Today we’re going to show you how to get your Visual Site Designer website live on S-Drive.

For most of you, Visual Site Designer (VSD) does not need an introduction. It’s an easy-to-use, very flexible web design program, and has been rated the #1 WYSIWYG web editing software by many review sites and magazines. If you’re a visual person, this is your app!

And now that Visual Site Designer publishes directly to S-Drive, getting your site live on the web has become easier as well. Uploading is lightning-fast, and you don’t have to know anything about directory structures or FTP settings. Time to show you how this works!

First, you’ll need a website made with VSD. Start with a theme if you like speed and guaranteed good looks. Just add text and images, placing them wherever you want. You can always make something that’s all yours from scratch later!

When your site is ready, it’s time to set up your CoffeeCup account. You will only need to do this once, unless you want to publish your site to a different location later:

  1. Go to Publish > CoffeeCup S-Drive Settings, enter your CoffeeCup account information (user name and password), and click Save. You will now see a happy smiley face.

  1. Then go to Publish > Choose a Publishing Destination, select the location you intend to publish to, and click Save. You can repeat this step any time you wish to publish to a different S-Drive Site.

You’re all set up! Now you can publish to Visual Site Designer with one click. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. With your website ready to go, click the Publish toolbar icon.
  2. ……

That’s right—it’s a one-step process! VSD will upload your website to the Site you configured and give you a link to view your website. Your website is always evolving, so it’s nice to have the ability to upload whenever you feel like it—and VSD brings this power directly to you. Publish as often as you like, and your site will be live each time.

Having multiple addresses in your S-Drive account gives you lots of flexibility. You might use one Site to live test during the planning/designing phase, then switch to the main Site for the big publish.

Don’t own Visual Site Designer yet? You can get it here.

Class dismissed. See you next time!