Dreamweaver Starting a Site Setting up a Site In Dreamweaver, a site organizes on your local computer all the documents associated with your website and lets you track and maintain links, manage files, share files, and transfer your site files to a web server. A typical Dreamweaver site has at least two parts: • Local folder: This is your working directory. Dreamweaver refers to this folder as your local site. The local folder is usually a folder on your hard drive. • Remote folder: This is where you store your files on the computer that's running your web server. The computer running the web server is often (but not always) the computer that makes your site publicly available on the web. • Testing Server Folder the folder where Dreamweaver processes dynamic pages. The remote folder that you specify (also referred to as the “host directory”) should correspond to the local root folder of your Dreamweaver site. Remote folders are usually public_html, httpdocs or something similar. The following example shows a sample local root folder on the left and a sample remote folder on the right. The local root folder on the local machine maps directly to the remote folder on the web server, rather than to any of the remote folder’s sub folders, or folders that exist above the remote folder in the directory structure. When you first establish a remote connection, the remote folder on the web server is usually empty. Then, when you use Dreamweaver to upload all of the files in your local root folder, the remote folder populates with all of your web files. The directory structure of the remote folder and the local root folder should always be the same. If the structure of the remote folder doesn’t match the structure of the local root folder, Dreamweaver uploads files to the wrong place, where they might not be visible to site visitors. Additionally, image and link paths can easily break when folder and file structures are not in synch. The remote folder must exist before Dreamweaver can connect to it. Setting Up a New Site Site >> New Site • Local Info Contains the File information • Servers Contains the FTP Information (see next 4 slides) • Testing Server Contains the DB information Servers (1 of 3) • Choose the + symbol to add a new connection • Dreamweaver saves your password by default. Deselect the Save option if you prefer that Dreamweaver prompt you for a password each time you connect to the remote server. • Click Test to test your FTP address, username, and password. Servers (2 of 3) Under More Options: • Select Use Passive FTP if your firewall configuration requires use of passive FTP. Passive FTP enables your local software to set up the FTP connection rather than requesting the remote server to set it up. • Select Use IPv6 Transfer Mode if you are using an IPv6-enabled FTP server. • Select Use Proxy if you want to specify a proxy host or proxy port. Servers (3 of 3) Advanced FTP Options • Select Maintain Synchronization Information if you want to automatically synchronize your local and remote files. (This option is selected by default.) • Select Automatically Upload Files to Server on Save if you want Dreamweaver to upload your file to your remote site when you save the file. • Select Enable File Check Out if you want to activate the Check In/Out system. Advanced Settings Local Info • Default Images Folder : The folder in which you want to store images for your site. Enter the path to the folder, or click the folder icon to browse to the folder. Dreamweaver uses the path to the folder when you add images to documents. • Links Relative To: Specifies the kind of links Dreamweaver creates when you create links to other assets or pages in your site. Dreamweaver can create two kinds of links: document-relative and site root-relative. By default, Dreamweaver creates document-relative links. If you change the default setting and select the Site Root option, make sure the correct Web URL for the site is entered in the Web URL text box • Web URL: The URL of your website. If you don’t have a remote server defined Dreamweaver uses the Web URL to create site root-relative links, and to verify links when you use the link. • Case-sensitive Links Checking: Checks that the case of the links matches the case of the filenames when Dreamweaver checks links. This option is useful on UNIX systems where filenames are case-sensitive. • Enable Cache Indicates whether to create a local cache to improve the speed of link and site management tasks. If you do not select this option, Dreamweaver asks you if you want to create a cache again before it creates the site. It is a good idea to select this option because the Assets panel (in the Files panel group) only works if a cache is created. Manage Sites Use the Manage Sites dialog box to create a new site, edit a site, duplicate a site, remove a site, or import or export a site’s settings. Site >> Manage Sites New Enables you to create a new site. Edit Enables you to edit an existing site. Duplicate Creates a copy of the site you selected. The copy appears in the site list window. Remove Deletes the selected site; you cannot undo this action. Export Enables you to export a site’s settings as an XML file (*.ste). (see 2nd to last slide) Import Enables you to select a site’s settings file (*.ste) to import. (see last slide) Exporting a Site Site >> Manage sites >> Export Select one or more sites whose settings you want to export and click • If you want to back up your site settings, select the first option in the Exporting Site dialog box and click OK. Dreamweaver saves remote server login information, such as the user name and password, as well as local path information. • If you want to share your settings with other users, select the second option in the Exporting Site dialog box and click OK. (Dreamweaver does not save information that would not work for other users, such as your remote server login information and local paths.) • For each site whose settings you want to export, browse to a location where you want to save the site and click Save. (Dreamweaver saves each site’s settings as an XML file, with an .ste file extension.) Importing a Site Select Site >> Manage sites >> Import • Browse to and select one or more sites—defined in files with an .ste file extension—whose settings you want to import. • Click Open and then click Done. • After Dreamweaver imports the site settings, the site names appear in the Manage Sites dialog box.
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