoffeeCup About Us page. You would have to type that entire URL into the URL to Open From Web field. If you tried just using http://www.coffeecup.com, you'd get the CoffeeCup Software homepage — still snazzy, but not the page you were looking for.

Once you've entered the URL of the page you want to download, it's time to choose where you would like to download the file and what parts of the page you would like to download. That's where the Options tab comes into play:

Download Only the HTML Page (Without Images or Other Required Files) and Open it in the Editor

This option downloads only the HTML from the page. That means any images, CSS, JavaScript, and anything else associated with the page won't be downloaded. This option also does not save the file to your computer. Instead, it just opens the HTML in the Editor. This is a good option if you want to get your hands on the raw structure of the page and start editing it right away. Once you're done making your edits, you can save the file normally.

Save to Disk

This option saves the page to a location you specify on your computer. To specify a location, click the Browse icon and choose the folder where you want the file saved. If you choose to save to disk, you can also use the provided checkboxes to:

  • Have the page open in the Editor after it has been saved to your computer
  • Download images that appear in the page
  • Download related files such as CSS and scripts
  • Open related CSS files in the HTML Editor

These options come in handy if you want to work with more than just the page HTML.

The last step is to switch over to the Proxy Settings tab, where you can enter proxy information if necessary.

To be honest, if you aren't sure whether you should use this information, chances are really good that you do not have to. If you want to be extra-sure, contact your hosting provider, and they'll be able to give you a definitive answer.

Once you've configured all your settings, go ahead and click Open. You can track the progress of your download in the Download Status area at the bottom of the window. When it's done, edit your newly downloaded files normally.