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getting started with dreamweaver
creating a new site
- Start Dreamweaver
- In the toolbar menu at the top go to Site > Define
- Click "New"
- Click on "Local Info" on the left hand
- In "Site Name" type "Your web
site's name "
- In "Local Root Folder" click on the
yellow folder icon to browse for the folder containing
your local web site files. Create a new folder if necessary.
- Under "HTTP Address", type "http://www.yourwebsite.com"
- Check the cache "Enable Cache" box
- Click on "Remote Info" on the left hand
- Under "Access", choose "FTP"
- Under "FTP Host", type "the
ftp host details from your hosting provider"
- Leave "Host Directory" blank, unless
you have been given one
- Enter the details you were given by your hosting provider
- Check the "Save" box
- Check the "Passive FTP" box
- Under "Check In/Out", check "Enable
Check In and Check Out" and "Check
Out Files when Opening"
- Enter your details under "Check Out Name"
and "Email Address"
- Click OK
- Your site structure should be viewable now
n.b.: If you do not have ftp details, just leave
Access as none. You don't need to check in/check out files
if it's just you working on the site.
connect to your web site
- While in the "Site" view, click the icon
of two plugs (highlighted in pink below):
- This will connect you to your web site
to create a new page
- Go to File > New Window
- Use the Properties (Window > Properties) floating
palette to select the format of the text,
add bullet points and numbered lists
- To link a word or phrase, highlight the
section you wish to link (use the mouse to select it)
- To link to a page within your site, click the
folder icon to the right of the box called "link"
and browse for the file
- To link to a web page not within your site,
type the full web site address in the "Link"
box (including the http://)
- To include images, go to "Insert > Image"
- To include tables go to "Insert > Table"
- To edit the html source, click on the <>
icon in the very bottom right of Dreamweaver's interface
In the Properties floating palette -- do not change
the font from "Default Font", or use any of the
size or color attributes. Also, avoid using the background
color (Bg) and border (Brdr) color attributes on tables. This
is because all attributes dealing with appearance should
be in the style sheet.
If all your pages are going to have the same design, the
best idea is to create a template. How to create a template
is detailed in the next