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Dreamweaver Secure Site Configuration Setup

This software is intended to be used to create web pages, and securely transfer these files from local computers to the server abacus.bates.edu. This helpsheet is for the site setup only. Instructions/tips for the creation of web pages (layout, content, etc.) are provided separately (Adobe Acrobat Reader needed to view this link). Also, directory permissions need to be requested separately.  This procedure applies to both PC and Macintosh.

A. First Steps:

  1. On your desktop, right click and create a new folder with a name that relates to the site to be created:
  2. Within that folder, create a subfolder called images

B. Open Dreamweaver:

  1. On the Site menu, click New Site
  2. On the Advanced tab, select Local Info and enter the name of the site (for example, ”ils helpsheets”)
  3. For Local Root Folder, click the yellow folder and navigate to the newly created local site folder on the desktop, and then click Select
  4. Make sure that Refresh local file list automatically is checked
  5. For Default Images Folder, click the yellow folder and navigate to the newly created images folder within the site folder, and click Select
  6. Links should be relative to the Document
  7. Enter the HTTP address of the destination site, for example http://abacus.bates.edu/~username/
  8. Make sure Enable cache is checked

C: In the left column, click Remote Info:

  1. Change the Access from None to FTP
  2. Enter the FTP Host as abacus.bates.edu.
  3. Enter the Host Directory. This is the path to the destination directory. For example:  /usr/netapp/username/public_html
  4. Enter the Login This is the username of the person with permissions to upload to the specified host directory.
  5. Enter a password. For best security practices, a password should be entered when first transfer of files is done during each session, not saved in the program. Click Test if password is entered at this point to see if path is entered properly and permissions are recognized
  6. It is important to check Use Secure FTP (SFTP), or else the transfer will not work properly.
  7. By default, keep the Maintain synchronization information option checked.
  8. Click OK
    The site has now been created and will be listed under Site Manager.

Another way to test the connection is by opening a file, clicking the down arrow (”get file from remote server”) or up arrow (”put” file on remote server) to be sure that the path or Host Directory information has been entered correctly. Editing the remote site information may be necessary. On the Site menu, click Manage Site.


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