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Adobe Dreamweaver CS3

Local & Remote Sites: An Overview

Before using local and remote sites in Dreamweaver, it is important to understand exactly what they are. It is also important to be aware of the tools available when managing files and developing web pages.

return to topUnderstanding the Local & Remote Sites

Dreamweaver allows you to work with local sites and remote sites. Since remote sites are less complex, they are introduced first in this section.

The Remote Site

Remote sites include the files and folders available for your site's visitors to view. This is commonly referred to as the live area. In most cases on this campus, remote sites are accessed by connecting to Lucy, the campus web server. Websites stored off campus typically are accessed using File Transfer Protocol (FTP). With some exceptions, it is recommended that you do not edit pages directly on the remote site. This recommendation will help you avoid placing incomplete or incorrect pages online.

The Local Site

A local site, commonly referred to as the working area of a website, consists of all files and folders associated with a website. The local site includes all files, even the web pages that are in development, and is not accessible to the public. These files and folders mirror the files and folders on the remote site. Using a local site has the following advantages:

There are two types of local sites: multi-user and single-user.

Local Site: Multiple Users

This type of local site allows multiple web developers to access and make changes to the same set of files. Typically located on a department share drive or on Lucy (the campus web server), these local sites act as reviewing areas. For example, the Financial Aid website consists of hundreds of files. Since many people edit these files, it is appropriate to have a local site which is accessible to multiple users through a shared location. The local site for Financial Aid is stored on a Lucy drive that all department web developers have access to.

Local Site: Single Users

This type of site is maintained by a single web developer and therefore it can be placed in a variety of areas. Since it is for a single web developer, usually it is placed on the web developer's S: or H: drive. Each web developer can decide what location works best for him or her.

These types of local sites are used when a website is not large enough to merit access by multiple individuals through a shared location (e.g., test server or department share drive) or when such a site is unavailable. For example, Learning and Technology Services (LTS) maintains a relatively small website; therefore, it does not need a test server. Instead, each LTS web developer has devoted space on his or her S: or H: drive to create, edit, and test files before transferring them to the LTS website.

return to topConsiderations for Development

How your web pages are edited and developed will vary depending on a variety of factors. Consider asking yourself the following questions when developing a website.

return to topFile Management Tools

Dreamweaver provides a host of file management tools. The following documents contain information on file and site management tools:

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