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Defining Site in Dreamweaver

One of the goals for TeacherTECH is to develop a useful web site for the classroom.  You should have a plan for this site before beginning the web page development.  Dreamweaver has the ability to manage your site, but it needs certain information before you begin.  The first thing you should do is define your site . You must provide the program with some key information, such as where the files you are working are stored on the hard drive, and where they will be stored on the TeacherTECH server.

The Relationship Between Local and Remote Sites

When you define a web site in Dreamweaver, you define two sets of site files, the local folder, where you create and edit working copies of the site fields, and the remote site, where the final published files go.

The Local Folder --The local folder acts as a work area where you create web pages.  The local folder is a folder on your computer's local hard drive.  The structure of this folder should match the server's EXACTLY.

The Remote Site --The remote site is a directory on the TeacherTECH server that is accessible via the Internet.  You need to use an FTP (file transfer protocol) utility to transfer files to the remote site over the Internet.  Dreamweaver has its own built-in FTP utility, so you don't need to use a separate program.  (*note:  you can only FTP using Dreamweaver from campus location to the Houston Independent School District's server).

The idea is to have two copies of your web site with duplicate sets of files.  You create web documents in the local folder and then duplicate those fields on the remote site.

There is a nice tutorial in the Help Menu of Dreamweaver:  Quick Site Set-Up.  It would be beneficial to review this before you actually set up your site on your home computer.

The proper set-up is described in the TeacherTECH materials,

How to Set Up Macromedia's Dreamweaver for FTP

These pages were developed through TeacherTECH, the teacher professional development component of GirlTECH, which is sponsored by the Center for Excellence and Equity in Education (CEEE) and made possible by support from the National Science Foundation and Rice University.

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