Defining a Site in Dreamweaver 8

In Dreamweaver, the term "site" can refer either to a website or to a local storage location for the documents that belong to a website. The latter is what you need to establish before you begin building your website. A Dreamweaver site organizes all of 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 Dreamweaver site consists of as many as three parts, depending on your computing environment and the type of website you are developing: Local folder is your working directory. Dreamweaver refers to this folder as your local site. The local folder is usually a folder on your hard disk. Remote folder is where you store your files, depending on your environment, for testing, production, collaboration, and publication. Dreamweaver refers to this folder as your remote site. The remote folder is a folder 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.

Go to Site>New.. to open the Site Definition dialog window. This is where you will set up your site in order to upload and download from your server.

Local Info:

Local Root Folder

Site Name: The name of your site. This is only for your purposes and won't display in the browser.
Local Root Folder: This is where your site files will kept on your hard drive. Click the Browse button to either navigate to an existing folder or to create a new folder. For example you would create the local root folder on C:/Documents and Settings/your_user_name/Local Settings/local_sites, local site being the folder you created to store your files. My local root folder (local_site) shown in the box above is named Nicholson's Lesson Plan Blues.
Refresh local file list automatically: Check this box.
HTTP address: Enter the URL for your site. For my site, I was assigned a URL from FIRN that provide free web sites for teachers. This will enable Dreamweaver to check links in your site that use Absolute URLs.
Cache: Check the Enable cache box.

Remote Info:

Click the Remote Info tab. These are the settings I was given when signing up for my site. Your information will be different and will be provided to you by the internet service provider you have signed up with.

Remote Info for Defining a Site

Access: You have the following options for access.

Acess for Defining Site

FTP Host: Will be assigned to you.
Login: Will be assigned to you.
Password: Will be assigned to you.
Use Passive FTP: Checked.
Maintain Synchronization information: Checked.

Click OK to finish the setup. Now you need to test your site. Go to the Files Panel (double click on Files tab to extend the files menu). Click on Connect to Remote Host as shown below. If all the information is correct you can now start uploading files to the server.

Connect to Server

You can set up a Dreamweaver site by using the Site Definition Wizard, which guides you through the setup process, or by using the Site Definition Advanced settings, which let you set up local, remote, and testing folders individually, as necessary. In this tutorial we used the Site Definition Advanced settings to set up a local folder for your project files.

Teachers, to apply for free web hosting through the Florida Department of Education, simply click on the link below, click on Classroom Website Hosting and it will take you to a form that you will fill out. They will then verify your employment through your school principal, then e-mail you with the information needed to upload your files to the remote server:

http://firn.edu/

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