DM 20 - Dreamweaver Site Setup


Dreamweaver Sites - Local and Remote

A Dreamweaver Site provides a way to organize all of the files associated with a website. Setting up a Dreamweaver Site enables you to take advantage of Dreamweaver's abilities to upload your files to a web server, automatically track and maintain your links, and simplify website maintenance.

When you set up, or define, a Dreamweaver Site, you first create a new folder and point Dreamweaver to it. Dreamweaver calls this your "root folder", in that it is the root or starting point of your website. You may have additional sub-folders inside that root folder - an "images" folder, for example, but it is the root folder that Dreamweaver uses as a point of reference. Once it knows your root folder, Dreamweaver will keep track of files and links for you and alert you to any potential problems BEFORE your site goes out on the Internet.

When you define a Dreamweaver site you also set up access to the "remote" site, which is what Dreamweaver calls the location where you'll publish files on a web server. This publishing or uploading process is called FTP (File Transfer Protocol).

The local site is your root folder that contains your website's files and is stored on your hard drive. When you make additions and changes to your website files and save them, you then upload the files to the server, thus updating your website that is on the Internet.

The remote site is where you upload and store website files that are accessed through the Internet.
For DM20, the remote server is and your class website will have a unique URL:

Together, the local and remote sites in Dreamweaver enable you to transfer files between your computer and the web server; this makes it easier for you to manage files and folders and ensure links are functioning.

The key to using these site management features at their full potential is to keep what you have on your computer (the local) the same as what your web visitors see on the Internet (the remote).  If the two are radically different, site updates and maintenance will become more and more difficult and you'll waste a lot of time.

You set up or "define" a site in Dreamweaver before you start developing your new website's content.
Dreamweaver keeps this information on your computer indefinitely, so you only have to define a site once.
Also, Dreamweaver can save your site definition information in a small text file, an ".ste" file, that you can import and export between different computers -- very convenient if you're working on your own computer in addition to the DM lab computers, or if you don't sit at the same station in the DM lab all the time.

Always keep an updated copy of your DM20 root folder on your flash drive/removeable storage.
At the end of each work session, close Dreamweaver, put a copy of your root folder on your flash drive or other storage device.
Then next time, either in the lab or at home, before you start working in Dreamweaver copy your entire root folder into the "Documents" folder on the computer where you're sitting. Just remember to copy the entire folder back onto your removeable storage again before you leave

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