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Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4

with Paul Trani

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The very last step you need to do with any website is upload it. So this is really an exciting step because this is our chance to show it to the world. What I need to do is I need to manage this site and then upload all of the content. I'm going to do that using the Files panel. So down here Files panel, this is currently just set to Computer, and I have drilled down and really I've been working with these files but what I want to do is I want to click on this Manage Sites link.

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Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4
2h 41m Beginner Sep 16, 2009

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Creating a First Web Site with Dreamweaver CS4 shows the basics of doing just that—building a first web site. Adobe Certified Instructor Paul Trani walks through the important steps of creating a web site from concept to publishing, using Dreamweaver CS4. He teaches how to create basic web pages, add text and image content, use Cascading Style Sheets for design and layout, create a photo gallery, and even check the final site for browser compatibility. He also demonstrates how to create a contact form to encourage viewer feedback on the site. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the Dreamweaver workspace for first-time users
  • Linking to external web pages and sites
  • Improving the presentation of text and images on the site
  • Building a layout using Cascading Style Sheets
  • Making navigation reusable across multiple pages
  • Displaying content using the Accordion widget
  • Creating a contact form and sending data from it
  • Making the final site search engine-friendly
Subjects:
Web Web Design Projects
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
Paul Trani

Managing and uploading your site

The very last step you need to do with any website is upload it. So this is really an exciting step because this is our chance to show it to the world. What I need to do is I need to manage this site and then upload all of the content. I'm going to do that using the Files panel. So down here Files panel, this is currently just set to Computer, and I have drilled down and really I've been working with these files but what I want to do is I want to click on this Manage Sites link.

That brings up this Manage Sites panel and I can go ahead and create a new site. This takes me through a wizard that enables me to define a site, Jane Doe Photography. I'm going to give it a URL, the URL I have registered. So that looks good, so if I do any link checking, it will compare it against that URL. It asks me if I want to use any server technology such as ColdFusion, ASP.

I'm not writing any of those pages, so they are not needed but if I wanted to sort of write data to a database I would want to change this to yes and add those settings. But I can always change that later if I decide to add a database to the site. All right, the next question. How do you want to work with your files during development? Well, I want to edit theses local copies like I have been doing on my machine and then upload them to a server when I'm ready. It's just a matter of defining these sort of a local root folder, as it's known on my computer.

So in this case, Chapter 08 > 02 Begin. That's where I'm going to define my local root folder. I'm going to click Next. And how do you connect to your remote server? So this is the case where I want to change this to FTP, and 90% of the time it's going to be FTP. You're connecting by FTP through an FTP address to the web server. From your hosting provider, such as Go Daddy or however that might be, they're going to give you an FTP address.

And it's going to look something maybe similar to this, ftp.Janedoe, something like that and then if you want to store the site in a certain folder, you can do that as well and then you need to add your FTP login and the password. Just like that login and then whatever the password is and we can Save As. But really it's this information, these three items is all you need to be able to upload your site.

Click Test Connection. You connected successfully. Good job. Select the OK. Click Next. You can enable checking in and checking out of files so if a lot of people are working on this site, I can have this sort of check in and check out features so nobody overwrites anyone else' changes. But since this is my own site, I'm not going to worry about that. Again, I can change that later if I want to. Last screen just gives me a summary of everything I have entered, so I can select Done and it puts it in this list of Manage Sites.

So Jane Doe Photography, once I hit Done, be mindful of the Files panel because it does change. In fact, it shows me all of these folders in green now, so it's ready to go. And really what I can do is I can check out all of these files, I can connect to the remote host. So I have clicked that and I have made the connection to the web server and now I can upload these files.

Another way to view this information is expand it to show the local and remote sites. Now there are already a lot of files out there but if I click, it's going to open up this Files panel. So again these green files are the files on my local machine and here is sort of my remote view of the files there as well. If I want to upload anything, all I need to do is select those multiple files. So I have done a Shift+ Select to select them all.

And then I just need to put them up on the server, so I'm selecting the Up Arrow similar to uploading which is what I'm doing. If I click that, it asks me, hey, do you want to put all the dependent files? So if I put up an HMTL page, do you want to put all of the images that are associated with that HTML file? And I want to say sure. I mean I have all the files anyways. And you'll sometimes get this dialog box which is really helpful because it says it can't find any information on some of these files over here on the remote server.

It can't get the date. So it doesn't know if you are overwriting a new or a copy. But all I know is I have the latest on my hard drive because I just made this site. So all I need to do is click Yes to All, and it takes all of these files and puts them up on the server. Now there are quite a few images so this might take a little while, but I can also view the details as it goes through, sure enough they appear over here.

So let me just close that Files panel. And again notice if I expanded this out, I can always, if I want to upload one particular file, I can just hit the Put button there and it will upload that as well. Again, the same process can be done over here. In fact, I'm also given the ability to toggle between, say, the Local view and the File view of all these sort of remote files on the web server. The key thing here is to remember not to move these files, okay.

So if I go to this fly-out menu in the upper right-hand corner, I'm going to go to Reveal in Finder and what that's going to do is open up that folder that contains my entire site. So the last thing I want to do is accidentally, say, move this folder some place else because when I go back into Dreamweaver, it's going to look like it's broken. It's not going to know where those files are. That's the just of it. Again, all I need to do is select those files, hit Upload and it will upload all of those files.

And really the next step is to go ahead and not only preview this index page in a browser, I can preview the local version and I can even preview it against the live version, and check to make sure it is there. It looks good. In fact, if I look at my local version again, I can see they look exactly the same. And I can check all of these pages as well.

Portfolio page and then even the Contact page with the contact form. So as you noticed, it was fairly easy to define a local site and to upload all that content to a web server, and now I have a complete website that I'm ready to share with the world.

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Q: After creating the website as instructed in the tutorial, and uploading the site to the internet, the website does not seem to work for every browser. How can one make sure that the website will work for all browsers?
A: An important step when creating a website is to check for browser compatibility. To do so in Dreamweaver, go to Window > Results > Browser Compatibility. Click the Play icon in the left corner then go to Settings and target the browsers you¹re after. Then hit the Play button to run it and check the page that’s open. If there’s an issue, best-case scenario, it should show you what the issue is and link out to a solution. Worst case is that it’s a pretty unique issue, in which case further troubleshooting would be needed.

Q: The background image is tiling, instead of being one large image. How is this corrected in Dreamweaver?
A: This can be corrected by using a larger image, something around 1024x768 that will fill up most of the monitor space. The issue is that the background image is just too small. Note that tiling of the background image can be turned off in the CSS Panel, but that would only result in a single small image. So it’s better to just use a larger image for the background.
Q: When trying to import SWF content, I get a message: “This file is outside the root folder of site ‘xxxxx’ and may not be accessible when you publish the site.” What is causing this?
A: Make sure your SWF file (and all files you put on a page) are located in your local site. Basically make sure you set up a local site in the site panel. It will ask where to put your local site on your computer. Just make sure you SWF is in that folder and you won’t get that error.
 
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