Join Joseph Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Establishing a Dreamweaver site, part of Dreamweaver and WordPress: Core Concepts.
To make sure your WordPress Dreamweaver workflow is smooth you'll need to set up your Dreamweaver site with the appropriate testing server. Dreamweaver's New Site dialog box makes it very straightforward. So, there are a couple of ways you can open the Site Setup dialog box. You can either go to the Site menu up here and choose New Site, or if you have the Welcome Screen open like I do, choose Dreamweaver Site under the Create New column. Now, if you're just setting up a standard HTML site, all you would need to do is to enter the two values on this initial screen. We'll have to do a bit more.
But let's start there by naming our site. I'm going to call this one Roux Academy. Of course, that's just a name that's going to appear within Dreamweaver. So you do want to name it something that's easy to recognize. So now we're going to choose the Local Site Folder. I'll click the Folder icon. Then browse to my htdocs folder which is the local site root, and select the roux_academy folder. Now, be careful that you don't want to choose blog because we want to get the entire site, not just the blog portion of it.
So, I click Choose, and there is the path to our local site root folder. Now that I have that identified, all I need to do is to add a testing server. So, I'll click on servers in the left column. You can add as many servers as you like. To define a server, click on the Add button. We'll start the process by entering in a Server Name in the top field. We'll call this Testing. We want to connect using, not FTP, but Local/Network. That will change what you see on the screen.
All we have to do now is select the Server Folder. That's going to be the exact same folder we've been working with. So again, I'll go to htdocs > roux_academy, and click Choose. Now, I want to enter in my local web URL. So, I'll put in after the http://localhost/roux_academy. You can put in the trailing slash or not. If you don't, Dreamweaver will put it in for you. Let's switch over to the Advanced Tab.
I'm going to choose my Server Model from the list here down at the bottom. I'm going to select PHP MySQL of course, and click Save. There you see our server listed in the Server panel. Dreamweaver has a tendency to always assume that the first server defined is a Remote server. We want to switch that to Testing. So, clear the check box under the Remote column, and click the check box under Testing. If you don't do this, Dreamweaver will not recognize the server when you try to access it during live view. Let's click Save.
Once Dreamweaver updates the site cache, we can see all of our files in the Files panel over on the right, including the blog folder. Let's go ahead and open up that blog folder, and I will expand the listings here so we can see the various names. Then I'm going to double-click on index.php, the very first file listed here. Let me go ahead and go into Split view. You may be a little surprised if this is the first time you've ever seen a dynamically related file, to notice that Design view is completely blank.
And what's more over in Code view there's very little code. That's because of the way that WordPress constructs its pages dynamically. So, let's take a look at how this page might actually look in the browser by switching to Live view. I'll go to design. Here's the same page that we saw in the browser with yet a different image. Let me go ahead and click Refresh to see how that random header image functionality is still working, and it is. There's the rest of our page.
So, it's the exact same page that we see in the browser. Now, your WordPress site is set up within Dreamweaver, and it's ready to be customized.
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
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:
- From the Start menu, enter CMD to open the command line interface.
- 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.
- Enter the following: mysql -u root
- The command line for MySQL will open with a mysql prompt like this: mysql>
- Enter the following:
SET PASSWORD for 'root'@'localhost' = PASSWORD('yourPassword');
- replace 'yourPassword' with the password you want to use.
- Close the CMD window.
After you change the MySQL password you will have to edit the config.inc.php file. Here's how:
- In Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\wamp\apps\phpmyadmin188.8.131.52 (version number may vary).
- Open the file config.inc.php in Dreamweaver or another text editor.
- Locate the following line:
$cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] = '';
- Enter your password between the quotes; make sure the password is the same as the one you set in the MySQL server.
- Save the file.
- From the system tray icon for WAMP, choose Restart All Services.
- 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!)
- Left-click on the WampServer icon tray.
- Choose phpMyAdmin.
- When the phpMyAdmin page opens in your browser, click the Privileges tab found after the Engines tab.
- Locate the line in the User table with "root - localhost - No..." (probably the last one).
- Click the Edit icon (the final item in the row).
- Scroll down to the Change Password section.
- Select Password and enter your password twice. (If you're following the exercises, enter root).
- Click Go in the lower-right corner.
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.