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Video: Uploading files

Whether you like to upload your files incrementally throughout the development process or all at once after a project is finished, Dreamweaver gives you a variety of options for connecting to your server and uploading files. In this chapter, we'll explore the Files panel in a little more detail and take advantage of several methods for uploading your files to your remote server. So I've defined the 16_05 folder as our root directory. And the first thing I want to do is expand my Site panel out a little bit more so I can see the full panel.
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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
      34s

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Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training
15h 22m Beginner Apr 30, 2010

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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
Subject:
Web
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
James Williamson

Uploading files

Whether you like to upload your files incrementally throughout the development process or all at once after a project is finished, Dreamweaver gives you a variety of options for connecting to your server and uploading files. In this chapter, we'll explore the Files panel in a little more detail and take advantage of several methods for uploading your files to your remote server. So I've defined the 16_05 folder as our root directory. And the first thing I want to do is expand my Site panel out a little bit more so I can see the full panel.

Now, the way to do that, let's come over to the Files panel and you'll notice a series of icons and you're looking for this icon, the far right one. That is the Expand icon. You want to go ahead and click that. Now, Mac users and PC users are going to notice a little something different here. PC users, the Site panel pretty much takes over the whole screen. It just blows up and the rest of Dreamweaver sort of goes away. For you Mac users, you'll notice that your Site panel is expanded but it's also floating over Dreamweaver itself. You're free to resize that, move it around, place it wherever you want.

It's really a personal choice and in the capabilities remain exactly the same. So the first thing you want to do when you're uploading files or downloading files from your remote server is to connect to it. And you'll notice that right up here in our Site panel toolbar, we have this little plug symbol that is the connection to the remote host indicator. I am going to go ahead and click that. When you do that, it's going to go out connect to your remote site and it's going to retrieve your remote data. So what I'm seeing in the left pane right now is my live site for my ExploreCalifornia.org.

On the right-hand side is my local site. So that's my development environment. I've got my remote environment on the left. I've got my local development environment on the right-hand side. Now more than likely, the first time you access your remote server, there won't be a whole lot on there. Your site that you are defining locally contains all the files. So probably the things that are in your remote server are just some of the default things that your web hosting company has placed. For example, we have all these error messages, 400, 401, 403, 404. And if somebody reaches your pages in error or can't find a certain page, those messages are going to show up.

So one of the things I am going to do is I am going to go ahead and select all six of those on the remote server, and I want to download those to my local site so that maybe I can redesign them and make them fit my site. So there are a couple different ways to do this. And as a matter fact I am going to do this one at a time so I can show you a couple of the different methods. Well, first off, if you select a file or series of files, you can right up here to your Site panel toolbar, highlight the Get files from remote, and just click. Now, anytime you upload or download a file, Dreamweaver is going to ask you this question, unless you tell it not to show it again.

It's going to ask you if you want to get any of the dependent files. Dependant files would be files that are linked to this page such as CSS files or images that are on the page, that sort of thing. Any other external files necessary for people to view that file or for that file to be functional. In this case, I am just going to say No because I only want that particular file. It's tempting to turn that off, but I'll be honest with you. Sometimes I do want to the dependent files to upload or download, and sometimes I don't. So I pretty much just leave that dialog box coming up, sort of knowing beforehand what I need to do it. All right.

So there now locally I have my 400.shtml. So that's good. Now, there are other ways to do this as well. I could select the 401, for example, and I could right click that and I could choose Get. Same dialog box comes up and I have my option and then I can go ahead and download that file. Now, there are other ways to doing this as well. Let's say I select the remaining files right here. I can then take those files and simply drag them from one pane to the next. So I can drag them right there into the root directory. When I let go, it's going to ask hey, you want the dependent files? And in this case, let's say No.

It's going to go ahead and bring all those down at the same time. Now obviously, the more files you move at once, the longer it's going to take and how fast this operation is, is largely dependent upon your Internet connection. So for really, really large file transfers, you should have a fairly fast connection and you should have little time to kill in between uploading or downloading all those files. That's especially true for the first time you upload your site as you are going to have a large amount of files to upload all at once. Okay, I want to take a look at one of those files that we just copied over.

So in my Files panel, I am just going to double click the icon for the 404 page, and sure enough it says File not found. The requested URL does not exist. That's a boring looking page. But that's the default 404 page from my web hosting company. And honestly I'm not paying them to design cool 404 sites. So I'm okay with that. What I am going to do though is go over to my assets folder and I'm going to open up my own error page, which I like better. It fits the branding of my site. It gives them a message that maybe a little humorous. I'm trying to diffuse the situation, and below that I'm giving them some contact information and forms to fill out in case there's a real problem going on.

So I want that to replace the 404 file but my Web server uses that 404 page where there is an error. So I just can't use this error.htm. So what I am going to do, I'll close the 404 file and then I am going to do a Save As. Going in my root directory, I am going to overwrite that 404 page and save it. Now, when I do that, notice that it gives me the option of updating links. So I'm going to choose Yes. That way all my graphics and everything will be current on the page. And there now, the error page is now the 404 page. Well, it's the 404 page locally, but it's not the 404 page remotely.

So in order to do that, I've got to expand the Files panel back out again and either drag and drop it over, or use my icons right? Wrong. When you're working on a page, if you're far enough long in your site process that your site's already live and you're just doing maintenance or if you are just doing what we are doing, you can upload and download files at any point in the design process. So right after saving my 404 file, I notice on the Document toolbar here are those Get and Put icons. If I grab that pulldown menu, notice that I can put this file on my remote server.

I am going to put it, and this time I am going to put the dependent files, just in case I have a graphic on this page that I haven't uploaded to my remote site yet. So I am going to go ahead and do that and off it goes. Now, you'll notice that if there are some problems, like maybe there's a file remotely that is newer than the file you have locally, Dreamweaver is going to let you know about that. Notice that its telling me that hey, your CSS file has changed on the remote server since you last put it. Putting the file may override changes. Do you want to put the file anyway? In this case, I am going to say Yes. Dreamweaver is really just trying to save you from yourself at that point.

It's just going to go ahead and say Yes to All, and make sure that you don't overwrite any changes that were just made by you or another team member. Now, because we're uploading dependent files, notice that it's taking a little bit longer and it gives you a list of all the files that it's uploading as well. Now, there is yet another way to upload files. If you wanted to upload one of these other files, let's say you've worked on one of these other files and you want to upload it as well, you could simply right click it in your Files panel and choose Get or Put. The Files panel doesn't have to be expanded either. You can highlight a file and used Get and Put right here as well.

So interacting with your remote server is such a common part of your design and development process, Dreamweaver has put those tools at your fingertips at almost every step of the process. In addition to making it easy to transfer files between servers, Dreamweaver also have some pretty powerful site management tools and we are going to explore using them in our next movie.

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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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