Terry's Second Site Tips

Second Site Basics

This page updated 5 May 2009

Version note: Applies to Second Site 5 & 6

This article provides a few tips on some basic functions in using Second Site to create webpages that can be shared by CD or by posting to a website. It is based on John Cardinal's 6 Steps to Second Site, which you may prefer to consult because it has links to other helpful pages on John's site.

John's recommended six steps to create your first site are:

1. Start the program

TMG should not be running when you use Second Site.

International Users: if you use a TMG "Collate sequence" other than "General" or "Machine," see the section on that topic in my Second Site Issues article.

2. Make a "Site Definition File"

Use the File > New... command to make a new Site Definition File (SDF). Second Site stores the options you select to customize your site in this file.

After you specify a file name the "Read default values from:" prompt will appear:

Set Default Values screen

Select "English - Standard" unless your TMG project is working in another language.

3. Identify your TMG database

Click the "Set Database..." button in the Data > Database section, navigate to your TMG database in the File Open dialog, and click "Open."

Data > Database screen

4. Give your site a name

Enter a title for your site in the Title field in Pages > Site section. Add a subtitle if you like:

Pages > Site screen

In the screenshot above I'd entered a Title and Subtitle.

5. Identify yourself

Enter your name in the Name field in the Pages > Compiler section. Fill in the other fields in that section if you like:

Pages > Compiler screen

In this screenshot I've entered my name, address, and e-mail address.

6. Make the site

Use the File > Make Site command, or click the "Make Site" button on the toolbar, to make the site:

Make Site button

When Second Site is done making the site, a window will open with some status messages and some command buttons. Click the "Browse Site" button to open the main page of your site:

Completion screen

That's all there is to it! Your site is done, ready to review. After looking at it, you may want to look at John's very helpful website for more details about how to refine the site to your preferences, starting with his Using Second Site page. You may also want to look at my Second Site Overview article for some ideas for refining your site.


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