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    Comotose is offline VB.NET Forum Newbie
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    Import existing site into Visual Web Developer Express

    Hi all.

    I'm just starting out with Visual Web Developer Express 2008.

    I was wondering if it's possible to import a complete existing Classic ASP site into VWDE, the aim being to convert ASP pages to aspx one by one.

    I don't see any obvious feature that allows me to do that.

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    With the "add existing item" dialog you can select multiple files to be added in one go. There doesn't seem to be any automatic conversion included, but you also don't need one. You can add the existing ASP pages to a ASP.Net project without changing them. Then you can at your own pace migrate them to ASP.Net pages if you wish. In some cases it may be as easy as renaming the source file .aspx. This article should help explain the key elements of the migration: Converting ASP to ASP.NET

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    Thanks John.

    I wasn't expecting automatic conversion, just a way to bring in the entire existing ASP website structure into VWD Express.

    What I've discovered is this:
    • In VWD Express create a new project
    • Right click and select Add Existing Item
    • Browse to the folder that contains the Classic ASP website
    • Shift-click all files and folders
    • Click Add to import the site


    But only the files selected in the base folder will be imported -- no folders or contents of folders. You have to create each folder in VWD and then import its contents separately.

    Surely that must be a bug.

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