Class Notes


Dreamweaver

File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

"File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a standard network protocol used to exchange and manipulate files over a TCP/IP based network, such as the Internet." (wikipedia)


FTP is the normal way to upload your files to your server, which is what displays your website online.


Dreamweaver has built-in FTP functionality, and allows for auto-uploading, upon saving a file.


"Local": (as in "Local view" or "Local files")

Refers to file(s) on the computer you are currently working on. Local files do NOT show up online.


"Remote": (as in "Remote view" or "Remote files")

Refers to file(s) on your server (the computer that actually displays your website online). Remote files DO show up online.


Dreamweaver "Site" setup

Dreamweaver new site

Dreamweaver local info

Under "Local Info", enter the following information:
  • 1) Site name: Enter anything you want here - this is just used for your own purposes - "My BGSU site" as an example
  • 2) Local root folder: This is the location on YOUR computer where the files that you're working on will be stored. This is also the place where Dreamweaver will look when you select "Local view" from the FILES tab dropdown.
  • Ignore the rest - leave as their default.


Dreamweaver remote info

Under "Remote Info", enter the following information:
  • 1) Access: select "FTP"
  • 2) FTP host: this is the IP address of your "host", the server in which your online files are held. In the case of your Digital Arts website, the FTP host is digitalarts.bgsu.edu
  • 3) Host directory: this is the directory (folder) in which you'd like your files to go when you upload them. In your online directory, you may want to create a folder named "ARTC433", or "ARTC331"...etc. In that case, you would enter that folder name into this line.
  • 4) Login: this is the FTP username for your hosting account (in this case it's your BGSU username)
  • 5) Password: this is the FTP password for your hosting account (in this case it's your BGSU password)
  • 6) Use Secure FTP (SFTP): This IS required to connect to your BGSU website.
  • 7) Maintain synchronization information: Leave checked - this allows Dreamweaver to determine which file is the most recently saved file.
  • 8) Automatically upload files to server on save: Check this box. This will upload your file every time you save it.


Dreamweaver edit site

1) You can edit a "Site" by double clicking on it's name in the dropdown of the FILES tab.