Dreamweaver: How do I set up a site Definition and what does this mean?
Article ID: 224
Last updated: 06 Oct, 2016
- Setting up your site definition is the first thing that you need to do when you start creating a new website. Your site definition defines the folder on your computer where your files will be stored. It also establishes the connection between your computer and the server so that you can publish your website and pull down files in the future.
- To set this up you need to click on Site (top toolbar)> New Site. If you are working on a site that you have already set up then you would click instead on Site> Manage Site. A wizard will now walk you through the remainder of your site set up. For your purposes you will want to make sure that you are on the Basic Tab as opposed to the Advanced Tab.
- Choose a name for your site. This will only be seen by you and it defines what folder your website files will be stored in. This will become your “root folder.” Next you will put in the HTTP address of your site such as http://myweb.astate.edu/terrismith
- Click next and choose “No, I do not want to use a server technology.” Click next again. If you notice the blue highlighted section under “Where on your computer would you like to store your files,” you will see that it has created a file for you under My documents on your computer with whatever name that you defined in the first step when it asked you what you wanted to name your website. Click next.
- From the drop down menu where it ask “How do you want to connect to the server,” choose FTP. If you are a faculty or staff member working on your personal website that will be myweb.astate.edu. If you are working on a website for a special program, this page should be filled in with the information that you obtained when you asked to set up a website.
- “What folder on the server do you want to store your files in?” should be left blank, unless someone has told you otherwise. Your FTP login will be astate/yourusername. Your password will be your AState password. Once you have put in this information you can click “Test Connection.” If everything is set up correctly you should get the message “Adobe Dreamweaver connected to your Web server successfully.” If not, please re-type your password, and make sure everything up until this point has been entered correctly, and try again. Once connected click next, next, done. Now you should be able to publish and/ or make changes to your website.