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Getting Started

Adobe Dreamweaver is a full-featured WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) website development tool that you can use to build your site. You can find more details on how to use and purchase Dreamweaver at Adobe directly here.

A preview of the screen layout

Updated set up instructions (2014)

Note2 icon.png Note: August 2014 – We are updating the Dreamweaver set up instructions below, as many of the following screenshots are outdated. Please use the following instructions as we work to complete this page. Thank you!


Setting up Dreamweaver DreamHost FTP

Enter the following information to set up an ftp connection to a new site in Dreamweaver:

Server Name
can be anything, as it's for your own reference
Connect Using
set to “ftp”
FTP Address
use your domain name only, without the "www." prefix or "/" suffix
Port
can be left at 21
Username
find this info in your account email from DreamHost; or, once logged in to your Dreamhost account, it’s listed on the row of the domain, in the “Web Hosting” column
Password
should be in your account email
Root Directory
typically the same at "FTP Address" but with a "/" suffix (“custom domains” might also need the "www." prefix)
Web URL
the full URL from http to the "/" suffix

More options in Dreamweaver

  • Check the "Use Passive FTP" check box.
  • For the four other options, leave these unchecked and you should be able to connect.

Setting up FTP & RDS Server

FTP & RDS Server is the basic straight forward FTP connection to your account, if you understand how FTP and linking works and how to move files around this is recommended for you.

First open DreamWeaver and on the right hand side you will see a connection manager, click on the "Manage Sites" link.


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This is what you are looking for.  "Manage Sites"

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Then a Manage sites widow will open up, click on "New..."

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Then click on "FTP & RDS Server"

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Then Fill out the window that opens up with your FTP login information

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- Name = the name of the site that you will see in the Site manager in DreamWeaver's site manager.
- Access type = Set this to FTP only
- Ftp host = your website url or you can use your Dreamhost server name servername.dreamhost.com if your registration has not yet gone through.
- Host directory = The folder that your files will be placed in, make sure you enter in something here, It's usually your website name.
- Login = Your FTP username
- Password = Your FTP Password, this is different then what you use to login to the WebPanel unless you have set it up the same.
- Passive mode = Make sure that you have "Use Passive FTP" checked

Once you have set these settings you will see that you can access your FTP directory in your Files browser on Dreamweaver, if you already have files on your site there will be files in this window, if this is a brand new site it will appear empty


Site

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Site is a walk through that helps you setup your site from scratch, if you are not familiar with FTP then you should use this option. First open DreamWeaver and on the right hand side you will see a connection manager, click on the "Manage Sites" link.


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This is what you are looking for.  "Manage Sites"

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Then a Manage sites widow will open up, click on "New..."


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Then Click on "Site"


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and a walkthrough program will come up. Enter your Website Url here


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Next window, select "No"

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This next option is really up to you as it is asking where you want to store your website files, if you are the only person that will be editing this site then you should Edit local copies of your site so you always have the site on your computer.
If you are sharing website editing with someone else you should use Edit directly from server so that the both of you always edit the updated file.

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Next you will enter in your FTP login information

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- How do you connect to your remote server? = FTP
- What is the hostname or FTP address of your Web server? = your website url or you can use your Dreamhost server name servername.dreamhost.com if your registration has not yet gone through.
- What Folder on the server do you want to store your files in? = this is usually the same as your website name
- What is your FTP login? = Your FTP login username
- What is your FTP password? = Your FTP Password, this is different then what you use to login to the WebPanel unless you have set it up the same.


If you are going to be editing the site with someone else at the same time then you can turn this on but if not don't bother with it.

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Once your done with this Setup walk through then you will see that your Site is now setup in the Site manager on the Right side window, Click on the connect icon to connect to the server.

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Then you should see the contents of your Dreamhost.com FTP account, if you don't have any files already on the server you wont see any there so don't worry about that.


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And that's it your all set and ready to edit and upload your site using Dreamweaver 8.

Related Info: "Setting up Dreamweaver for FTP with DreamHost" at http://wiki.dreamhost.com/FTP