Setting up a site in dreamweaver CS4

Dreamweaver is known as a web design/development tool, but it also provides some great file management features for the occasions when you have to rename, FTP and move files. And to take advantage of these and other site management features, you always start your projects by defining a Dreamweaver site first.

You can access Dreamweaver’s site management in three different ways:

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  1. From the menu: Site-> New Site .
  2. Dreamweaver Site link on the Welcome Page
  3. via Files Panel, by selecting “Manage Sites” from the Sites drop-down

Site Definition Dialog

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This brings up the Site Definition dialog box. The default is Basic (1) site setup which provides a walk-through wizard to lead you through the basic steps of setting up your site. Click Advanced (2) tab.

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  1. Select Local Info in the Category panel
  2. Type in the Site Name and click the Folder icon next to Local root folder to specify where the site files will be saved.
  3. Click the folder icon next to Default images folder to specify where the site images will be stored. (Note: Specifying default images folder will make it easy to import images from other locations on your hard-drive).
  4. Select Remote Info in the Category panel
  5. Type in your server info and press Test button to test the connection.

If connection was successful, press OK and you are done. If not, Dreamweaver is pretty good at letting you know what was wrong….so always read the error messages!

Other options for remote connection are:

  • None: If you are not using any type of remote server.
  • Local/Network: If you have access to your web space over a network choose
  • RDS: (Remote Development Service) if you work on Web files in conjunction with a Cold Fusion application server.
  • WebDAV:An open-source program, basically provides a solution that prevents more then one person working on the same file at the same time.

File Management

By right-clicking on any of the files or folders in the File Manages, you’ll get access to many file management options.

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And there you have it, a Dreamweaver site defined in just couple of steps.

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