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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.
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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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In Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor James Williamson explores the tools and techniques of Dreamweaver CS5, Adobe's web design and development software. This course covers both the ins and outs of Dreamweaver, as well as recommended best practices for crafting new web sites and files, the fundamentals of HTML and CSS, and how to ensure clean and accessible code. The course also includes how to use tools in Dreamweaver to create and style web pages, manage multiple sites, and add user interactivity with widgets and scripting. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Defining and structuring a new site
  • Creating new web documents from scratch or from templates
  • Adding and formatting text
  • Understanding style sheet basics
  • Placing and styling images
  • Creating links to internal pages and external web sites
  • Controlling page layout with CSS
  • Building and styling forms
  • Reusing web content with templates
  • Adding interactivity
  • Working with Flash and video
James Williamson

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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Q: After creating a website following the instructions in the course, the header background graphic appears correctly in all browsers except Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7.  The graphic works properly in IE 8. What can be done to make the graphics appear in IE 6 and IE 7?
A: To make the header background graphic appear, wrap the header div tag in another div tag and give it an ID like “mainHeader.” The problem stems from a bug in Internet Explorer that prevents the browser from dealing with absolutely positioned elements that are right next to relatively positioned elements.  Following the steps above should solve the problem.
Q: In the tutorial, the author links the Tool Tip to the word "More" at the bottom of the thumbnail photo field. I can't figure out how to place the <a> "More" on the thumbnail photo field.
A: In the example, there is a paragraph that wraps an <img> tag and the word "More," which is surrounded by an anchor tag (<a>). The author uses CSS to make sure the parent div tag of the thumbs floats to the left, and is only wide enough for the image. This causes the link text to break down onto another line. Then, the instructor uses CSS to align the link text to the right of the <img>. The link itself is a void JavaScript function, ( javascript();). This gives you a "dummy" link without returning you to the top of the page as the "#" dummy link tends to do.
If you were manually typing the text in, you could select the image, hit the right arrow button, and begin typing. The text should then appear on screen.
Q: In this movie, you are making changes to the HTML in order to customize the text layout on your page (i.e. h1, h2, and h3 tags as well as strong and em tags). I'm wondering why you are not using CSS to do this (i.e. font-size, font-weight). Do you typically use one method, or is it customary to do use both in a layout, and if so, what guidelines would you suggest to determine which to use when?
A: We modify the page's structure through the use of h1, h2, and other heading tags. So when we are choosing heading levels, we're not concerning ourselves with typography; we're establishing page structure. A heading is chosen to denote the level of importance for the heading, not typography.
CSS should always be used for presentation, not HTML.
Q: In the “Understanding ID selectors” movie, the author states that only one ID tag can be used per page, but then he adds two ID tags. Can you please clarify this for me?
A: You can use as many IDs per page as you wish. They just must all use a unique name. Therefore if you assign an element the ID of "header" no other element on THAT page may use the same ID.
Q: I noticed that in this course, the instructor uses this code on his CSS external sheet: @charset "UTF-8"; I was under the impression that this code wasn't necessary. The W3.org site is unclear on the matter. Is it necessary? Is it a best practice? Is it an older form of CSS?
A: The characterset attribute is added automatically by Dreamweaver, and there’s no practical reason to remove it. While it's not needed (the HTML page should indicate which encoding to use for the page) it is helpful if the CSS file is ever imported or used on a page where the characterset isn't specified. Think of it as a safety net for characterset encoding. Not necessary, but not harmful either.
Q: I need to add captions below images that I insert in pages of text. I played all the lessons in Chapter 5 (Adding Text and Structure) but none dealt with captions. I hope the author has an answer or can refer me to a source.
A: In HTML 4 and XHTML 1 (which is what Dreamweaver CS5 uses by default), there wasn't really a way to add captions below your photos. Most web authors would "fake" captions by having paragraphs of text below their images and using CSS to position and style the captions in the desired manner. Many would use a class such as .imgCaption to control the styling. To do this you would essentially position the text underneath the image through CSS (often by grouping the image and the paragraph in a div tag) and italicizing the text.

However in HTML5, there are new elements that allow us to associate images and their captions, the figure and figcaption element. Our author James Williamson just finished a course on HTML5: Syntax, Structure, and Semantics which details how to use it.

HTML5 Doctor also has a nice article on the figure and figcaption elements at http://html5doctor.com/the-figure-figcaption-elements/.
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