The Basics of Using Dreamweaver- Defining Your Site
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OK, here is the scenario. You have just purchased your shiny new
version of Dreamweaver 4 by Macromedia.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
You are all excited and what you want to do is get to work on that
creation that you have been thinking about for months. The boss
has given you 4 weeks to get the site up and running which also
includes your normal domestic workload. Easy, not a problem I hear
you say. Your IT department has installed it and told you to get
on with it, so you do. Lets open Dreamweaver!
The Site Files Window
If you select from the menu Site »
Site Files you will be presented with the "Site
Files Window". This screen is most likely the default
that appears when you start Dreamweaver.
This is where the fun begins. The first thing you need to do is
set up your site and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) settings. (I am
assuming that you have a website host set up remotely. If you havenít
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The first thing we need to do now is to set up the site FTP. Click
Site» Define Sites, and you should
get a window like the following:
Click the New button and this window will pop up.
Now pay attention 007, this is important!
In the site name put the name of your site. I have put Tutorial.
See that little yellow folder? Click this and navigate to your root
folder where the site is stored. My path is this:
I already created the folder on my hard drive
prior to starting this tutorial but if you havenít then donít worry,
just create a folder using the name you have chosen.
Anything from now on will be saved under this folder which is now
called your root folder! If you save outside of this folder then
Dreamweaver will get confused and will not know where to look for
Check refresh local files automatically, insert your domain name
in the next box and check Use Cache to Speed Link Updates. Thatís
it for this window.
Next click on Web Server Info in the left window and enter the
details asked for as I have done here:
I am using the FTP method as I assume you are publishing the site
to a remote server. If you are not then use Local/Network preference
and you will need to ask your system administrator for the correct
settings. Leave the other boxes as they are and click OK. At the
next window click OK to create the site cache and Voilá!
You have set the site up to start work!