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Adobe Dreamweaver CS3

Defining Local & Remote Sites

To take advantage of the site management features available in Dreamweaver, you must first define a site. This document describes how to define local and remote sites. For more information on the definitions of local and remote sites, refer to Local & Remote Sites: An Overview.

Before you can start working with files collectively as a site, you must tell Dreamweaver where they are located. This process is called defining a site.

NOTE: If you work on multiple computers, these instructions will need to be repeated on each computer, or you will need to import or export the site definition.

  1. From the Site menu, select New Site...
    The Site Definition wizard appears.
    Site Definition dialog box

  2. In the What would you like to name your site? text box, type the name of your site
    EXAMPLE: LTS_site
    NOTE: This is for your reference only and will not be viewed by users of your site.

  3. Click NEXT
    Site Definition dialog box

  4. Select No, I do not want to use a server technology

  5. Click NEXT
    Site Definition dialog box

  6. Select Edit local copies on my machine, then upload to server when ready (recommended)

  7. In the Where on your computer do you want to store your files? text box, type the path of the location where your web files are stored locally
    OR
    To browse for the file,
    1. Click BROWSE FOR FILEBrowse for File button
      The Choose local root folder for site dialog box appears.
    2. Navigate to and select the desired location of your web files
    3. Click OPEN
      The contents of that folder are displayed.
    4. Click SELECT
      NOTES:
      This is the work area of your site.
      If the files do not exist, create and select an empty folder or drive

  8. Click NEXT
    Site Definition dialog box

  9. From the How do you connect to your remote server? pull-down list, select Local/Network

  10. In the What folder on your server do you want to store your files in? text box, type the path of the location where your web files are stored on the web server
    OR
    To browse for the file,
    1. Click BROWSE FOR FILEBrowse for File button
      The Choose remote root folder for site dialog box appears
    2. Navigate to and select the desired location of your website
    3. Click SELECT
      NOTES:
      This is the live area of your site.
      If the files do not exist, create and select an empty folder or drive.

  11. Click NEXT
    Site Definition dialog box

  12. Select No, do not enable check in and check out

  13. Click NEXT
    A confirmation screen appears summarizing your selections.

  14. OPTIONAL: Establish an HTTP address to the live area
    NOTE: If you have relative links to other pages on the UW-Eau Claire server, you will want to establish an HTTP address to the live area so that those links show as working.
    1. Select the Advanced tab
    2. In the Category section, select Local Info
    3. In the HTTP Address text box, type the domain of your site
      EXAMPLE: http://www.uwec.edu
    4. Click OK
      The site is defined.

  15. Click DONE
    NOTE: If opening an existing site, the Scanning all files in site dialog box appears showing the progress of opening the site. Depending on the size of your site and speed of your computer, this may take a few minutes.

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