How To Manage Sites?

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Managing Sites

The information provided is filled into the fields in the Manage Sites window in Dreamweaver and then you can connect to the server from your desktop computer. This log on brings you into the host computer and lets you put or get files just as if you were working on your own hard drive. You need to upload all the files for your Web portfolio into the server.

Once files are uploaded, the site should be live and up on the Web. Dreamweaver site panel window (The site panel within Macromedia Dreamweaver provides an exploded view of the local files on your computer (right side) and the uploaded files residing on the server (left side). Dragging and dropping files between the local and remote sites allows easy uploading and downloading of Web files.)

Files can be updated locally on your hard drive and then re-uploaded. Once the files are up, you can go to an Internet connected browser to check the changes. Remember to press the refresh button on the browser bar. The Web page needs to update the cache so that you will see the most recent version. Dreamweaver uses the terms get and put when referring to file uploads (put) and file downloads (get) to and from a host server.

Uploading Files

One important note to remember: the folder structure of your hard drive site should be the same as the one the host provides. After your site is complete you can drag all the files into the root folder on the server. If you drag the entire root folder (first initial last name) to the root folder of the server, you will have a sub- directory.

For example: siteurl/jdimarco. To fix this, in Dreamweaver’s site panel, with all pages closed, rename the root directory to whatever the root directory name is on the host (e.g., public_html), and simply drag up all the files from your public folder to the hosts public folder.

Another way to upload to upload is to select the files you want to upload and then click on to Site>Put. This will put the files up to the server. When putting files to the host you will get a dialog box asking you if you want to include dependent files. The dependent files include images, sound files, SWF files and CSS files. When uploading you should include the dependent files if they have changed.

This means that if you edited in image on a Web page and you really upload that page you should include the dependent files so that the changed image will be uploaded. If you are only uploading a Web page that has changed in text content or another way such as a background color change, you do not need to put up dependent files because there is nothing to be updated.

Moving Site Files

If you decide that you need to move files around with in your root directory, it is important that you do it inside the site panel of Macromedia Dreamweaver. If you move files around on the desktop or on your hard drive, you risk breaking image links and page links because file locations have changed. When you use the site panel in Dreamweaver to move files around, Dreamweaver provides a dialogue box that shows any affected image or page links. You have the option to update these links to the new file locations.

When you let Dreamweaver update these links, the entire site gets updated and you do not have to worry about breaking connections. Another great feature about the site panel is that it allows you to double-click on any of the files inside of it and it will launch a proprietary application that created the file and allow on-the-fly editing. Deleting files from the site: Select the files from the server (host side) and press delete. That will delete the files remotely from the server. The files will remain locally on your hard drive.

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