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Editing an existing website in Dreamweaver

Created by: Gabriel Greenwood ‘12

1. Open Adobe Dreamweaver. From the menu bar, select Site > Manage Sites

 

 

2. You now have two options.

You may download the site you wish to edit into a local directory on the computer you are using, then upload it to the web when you are finished. Or, you may edit the site via a remote FTP or RDS server without downloading it.

You may download the site you wish to edit into a local directory on the computer you are using, then upload it to the web when you are finished. Or, you may edit the site via a remote FTP or RDS server without downloading it. Downloading the site and editing it locally is recommended for projects where extensive editing is necessary, because Dreamweaver allows the user more edit- ing options such as link checking and site reports. Connecting via FTP is recommended for simple edits, because the user does not have to wait for the website to download. From the Manage Sites dialogue box, select New. Choose Site for local editing or FTP & RDS Server for remote editing.

 

3. For local editing.

Part 1: In the Site Definition dialogue box, enter the name of your site and its URL. Click Next.
Part 2: Leave the settings at default unless you wish to use a specific server technology. Click Next.
Part 3: Select “Edit local copies on my machine.” Select a folder using the dropdown menu or create a new directory by right-clicking anywhere on the desktop.

 

4. For remote editing.

Enter your FTP host name, user name and password in the Configure Server dialogue box. If it is a secure server (like the Princeton University server), make sure “Use Secure FTP” is checked. Click OK.

 

5. Your files are now accessible from Dreamweaver. They will be displayed in the Files window in the lower-right corner of the screen.

If you are using the public html folder on your Princeton “H” Drive, your html files will be located in the folder named public_html.