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Previewing pages

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I want to talk about the various methods for previewing web pages. And also show you something that can occur depending upon how you set up your testing server piece. So this is going to correct an issue that our testing server and installing the course files movie led us to. And this can happen to you on your own so I just want to show it to you so you know how to deal with it. Now the easiest way to preview files in the browser, and I just opened up our home page named Index, is to use this globe, and whatever browsers were installed on your system when DreamWeaver was installed, they will be pulled in to this area.

Previewing pages

I want to talk about the various methods for previewing web pages. And also show you something that can occur depending upon how you set up your testing server piece. So this is going to correct an issue that our testing server and installing the course files movie led us to. And this can happen to you on your own so I just want to show it to you so you know how to deal with it. Now the easiest way to preview files in the browser, and I just opened up our home page named Index, is to use this globe, and whatever browsers were installed on your system when DreamWeaver was installed, they will be pulled in to this area.

You can see the shortcuts are here. It's very handy to get used to using the shortcuts to get into your browser. Now within this area, I will preview in Firefox, and I get this message. Now I thought we set up a testing server when we set up our course files. So I'll say would you like to specify one now, I will click yes. And here is what's going on. This site has been set up. You can see there's a green arrow. And this is 1 of the newer features in Dreamweaver.

So, you may not have this in your version. But notice how servers has this Red icon. And if I hover over it, it says incomplete. I defined a testing Server as the name but I did not define a Testing Server in the important area, which is over here at the other end. What Dreamweaver is saying is you don't have a Testing Server, you don't have a way to view PHP pages from within Dreamweaver.

What we want to do is we don't have a remote Server. What we have is a testing server. So I'll just click testing, uncheck remote. If we had a web server out on the Internet that we wanted to be able to upload to from Dreamweaver, we use remote. But if want a local development environment, we just choose testing. Now, if I save, you can see I can immediately preview a page. So we'll go back. I'll show you that same piece.

Now we preview in Firefox, open it up and there's our website. So you must check that check box for testing when you set up your site in Dreamweaver, if you want to be able to use it as a testing environment. In our dynamic slide we went through the need for an application type server, and our server installed PHP and My Sequel at the same time, so that's what Dreamweaver needs to know about. Whereas the PHP located for processing this page, because our header and our footer are being pulled in...

By using something called includes. In other words PHP has to be operating in order for that to work. So we have fixed that piece now let's view some other ways to preview our pages. Another method is this live view button and this live view button, as of CS5 has become a very active button. If you click Live view, I can preview my page right from within the Dreamweaver interface. What it does, is turn on a browser right within this area, now this is not going to be how it looks in every browser. However, it is a full fledged browser, within the Dream Weaver interface as of now.

If I click that button, though. Notice our insert bar is completely greyed out. You cannot edit in this live view. Just like you cannot edit your webpage in a browser. So in order to edit once again, you click that button 1 more time. Moves you out of browser view. And most of you into the ability to edit once again in Dreamweaver. And it's very easy to accidentally bump this button, not realized you've clicked it and you're having trouble editing in the inter phase, and that's all it is. So that is how you can preview pages.

Now you have two short cuts for your main two browsers if you wish to add more browsers Then these two. Which ever two you want on your system. You select browser list. And it takes you out to the preferences area. Where you can add more browsers. So you can put more then two on, but only two of them have the ability to be default shortcuts. So that is editing your browser list. The other piece you can do in here is device central, is a location where you can preview your web pages within mobile devices.

So that's device central. The other piece browser Lem is a service you can pay for on a monthly basis from Adobe. And it allows you to preview in different operating systems and different browsers without having to maintain Those systems yourself. You can kind of borrow Adobe's so to speak. And it's a monthly service. Comes in handy so you're not going to have every computer available. Browser Lab gives you the opportunity to do that. So once you come here, you have to sign into your Browser Lab account, and then you have access to viewing your pages.

So those are the various methods, for previewing your pages from within Dreamweaver, and being able to go out and see what they will look like in the browsers themselves.

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Dynamic Dreamweaver Websites: Creating Login Areas

43 video lessons · 1675 viewers

Candyce Mairs
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  1. 1m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 32s
  2. 2m 57s
    1. Course overview
      1m 16s
    2. The course environment
      1m 41s
  3. 26m 58s
    1. Static vs. dynamic requests
      4m 8s
    2. Installing XAMPP on a Windows system
      8m 54s
    3. Installing MAMP on a Mac system
      4m 29s
    4. Using admin consoles
      3m 54s
    5. Installing the course files
      5m 33s
  4. 18m 36s
    1. Overview of the Dreamweaver interface
      6m 22s
    2. Setting up the course site
      6m 20s
    3. Previewing pages
      5m 54s
  5. 33m 38s
    1. Creating PHP pages
      5m 45s
    2. Adding PHP code
      5m 44s
    3. Displaying variables
      4m 45s
    4. Commenting your code
      5m 30s
    5. Working with includes
      5m 58s
    6. Building the course templates
      5m 56s
  6. 35m 13s
    1. What is a database?
      5m 2s
    2. Adding database tables
      7m 34s
    3. Connecting to the database
      8m 28s
    4. Getting data from a database: Part one
      8m 25s
    5. Getting data from a database: Part two
      5m 44s
  7. 1h 16m
    1. Planning the login process
      7m 25s
    2. Creating a login form
      7m 45s
    3. Adding form validation: Part one
      9m 22s
    4. Adding form validation: Part two
      1m 37s
    5. Exploring the registration page
      7m 17s
    6. Correcting table fields
      6m 1s
    7. Setting up the login landing page
      4m 1s
    8. Using server behaviors
      3m 36s
    9. Inserting new members
      8m 48s
    10. User authentication
      10m 3s
    11. Restricting access to pages
      5m 17s
    12. Testing the login
      4m 53s
  8. 1h 6m
    1. Admin area overview
      5m 9s
    2. Adding new users
      5m 19s
    3. Restricting access
      12m 25s
    4. Planning the admin update area
      5m 19s
    5. Building the members table listing
      6m 55s
    6. Building the querystring
      9m 14s
    7. Populating the update form
      6m 33s
    8. Updating the database data
      11m 28s
    9. Testing the admin update process
      3m 47s

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