How do I connect to my site using Expression Web?

1. Open Microsoft Expression Web. 

2. With a Site open in Expression Web, click Site, then Publishing to open the Site Settings dialog box and the Publishing tab.




3. In the Site Settings dialog click Add. The Connection Settings dialog box will open.




4. Leave the Connection Type at the default FTP setting.

  • You will be able to find the Location of your local files using the Browse button.
  • The Directory should be named: www
  • The Credentials are your FTP Username and Password.
  • Uncheck Passive FTP 



Adding the Publishing Destination

After you finish editing the connection settings, you’re ready to add it as a publishing destination for future use.

In the Site Settings dialog click Add to add the destination.




Under the Options section, choose the options you want to publish with and click OK. We recommend using the Optimize HTML feature during publishing option with care, as it performs a fairly complex set of operations. It can strip all HTML comments and other application-specific artifacts. If your site is a very simple HTML web site, you can probably use this with little problem.


Starting a Publishing Session

After you have set up a Publishing destination by choosing your connection settings and publishing options, you are ready to publish your site.

1. On the Site menu, click Publishing. Your workspace will change to Publishing view.

2. At the top of the Publishing view, click the Connect icon to the right of the "Connect to" drop-down.

3. When prompted, click OK on the server log in dialog that will appear.

You will find all of the common publishing elements are on the toolbar above the workspace.




You’ll find three arrows in the space between the local and remote panes:Local to Remote, Remote to Local, and Synchronize.

When the transfer begins, notice the Publishing Status pane at the bottom of the workspace. 

This pane is tabbed across the bottom for: 

  • Queue: files currently being published,
  • Failed: files which failed to publish,
  • Completed: verifies all published files, and
  • Log: shows a comprehensive log for the publishing session.

This pane also reveals something new: you can see with a visual scale which files are being published and what percentage has already been published. You can also see multiple files being uploaded simultaneously. This makes a huge difference in overall publish time.


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