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With your site design finalized, you are ready to go live. Let's take a look at the best way to accomplish that to make sure all of your files get transferred properly and WordPress works appropriately. The first task is to set up the remote server. So we'll need to open up the Site Setup dialog box, which you can do most easily by double-clicking on the site name in the Files panel. Once that opens up, we'll go into the Servers category where you'll recall we set up a testing server initially. Now we're going to add another server, so click the Add New Server option, and let's name this one remote.
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  1. 4m 7s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 54s
    3. A word about updates
      1m 15s
  2. 15m 28s
    1. Overview
      1m 51s
    2. Creating the database and the initial site
      3m 45s
    3. Configuring WordPress
      5m 54s
    4. Establishing a Dreamweaver site
      3m 58s
  3. 20m 18s
    1. Accessing dynamically related files
      4m 12s
    2. Filtering files
      4m 20s
    3. Following links
      4m 15s
    4. Employing Live Code
      2m 54s
    5. Enabling site-specific code hinting
      4m 37s
  4. 21m 8s
    1. Adding blog posts
      4m 55s
    2. Editing blog posts
      3m 20s
    3. Adding new pages
      2m 59s
    4. Including images
      6m 59s
    5. Adding videos to posts
      2m 55s
  5. 18m 12s
    1. Understanding WordPress structure
      3m 52s
    2. Activating a theme
      7m 21s
    3. Setting up a child theme
      6m 59s
  6. 1h 29m
    1. Updating the page structure and the background
      12m 53s
    2. Working with web fonts
      4m 3s
    3. Styling a header
      11m 48s
    4. Adding header functions
      7m 40s
    5. Setting up content columns
      10m 9s
    6. Changing the main content
      5m 17s
    7. Managing the content code
      4m 48s
    8. Customizing the sidebar
      10m 32s
    9. Styling search
      7m 8s
    10. Working with search text
      5m 49s
    11. Integrating the footer
      9m 40s
  7. 27m 18s
    1. Setting up media queries
      6m 12s
    2. Customizing for tablets
      12m 19s
    3. Building smartphone layouts
      8m 47s
  8. 23m 28s
    1. Working with categories and posts
      5m 31s
    2. Developing category-driven pages
      11m 22s
    3. Changing headers by category
      6m 35s
  9. 36m 32s
    1. Adding Spry accordion panels
      17m 44s
    2. Working with Spry form validation
      11m 56s
    3. Integrating jQuery functionality
      6m 52s
  10. 11m 7s
    1. Understanding WordPress plugins
      6m 20s
    2. Styling plugin output
      4m 47s
  11. 25m 44s
    1. Customizing the Dashboard
      6m 52s
    2. Working with WordPress functions
      8m 7s
    3. Including administration interactivity
      10m 45s
  12. 13m 10s
    1. Setting up the data in WordPress
      2m 17s
    2. Adding dynamic data from WordPress to your web pages
      10m 53s
  13. 11m 38s
    1. Modifying general settings
      4m 12s
    2. Setting up users
      3m 11s
    3. Restricting access to specific WordPress pages
      4m 15s
  14. 26m 38s
    1. Exporting and importing WordPress files
      7m 9s
    2. Backing up and restoring the database
      8m 10s
    3. Transferring files
      6m 3s
    4. Testing and fine-tuning
      5m 16s
  15. 18s
    1. Next steps
      18s

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Dreamweaver and WordPress: Core Concepts
5h 44m Intermediate May 27, 2010 Updated Oct 23, 2012

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In this course, author Joseph Lowery shows how to combine the utility of WordPress and the power of Adobe Dreamweaver to transition existing websites to the WordPress platform. The course demonstrates how to create new blog posts and pages, customize WordPress themes, and extend WordPress editable pages from within Dreamweaver. It also covers how to add Spry elements, add and customize plugins, and enhance WordPress-stored content with Dreamweaver's dynamic pages. Plus, a chapter on responsive design shows how you can adapt your layouts for tablets and mobile devices.

Topics include:
  • Using the Dynamically-Related Files feature in Dreamweaver to design WordPress pages
  • Applying WordPress themes
  • Customizing themes
  • Adding Spry widgets
  • Adding WordPress dynamic data
  • Populating the WordPress database
  • Publishing a WordPress site
Subjects:
Web CMS Blogs Web Design
Software:
Dreamweaver WordPress
Author:
Joseph Lowery

Transferring files

With your site design finalized, you are ready to go live. Let's take a look at the best way to accomplish that to make sure all of your files get transferred properly and WordPress works appropriately. The first task is to set up the remote server. So we'll need to open up the Site Setup dialog box, which you can do most easily by double-clicking on the site name in the Files panel. Once that opens up, we'll go into the Servers category where you'll recall we set up a testing server initially. Now we're going to add another server, so click the Add New Server option, and let's name this one remote.

This time instead of going to local/network, we'll connect using FTP. So I'm going to put in my FTP Address which is actually a sub domain that I set up for testing purposes here, and it's roux.lowerytest.com. The Port stays the same and put in my Username and Password. Make sure that you've got the Save check box selected so you won't have to reenter it every time and then click Test. Well, good news. We've been connected to the web server successfully, always gratifying to see that.

Click OK, now this is going to a specific directory so I don't need to put in a Root Directory entry here, but I can go ahead and change the web URL so any link checking will be handled properly. Once that information is in, that's all we really need to do. So let's click Save and note that Dreamweaver automatically picks up that this is a Remote server and then checks that off, that's good. And let me save this configuration. Dreamweaver will recreate the cache, and once it's finished we'll be ready to upload the files.

Now to do this, I'm going to go ahead and expand my Files panel, and let's make this pretty big here. We'll have it take over the whole screen. When you first come in, you're very likely to have your Local Files on the right and a blank site on a Remote Server on the left. Note that there are up top both a Remote Server and Testing Server icons. You want to make sure that Remote Server is selected, and once that's selected click the Connect to Remote Server icon.

When Dreamweaver makes the connection, it will show you what files are located in the directory you specified if there are any. Since I just set this up as a sub domain, the folder is empty. Normally, when you set up a site, there may be a couple of files that were established by the company, including a standard index.html file saying that the site is being set up as well as some corporate images perhaps. You want to be sure to remove any and all those files. Now I'm ready to upload this site, and you might think that I would just leave the uppermost folder selected and choose Put, but that's going to upload all of the files on the site, and for our purposes that's not quite correct.

We want to upload almost all the files. In fact, we want upload them all except for two. To explain what I mean, let's first expand the blog folder. Now the one file in here that I don't want to upload is wpconfig.php, because I'm planning on installing WordPress remotely. One way to avoid this being uploaded is to right- click on it, choose Cloaking, and then select Cloak. You'll see a red slash through the file, kind of the universal symbol of don't do that, and here it's telling Dreamweaver not to upload this file.

The other file that you want to be concerned with is within the Connections folder. The Connections folder was created in the lesson adding WordPress dynamic data to pages. And within the Connections folder is my connexhibits.php. Now this has all of the connection information for my local database which may be, and most likely is, different from what's on your Remote Server. Now honestly Dreamweaver doesn't really handle this very well. There are third-party extensions to Dreamweaver which allow you to work with any number of database connections and handle those appropriately, but instead of installing those, let me show you a workaround that I've developed.

I'm going to duplicate it twice, so I'll press Command+D once, and then again, and you can see that Dreamweaver appends the term Copy and Copy to the file name. I am going to change this first file name to connexhibits-local, and this file we'll just leave alone. This is actually just a direct copy of our local Connection file. This other one I'll rename to connExhibits remote. Now this is the file that you would open up, go into Code view, and then change the hostname, if there is a change, database name, database username, and database password.

Once you have all of those bits of information, save the file. I'm just going to make this password just to insert something different here. I'll save that file, close it, and let's go back to our Files panel, and I'm going to expand again. Well, now I'm going to use my same Cloaking ability for the local files, and I can actually select them both simultaneously and then right- click and choose Cloaking > Cloak, which should Cloak both of those files. And once I close my folder, I'm ready to select all of my files and put them online. So I'll click Put.

Dreamweaver will ask if we want to put up dependent files. Since I have everything selected, I can go ahead and click No, and it will begin the process of uploading the files. Now once the files are transferred, you'll be ready to take the next step which depends on how you want to bring your data in. If you want to use WordPress' import/export future, follow the steps outlined in the exporting and importing WordPress files lesson. If you'd prefer to go the direct database route, go for the approach detailed in backing up and restoring your database.

Either way, you'll be able to move your local development to the remote location on your way to go in life.

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Q: While trying to set up a Dreamweaver site, an error occurs that says Dreamweaver cannot resolve the dynamic files because the site definition is incorrect. What is causing this? This is using WAMP on a Windows 7 computer.
A: When setting up the site in Dreamweaver and creating a local testing server, make sure to point it to the folder in c:/wamp/www/ that is being used for the site. If using the same naming convention as shown in the videos, the server folder should be pointing to C:\wamp\www\explore_ca\ and the Web URL field should read http://localhost/explore_ca/, like the picture here:

Q: How do I set the password for WAMP Server 2?
A: The WAMP server does not include a password for MySQL when first installed. You’ll need to add a password by modifying a configuration text file and set up a password in the MySQL server.
Setting a password on the MySQL server:

  1. From the Start menu, enter CMD to open the command line interface.
  2. Switch to the bin directory of your MySQL folder, installed by WAMP. For version 5.1.36 of MySQL, for example, enter cd c:\wamp\bin\mysql\mysql5.1.36\bin
    Navigate within the WAMP folder installed on your system to find the proper path.
  3.  Enter the following: mysql -u root
  4. The command line for MySQL will open with a mysql prompt like this: mysql>
  5. Enter the following:
    SET PASSWORD for 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('yourPassword');
    - replace 'yourPassword' with the password you want to use. 
  6. Close the CMD window.
Setting the password in the phpMyAdmin config file:
After you change the MySQL password you will have to edit the config.inc.php file. Here's how:
  1. In Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\wamp\apps\phpmyadmin3.2.0.1 (version number may vary). 
  2. Open the file config.inc.php in Dreamweaver or another text editor.
  3. Locate the following line:
    $cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] = '';
  4. Enter your password between the quotes; make sure the password is the same as the one you set in the MySQL server.
  5. Save the file.
  6. From the system tray icon for WAMP, choose Restart All Services.
  7. To test, choose phpMyAdmin from the WAMP system tray icon.

Q: After creating a template following the instructions in the Chapter 5 video “Creating a page template in Dreamweaver,” I am unable to select the template. In the video, the instructor’s page shows a heading of Template, with a dropdown menu, but my version shows only a dropdown labeled “Attributes,” and the newly created template does not appear. What is causing this issue?
A: This seems to be a bug in WordPress that occurs occasionally. Although a cause has yet to be determined, a possible workaround to get the Template option to appear is switch themes. Switching to the default theme and then back again to Explore_California should reveal the Template option.
Q: While following along with the instructions in the "Setting up a MySQL password for Windows," I encountered this error: MySQL said: "#1045 – Access denied for user ‘root’@’localhost’ (using password: NO)" What is causing this error?
A: This error occurs when trying to enter the MySQL monitor with a password for a user who has not set a password yet. In that case, removing the “-u root” part should resolve the problem.
Q: While following along to the chapter 2 movie "Using dynamically related files," I get an error message that reads: "Dynamically-related files could not be resolved because the site definition is not correct for this server." What is causing this error?
A: This is a known issue with Dreamweaver, and relates to the permalink settings in the WordPress installation. If the permalink setting is set to something other than the default, like “Month & Name,” for example, Dreamweaver is unable to resolve the dynamic files, and the described error will occur. Changing the permalink setting back to Default will clear the error.
Q: I am bit confused as to my need to use MAMP with a WordPress site in Dreamweaver. If I am going to use a separate commercial hosting site as my server, do I still need to use MAMP in my WordPress site?
A: MAMP is installed to provide an easy-to-use development server capable of handling MySQL and PHP on your local computer. It's also possible to set up MySQL and PHP servers separately, but it requires many more steps and is not as "user-friendly" as the described process. Your hosting server will have MySQL/PHP enabled on their servers for the remote live setup, but that doesn't have anything to do with developing and testing pages on your own computer.
Q: I can't find the file named commevents.php in the exercise files. I need it to set up an online database in the last chapter.
A: This is a file you create yourself when you first connect to a database. Refer to the "Adding WordPress dynamic data to pages" video in Chapter 7. commevents.php should appear in the Connections folder once you establish a connection.
Q:  In "Setting up a MySQL password for Windows", I'm getting the error "#1045 - Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost'" when testing the phpMyAdmin.

If I try and re-do the steps, I get the following error "ERROR 1044 (42000): Access denied for user ''@'localhost' to database mysql'" when I try to change the password.
A: This seems to be happening because of the combination of Windows 7 and a
new version of WampServer 2.1. Here's another approach that should work
for the new combination.

Follow these steps instead of the ones using the CMD prompt. (As a bonus, they're much easier!)
  1. Left-click on the WampServer icon tray.
  2. Choose phpMyAdmin.
  3. When the phpMyAdmin page opens in your browser, click the Privileges tab found after the Engines tab.
  4. Locate the line in the User table with "root - localhost - No..." (probably the last one).
  5. Click the Edit icon (the final item in the row).
  6. Scroll down to the Change Password section.
  7. Select Password and enter your password twice. (If you're following the exercises, enter root).
  8. Click Go in the lower-right corner.
Now follow the rest of the steps in "Setting up a MySQL password for Windows" video, starting at the 4:13 mark. This is where you use a text editor to make a change in the config.inc PHP file and restart all WampServer services when you're done.
Q:  I want to setup the practice files and site on my localhost, as described; however, I already have my current WordPress site (under development) running on my localhost. How do I run two WordPress sites on my localhost?
A:  You can easily do it by setting up another site in Dreamweaver. Just copy the WordPress files to that folder as described and establish a new database via phpMyAdmin. You can set up as many WordPress sites as you need to. The author has upwards of 80 on his system, all for different clients.
Q: This course was updated on 10/23/2012. What changed?
A: The course was thoroughly revised and uses the most current versions of both programs. We added chapters on responsive design and creating a custom administration panel in WordPress, new movies about concepts and taxonomies, and extended the Spry chapter to include jQuery, among other changes. New movies are indicated by the NEW tag next to the movie name.
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