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Synchronizing site assets with the remote server

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Video: Synchronizing site assets with the remote server

Once you've configured and tested your FTP connection, you can upload your entire site to the remote server with a single step in the Files panel, or from the menu. I'll work primarily with the Files panel in these exercises. I'll go to the Files panel, and I'll select the Site header. This is the item in the tree at the very top that shows the site name. And then you can either right-click on that item and choose Put, or you can click the up arrow in the toolbar, which means the same thing.

Synchronizing site assets with the remote server

Once you've configured and tested your FTP connection, you can upload your entire site to the remote server with a single step in the Files panel, or from the menu. I'll work primarily with the Files panel in these exercises. I'll go to the Files panel, and I'll select the Site header. This is the item in the tree at the very top that shows the site name. And then you can either right-click on that item and choose Put, or you can click the up arrow in the toolbar, which means the same thing.

When I click the button, I'm asked whether I want to put the entire site onto the remote server. I'll click OK, and I'll see that the files are copied very quickly. Now, I'm working with an FTP Server on my local computer, and so the copying is incredibly fast. When you're working with an actual remote site, you'll see that it takes quite a bit longer. Now, to make sure that files have been copied correctly, I'll go to the Files panel and choose Remote Server, and I see that all of the files and directories have been successfully copied over.

Then I'll go back to the Local View. You can also use synchronization. When you synchronize, Dreamweaver checks the file names and time-date stamps for the files on the client and on the server, and then tells you which files have to be copied. I'll demonstrate this with the file phpinfo.php. I'll look at the code for this file. It sets a time zone, indicates the current time, and then outputs the result of the phpinfo function.

I'm looking at the file in my testing site, which is located in the dwwithphp folder. I'll change this URL to indicate that I want to look at the remote site, and I'll see that the output is exactly the same. It's two different copies of the page: one stored on the testing server, one stored on the remote server. Now I'm going to make a change to the file. I'll go to the code right before phpinfo, and I'll type echo and then an h1 tag wrapped in quotes, and then using a period to concatenate, I'll append PHP Info, another period, and then in quotes a closing h1 tag.

I'll save my changes and run the page in the browser using the Preview button, and I'll see the new h1 tag appear, and I'll note that I'm still working in the testing server. I'll change to the remote server, and I'll see that that version doesn't have the change. Now, I'll go back to Dreamweaver. To synchronize, I'm going to right-click on the site heading and choose Synchronize. You can also click on a button on the toolbar. The Synchronize Files dialog box asks me which direction I want to synchronize in.

The options are to put newer files to remote, get newer files from remote, or to do both Get and Put operations at the same time. I'll choose the default, putting newer files to remote. I'll Preview, and after a very quick moment, Dreamweaver indicates that the phpinfo.php file is needed. There is another file here that it picked up that I don't want to put onto the site. I'll click that, and then click the Ignore button, which looks like a little stop sign.

I'll click OK, and the file is very quickly copied to the remote site. I'll switch back to the browser, which is showing the PHP Info page on the remote site, and I'll just refresh, and I'll show that the change appears. I now see the new text that I had changed in the local site, because it has been synchronized to the remote site. When you use the synchronization function, you can either do it for the entire site, as I showed here, or you can do it for one folder at a time, or one file at a time.

Just select the file, folders, or site that you want to synchronize, and then start the synchronization function. It's also worth noting that in your Exercise Files directory, you'll have a new set of files, called dwsync.xml. This file appears in the notes subfolder of every physical folder of your site. It's an XML file that tracks all of the files in your site, and includes information about the local copy, the remote copy, and the date-time stamps expressed as integer values, indicating which version is which, and how they might differ.

The dwsync.xml file is used by Dreamweaver to handle the synchronization process. If you have any troubles with synchronization, you can simply wipe out the dwsync.xml files from your entire structure. Remember, there are multiple versions of dwsync.xml, one in the notes subfolder of every site folder. After you've gotten rid of those XML files, re-put everything onto your remote site, and the synchronization files will be recreated for you.

So that's a look at how to work with the remote site using the FTP capabilities of Dreamweaver CS5. You can put files, folders, or the entire site onto the remote site, or you can synchronize, automatically detecting changes in the local files, and copying only those files to the remote site as needed.

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Dreamweaver with PHP and MySQL

61 video lessons · 36371 viewers

David Gassner
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  1. 8m 48s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      2m 17s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 40s
    4. Understanding the differences between Dreamweaver CS5.5 and CS6
      3m 26s
  2. 19m 31s
    1. Understanding static vs. dynamic web pages
      4m 32s
    2. Selecting application and database servers
      6m 10s
    3. Introducing Apache, MySQL, and PHP
      6m 36s
    4. Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP
      2m 13s
  3. 39m 34s
    1. Defining a Dreamweaver site
      3m 22s
    2. Configuring a PHP testing server
      7m 48s
    3. Creating and testing a PHP-based web page
      8m 25s
    4. Adding PHP commands with the Insert panel
      3m 14s
    5. Setting and outputting simple variables
      3m 56s
    6. Testing pages with Live view and Live Code view
      2m 9s
    7. Using server-side includes
      7m 50s
    8. Navigating included pages with the Code Navigator
      2m 50s
  4. 36m 37s
    1. Using code hinting with PHP variables
      5m 31s
    2. Understanding PHP custom classes
      6m 38s
    3. Adding Zend Framework to PHP on Windows
      5m 18s
    4. Adding Zend Framework to PHP on Mac
      4m 2s
    5. Using the Site-Specific Code Hints feature
      3m 43s
    6. Using Zend Framework classes with code hints
      7m 26s
    7. Managing reusable code with the Snippets panel
      3m 59s
  5. 18m 27s
    1. Understanding relational databases
      5m 26s
    2. Creating a MySQL database in phpMyAdmin
      4m 41s
    3. Adding data in phpMyAdmin
      2m 46s
    4. Importing a completed database from a script
      5m 34s
  6. 39m 35s
    1. Defining a Dreamweaver database connection
      5m 27s
    2. Building a simple recordset
      4m 31s
    3. Building an advanced recordset
      5m 1s
    4. Displaying data with repeating regions
      6m 4s
    5. Displaying data in a dynamic table
      4m 15s
    6. Formatting dynamic data
      4m 54s
    7. Displaying the total number of records
      2m 4s
    8. Limiting records with paging controls
      4m 5s
    9. Creating conditional regions
      3m 14s
  7. 43m 12s
    1. Building a simple data entry form
      5m 27s
    2. Handling form submissions with PHP
      5m 12s
    3. Creating a customer email form
      3m 9s
    4. Validating form controls with Spry
      7m 54s
    5. Populating a list control with dynamic data
      4m 50s
    6. Working with multiple checkbox controls
      8m 5s
    7. Sending email with Zend_Mail
      8m 35s
  8. 50m 51s
    1. Using data wizards
      6m 20s
    2. Formatting dates for SQL
      5m 27s
    3. Creating a custom data entry form
      4m 50s
    4. Preparing a database table for server behaviors
      3m 3s
    5. Using the Insert Record server behavior
      5m 42s
    6. Preparing an update form
      7m 6s
    7. Using the Update Form behavior
      5m 46s
    8. Creating list page links to edit and update data
      7m 3s
    9. Using the Delete Record server behavior
      5m 34s
  9. 14m 45s
    1. Creating a login form with a PHP server behavior
      6m 29s
    2. Protecting page access with PHP server behaviors
      4m 17s
    3. Logging out with a PHP server behavior
      3m 59s
  10. 22m 50s
    1. Configuring a remote server with FTP credentials
      4m 42s
    2. Synchronizing site assets with the remote server
      5m 27s
    3. Exporting the MySQL database to a script
      3m 8s
    4. Importing the MySQL database on a remote server
      2m 24s
    5. Configuring the site for the remote database
      7m 9s
  11. 52s
    1. Final thoughts
      52s

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