Join Joseph Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up a Business Catalyst site in Dreamweaver, part of Getting Started with Dreamweaver CS5 and Business Catalyst.
After you've been installed the Business Catalyst extension and restarted Dreamweaver, it's just a few steps to make the connection to your BC sites. Open the Business Catalyst panel if it's not already open, and enter in your login details. These are the same login details that you set up previously with BC: so, my e-mail address, and password. I've clicked Login, and now you see a list of all my sites that I have set up: there is Nice Joe, which you'll recall as the name that I choose for my own partner portal, and then Nice Joes which is the client-side.
So I'll go ahead and choose this. Before I do, notice that we have two empty circles here. I'll go ahead and click it. And then after I log in again to set up the FTP connection, which is, again, using the same e-mail address and password that you had previously defined, log in, and now we have an opportunity to set up the entire site. Because we are using the files that are already on the BC site, I'm going to go ahead and choose the Local Root Folder here so that I can transfer that data, and I'm going to put it in my Sites folder.
I'm going to create a new folder for that, click Choose, and then choose Setup. After BC connects to the server, you'll get a message that everything is set up and complete, and the option to download the site locally. I'm going to go ahead and do that, so I have all of these files available on my Dreamweaver local site root. Dreamweaver will ask if I want to get the entire site. We click OK. Downloading the files from the site might take a while because Business Catalyst wants to make sure that you have all the files available that you'll need. Okay.
Our sites are complete. Now let's take a look at the Business Catalyst dropdown list. Where before I had two open circles, now I have one filled-in circle, and one open circle. The filled-in circle represents a site that has been properly set up. Let's open up our Files panel now, and I'll bring that open and expand the folder where you can see a number of files in the root folder have been included, as well as a template folder, style sheets, folder for images, and layouts.
Now the layouts we'll get into a little bit later, but I just want to expand it and show you the range of some of the things that are available in Business Catalyst. So all of these folders here represent different layouts, and there are subfolders within all of these that you can use to customize your site further. All right, with your Business Catalyst and Dreamweaver sites synced, you're ready to start working with the files.
Prerequisite: Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training.
- Exploring the capabilities of Business Catalyst
- Modifying Business Catalyst modules and templates in Dreamweaver
- Extending to clients the ability to modify their web pages in the browser
- Managing downloadable documents with the Literature module
- Utilizing Business Catalyst's customer and content management features
- Creating email marketing campaigns
- Building a store catalog
- Setting up a payment gateway
- Customizing the checkout experience