Join James Williamson for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files and a local site, part of Dreamweaver CC 2013 Essential Training.
If you're a Premium member of the Lynda.com online training library, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Exercise files for this course are arranged by chapter. And are located in folders that are named based on the movie numbers they represent. Since each exercise is self contained, you'll want to work with each of these folders individually. I recommend copying the exercise files folder to your desktop, and then redefining your local Dreamweaver site using the new exercise folder as the root folder.
Hm, now since we haven't even really introduced Dreamweaver yet, much less discusses how to set up a Dreamweaver site. I'll go ahead and demonstrate the basics of this for you. So, here I am in Dreamweaver, and I went ahead and copied over my exercise folders to my Desktop. So, the only thing that you have to know about Dreamweaver at this point is how to define a local site. And we're going to go into that in a lot more detail a little bit later on in the title. So, I'm just going to show you the very basics of it. So starting with the Welcome screen right here in the center of your screen, I'm just going to click on create new Dreamweaver site. And I only need to do this once when I initially set up the course. I'll go ahead and give this a site name, and just for what we're doing I'll just type in DW for Dreamweaver CC Essential.
Course name is really up to you. It doesn't matter what you call it, just something that's going to remind you what it is you're doing. Now, here's the important part this little dialog box right here for the local site folder. This is essentially Dreamweaver asking you which files you want to work on. So, I'm going to click the Browse Folder. I come right here to the right of that and go out to my Desktop. I'll find my Exercise folder, and depending on which exercise I'm working on, I'd look for that folder. So, for example, if I was going to be working on the exercise 0103, I'd go in the Chapter 1 directory.
Find that folder and select it. Now on the PC, you'll highlight that folder and you'll click the Select button on the Mac you'll highlight folder and click the Choose button, so slight difference there. That's all you have to do, as soon as you hit that, you hit Save. And then in the Files panel, Dreamweaver will make those Exercise files available to you. Now when you're finished with one exercise and ready to move onto another, you don't need to redefine another site. All you have to do is edit your existing site, and I want to show you the easiest way to do that. One you can go up and double-click on the name of the site. Or you can just grab this pull-down menu and select it from the list of sites, and it'll bring up the same dialog box we were just in. After you get that, all you have to do is redefine where the local site folder is. Just point it to the very next exercise.
Choose that, save it. Dreamweaver will update everything and your new files will be available for you right here in the Files folder. Now, that's just the very basics of how to define a site, so that you can work with all of our exercise files. Later on, I'll go into site definitions and site structure in a much more detailed fashion.
- Learning how to approach web design
- Managing workspaces
- Defining a new site
- Managing starter pages
- Exploring the authoring options
- Creating links
- Setting CSS preferences and styling a page
- Placing and styling images
- Working with tabular data
- Uploading files
- Checking for broken links
Skill Level Beginner
What is Dreamweaver?1m 4s
1. The Dreamweaver Interface
2. Managing Projects
3. Creating New Documents
4. Authoring Options
5. Structuring Documents
6. Creating Links
7. Managing CSS
8. Working with Images
9. Working with Tables
10. Site Management
Where to go from here1m 15s
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