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Adding remote servers

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Video: Adding remote servers

In this movie we're going to talk about adding remote servers to your Dreamweaver site in preparation for uploading your site to a live server. Remote servers can be added to your Dreamweaver's site at any time during the development process, and may be deleted, modified or reassigned at any time. Adobe has made some welcome changes to their Site Setup dialog box and one of those changes is the ability to add multiple servers to your site. Let's open up the Site Setup dialog box and walk through the process of adding your remote servers. So I've defined the 16_04 folder as my root directory.

Adding remote servers

In this movie we're going to talk about adding remote servers to your Dreamweaver site in preparation for uploading your site to a live server. Remote servers can be added to your Dreamweaver's site at any time during the development process, and may be deleted, modified or reassigned at any time. Adobe has made some welcome changes to their Site Setup dialog box and one of those changes is the ability to add multiple servers to your site. Let's open up the Site Setup dialog box and walk through the process of adding your remote servers. So I've defined the 16_04 folder as my root directory.

But what we're really interested in here is our Site Setup dialog box. So for this particular exercise, we really won't be opening any files. Now you can access your site definition in a couple of different ways. One would be to go up to the menu and go to Sites > Manage Sites. You can go to the Application toolbar, find the Site pulldown menu and choose Manage Sites. Or my favorite, you can go over to the Files panel and simply double-click the name of your current site. That's a very fast and easy way to go in and manage your site setup.

So in the categories on the left-hand side, I'm going to click on Servers and I can see at the moment that I don't have any active servers whatsoever. Now the cool thing about Dreamweaver CS5 is that we can add as many servers as we want. So if you have a site that's going to be uploaded to several different places online, or if you have a production and a QA server, you can go ahead and add those and make different ones your active server depending upon when you need to do your uploading. Okay, to add a new server, I'm just going to go right down here and click the plus symbol to add a new one.

That's going to bring up my server dialog box and what I find really interesting about this, there are two tabs, the Basic and the Advanced, and the Advanced has less options than Basic does. All right, so the first thing it wants us to do is name our server and you can name this anything you want. I recommend naming it something that's going to be descriptive. In this case, I'm going to type in remote. If it were a production server or a QA server or a testing server, I would also probably indicate that with the server name. Now Dreamweaver can connect to your site to various protocols. You'll notice that the default is FTP and that's pretty much the standard protocol for most web hosting companies.

If you grab the pulldown menu, notice there's also a Secure FTP, Local/Network, which you would use to transfer files locally, or if your web hosting server was part of your local network, and then couple of other options. There is WebDav and RDS. Well, those are fairly specialized managed environments and your webmaster or IT person will let you know if you need to use those protocols. Well, I'm going to choose FTP, because that's the protocol that the web hosting company for Explore California uses for its file transfers. Now at this point, I'm going to be covering some settings that require you to have a current web hosting account to access.

Each hosted account is going to have its own specific information. So I'll be discussing the options in this dialog box and how your account information is likely to be used within this dialog. However, I feel that I need to mention that every account is different and the settings that you receive from your host or internal web master may not match the types of settings that I'm describing. If not, contact either your hosting company support or your webmaster and a quick conversation about your sites account information should be all that's required to correctly setup your remote server within Dreamweaver, okay.

So I'm going to choose FTP and I'm going to type in my FTP address. Now this is either going to start with an FTP protocol. So it might be ftpyoursite.com or in some cases you can even type in the web address itself. www.yoursite.com.org, whatever. This is the information that you're going to be getting from your hosting company. Next, you're going to be entering in a username, and I'm just going to go ahead and type in my username from my site and again, this is the information that you're going to get from your hosting company or from your webmaster.

And finally, I'm going to enter in my password. Now you can choose to have Dreamweaver save this password or not. If you're on a shared machine with a lot of other people using it, you might not want to save that information. But if it's your local machine or if you're working in a collaborative environment where a lot of you guys need access to the server, you might want to save it so that you don't have to enter the information every single time you connect to your remote server. Now I'm going to go ahead and test my server connection. And if you've entered in the information correctly, Dreamweaver is going to give you a message that says Dreamweaver connected to your web server successfully, awesome! I'm going to go ahead and click OK.

And I notice that Dreamweaver was actually filling some stuff out for me at this point. You'll notice that my web URL resolves down here to www.explorecalifornia.org. I didn't type that in. Dreamweaver connected to my server, found that information, and filled that in for me. I certainly could have done it myself, but in this case it was really helpful to have Dreamweaver do that for me. Now I do have a space for root directory? If you're on a shared server and you have a specific directory for that particular site, you want enter in that root directory there so that you weren't uploading your site to the wrong directory.

Again, if you're unsure of that information, you can get that from your web hosting company or your internal webmaster. Now I do want to discuss a couple of the options in the Advanced settings. If I click on Advanced, I notice that there're a couple of options here that I really want to talk about. Number one, this little checkbox right here, Automatically upload files to server on Save. I recommend never checking that box, because if you're working locally in Dreamweaver and you make a change to the page and you save it, well, if that box is checked, Dreamweaver is automatically going to upload it to your remote server for you.

Now that sounds like a huge time saver, but what if you're making incremental changes and some of those changes might break your page, that means that your site could be down and you wouldn't even be aware of it, because Dreamweaver is just sort of doing that behind-the-scenes. So only have that selected if you really, really, really want that. Now another thing down here is the Testing Server. If you're working on dynamic sites, where you have PHP, ColdFusion or ASP or .NET or something driving your site, you can choose the Testing Server Model. That way Dreamweaver knows which server or model you're working with and it will upload those files to the server when you preview your pages so that it can be tested within the server environment.

But neither of those really applies to us for this one. So I'm just going to go ahead and click Save. Now before I click Save, I want to mention one more thing. If you don't have a web hosting account yet and you haven't signed up for one, and you still want to test the functionality that we're going to be doing in the next couple of movies, you could if you wanted to create a folder on your hard drive. It could be in the Desktop. It could be in a project folder, wherever you really wanted to put it. And if you wanted to use that folder to sort of act as your remote server, just so you can have a place to upload and download files and test out those capabilities, well, back in the Basic section, you could change this to Local/Network and if you do that, all you have to do is browse out to that particular folder on your hard drive.

Now that's not going to be a live Web server, obviously, but at least it's going to give you the ability to test some of the functionality that we're going to be working with. All right, I'm going to hit Save andI notice that it's added a server for me. It tells me the protocol that I'll be using, and notice that I can choose here to make it a Remote Server or a Testing Server. Okay, so what's the difference? Well, once again, back to working with dynamic files. Now if you're working on a blog, you're more likely going to either have a local server to test on or a remote server that isn't your live server.

That way you can test any of your edits. You can test the processing and make sure everything is correct before uploading it to your live site. In that case you could set up multiple servers and have one act as the testing server, and have one as they act as the remote server, and you can change them back-and-forth. You can stack three or four servers in there and depending upon the circumstances, open up this dialog box and choose which one you want to be remote or the live server, and choose which one you want to use for testing purposes. All right, I'm going to go ahead and save this. And now our site has a remote server. It's set up and it's ready to help us upload files and manage files between our local and remote environments.

So in our next movie, we'll take a look at using our remote server to upload files.

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Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training

135 video lessons · 89635 viewers

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  1. 2m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
  2. 7m 50s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      3m 16s
    2. Learning web design
      2m 22s
    3. Current web standards
      2m 12s
  3. 43m 9s
    1. The Welcome screen
      4m 5s
    2. Windows and Mac interface differences
      2m 23s
    3. The Application toolbar
      4m 7s
    4. The Document toolbar
      4m 40s
    5. Arranging panels
      8m 19s
    6. Managing workspaces
      7m 32s
    7. The Properties Inspector
      5m 54s
    8. The Insert panel
      6m 9s
  4. 25m 45s
    1. Basic site structure
      3m 11s
    2. File naming conventions
      1m 49s
    3. Defining a new site
      4m 35s
    4. Managing sites
      4m 51s
    5. Managing files and folders
      6m 36s
    6. Working with browsers
      4m 43s
  5. 27m 21s
    1. Creating new documents
      5m 16s
    2. New document preferences
      3m 6s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      4m 56s
    4. Working with starter pages
      3m 46s
    5. Managing starter pages
      10m 17s
  6. 30m 2s
    1. Basic tag structure
      2m 15s
    2. Adding structure to text
      8m 20s
    3. Creating lists
      9m 59s
    4. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      5m 59s
    5. Importing Word documents
      3m 29s
  7. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding style sheets
      2m 16s
    2. The anatomy of a CSS rule
      1m 48s
    3. Setting CSS preferences
      6m 36s
    4. The CSS Styles panel
      10m 2s
    5. Controlling CSS through the Properties Inspector
      5m 14s
    6. Using the Code Navigator
      7m 21s
    7. Using CSS Enable
      6m 45s
    8. Understanding element selectors
      8m 11s
    9. Understanding class selectors
      8m 49s
    10. Understanding ID selectors
      5m 59s
    11. Understanding descendant selectors
      6m 51s
    12. Attaching external style sheets
      7m 44s
  8. 1h 47m
    1. Working with units of measurement
      7m 11s
    2. Declaring font families
      9m 39s
    3. Controlling font sizing
      9m 9s
    4. Controlling weight and style
      8m 0s
    5. Controlling line height
      8m 29s
    6. Controlling vertical spacing with margins
      12m 3s
    7. Controlling spacing with padding
      5m 39s
    8. Aligning text
      8m 26s
    9. Transforming text
      5m 36s
    10. Writing global styles
      15m 42s
    11. Writing targeted styles
      17m 37s
  9. 1h 32m
    1. Understanding image types
      5m 3s
    2. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      12m 51s
    3. Setting image accessibility preferences
      4m 20s
    4. Setting external image editing preferences
      3m 52s
    5. Placing images on the page
      7m 37s
    6. Photoshop integration
      5m 54s
    7. Modifying Smart Objects
      5m 51s
    8. Alternate Photoshop workflows
      8m 8s
    9. Modifying image properties
      11m 14s
    10. Styling images with CSS
      7m 11s
    11. Using background graphics
      9m 3s
    12. Positioning background graphics
      11m 6s
  10. 55m 16s
    1. Link basics
      3m 37s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 14s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      11m 1s
    4. Absolute links
      5m 8s
    5. Using named anchors
      11m 19s
    6. Linking to named anchors in external files
      2m 44s
    7. Creating an email link
      5m 24s
    8. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      13m 49s
  11. 1h 34m
    1. CSS structuring basics
      2m 56s
    2. The Box Model
      13m 21s
    3. Understanding floats
      6m 53s
    4. Clearing and containing floats
      8m 56s
    5. Using relative positioning
      4m 8s
    6. Using absolute positioning
      7m 18s
    7. Creating structure with div tags
      12m 7s
    8. Styling basic structure
      10m 34s
    9. Creating a two-column layout
      10m 37s
    10. Using Live View and CSS Inspect
      7m 51s
    11. Using Browser Lab
      9m 39s
  12. 56m 22s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      7m 41s
    2. Importing tabular data
      5m 13s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      9m 56s
    4. Using thead and tbody tags
      4m 0s
    5. Basic table styling
      8m 45s
    6. Styling table headers
      7m 52s
    7. Styling column groups
      4m 22s
    8. Creating custom table borders
      5m 1s
    9. Styling table captions
      3m 32s
  13. 1h 43m
    1. How forms work
      3m 0s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 2s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      7m 33s
    4. Setting form properties
      4m 6s
    5. The fieldset and legend tags
      4m 32s
    6. Inserting text fields
      5m 58s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      5m 26s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      7m 50s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      6m 22s
    10. Inserting text areas
      4m 12s
    11. Inserting submit buttons
      3m 37s
    12. Basic form styling
      12m 0s
    13. Form element styling
      8m 52s
    14. Styling form layout
      11m 49s
    15. Adding form interactivity
      2m 47s
    16. Using Spry validation widgets
      12m 49s
  14. 1h 23m
    1. Planning for templates
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a new template
      10m 37s
    3. Using editable attributes
      13m 43s
    4. Creating optional regions
      6m 23s
    5. Creating new pages from a template
      9m 17s
    6. Applying templates to existing pages
      6m 9s
    7. Working with nested templates
      7m 56s
    8. Working with repeating regions
      12m 58s
    9. Modifying templates
      5m 41s
  15. 40m 14s
    1. Behaviors overview
      3m 47s
    2. Hiding and showing elements
      9m 18s
    3. Spry overview
      4m 4s
    4. Using Spry widgets
      11m 36s
    5. Adding Spry effects
      3m 6s
    6. Using the Widget Browser
      8m 23s
  16. 28m 18s
    1. Inserting Flash files
      5m 4s
    2. Setting properties for Flash
      6m 27s
    3. Dreamweaver and Flash integration
      6m 6s
    4. Encoding Flash video
      6m 10s
    5. Adding Flash video
      4m 31s
  17. 45m 28s
    1. Running site-wide reports
      6m 33s
    2. Checking for broken links
      5m 41s
    3. Checking for browser compatibility
      8m 3s
    4. Adding remote servers
      8m 0s
    5. Uploading files
      7m 20s
    6. Managing remote sites
      9m 51s
  18. 34s
    1. Goodbye

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