The recently released EverWeb version 2.6 comes with a couple of significant features that’ll be a boon when previewing and publishing your website.
Faster Publishing, Better Publishing Information
The great news for all EverWeb users is faster publishing of your website with EverWeb version 2.6. When publishing, two things happen: first of all your website project’s files are processed and second, the processed files are uploaded to your Host Server.
As well as faster publishing, EverWeb version 2.6 gives you more information at both stages of the publishing process. During the first stage you’ll now have see an “‘x of y’ pages” processed in the ‘Publishing’ dialog box.
During the second stage, when the processed files are uploaded to your Host server, you’ll now see more detailed, realtime, information as to the status of the upload. To see this detailed information, use the File-> Site Publishing Settings menu option or click on the name of your website project file in the Web Page List when publishing.
The information you now see includes the number of files already uploaded out of the total number to be uploaded. Bear in mind that the number of files to upload depends on the contents of your pages e.g.images and other media files in your pages count as files to upload. You’ll also see how much of the total file size has already been uploaded and which files are currently being uploaded to the Host Server. Remember that the size of the file upload will vary depending on changes you have made to your website and whether you are publishing just changes to your site or the entire site.
Faster Uploading Through Simultaneous Connections
As well as having more information to hand during the publishing process, EverWeb version 2.6 allows you to upload files simultaneously by allowing you to change the number of simultaneous connections to your host server. You can find this setting in the File-> Preferences-> Publishing tab.
Adjusting the number of simultaneous connections can result in your publishing being up to five times faster than before. Remember that when it comes to publishing the speed increase occurs during the second stage of the publishing process, so bear this in mind when comparing publishing using EverWeb 2.6 against previous versions. You should generally find that the larger the project file, the greater the benefit of faster publishing. Many EverWebbers have already found significant improvements in publishing speeds over older versions of the product.
The number of simultaneous connections allowed ranges from 1 to 20 connections. Having only one connection is the slowest, but safest, way to publish your website. Setting the value to 20 connections is the fastest way to publish your website, but also the riskiest as there is a higher chance of connection failures. You may need to set a value somewhere between the minimum and maximum to get best results. You can do this by trial and error, or your Hosting Provider may be able to guide you. Often Hosting Providers set a limit as to the number of simultaneous server connections are allowed at one time.
If you get timeout messages when publishing try dialling back the number of connections used in the the Publishing Preferences. If you’re testing to see how many connections you can have without causing timeout issues, it may also be worth waiting awhile between tests as it may take a bit of time for the connections you’ve used in your first test to be freed up for use in your next test.
If you are publishing to your EverWeb+Hosting account, you will probably find a value of 3-5 connections the best for publishing.
If you are using FTP, check to see if you can use FTP+SSH to your Host Server as SSH allows for simultaneous connections. Again, check with your hosting provider as to what the best number of connections is advised and if your Hosting plan allows you to use the FTP+SSH option.
EverWeb version 2.6 is really speedy when it comes to publishing so it’s a highly recommended update!