How to Setting a Site in Dreamweaver

 Today, I am going to give easy steps about configuring site in dreamweaver tool which is used by lot of web designer worldwide for their designing process. The most important first step when you start using Dreamweaver, whether you plan to whip up a 5-page site, build a 1,000-page online store, or edit the site. At its most basic, defining a site lets Dreamweaver know where you store your web pages on your computer. It also helps dreamweaver correctly insert images and add links from one page to another in your site. There are a lot of ways to configure a site, depending on your needs. For example, if you’re ready to move pages to the Web, you need to tell Dreamweaver how to connect to your web server. But to get started with a new site, you only need to provide a couple of pieces of information:

1.      Choose Site New Site to open the Site Setup window.

        You’ll supply the basics of your site here.

2. In the “Site name” field, type a name for your site.

The name you type here is solely for your own reference, to help you identify the site when it appears in the Files panel; the name won’t show up on the Web.

               

3. Click the folder icon to the right of the “Local site folder” field.

The Choose Root Folder window opens, where you select a folder on your hard drive to serve as your local site, or more specifically, your local site’s main, or root, folder. You’ll store all your site’s files—HTML documents and graphics, CSS files, and all the other files that make up your site—in this local root folder or in the root’s subfolders (such as an Images subfolder).

Note-Another way to think of the local site folder: It’s the folder on your computer in which you’ll put your site’s home page.

4. Browse to and select a folder for your site’s files.

If you’re editing an existing site, select the folder that contains the site’s files. If you’re creating a new site, create a folder for that site using the New Folder button in this window.

5. For a few additional options, select Advanced Settings from the left-hand list of setup categories.

This step is optional and you can happily skip it to begin building web pages.

• The “Default Images folder” field lets you select (or create) a folder inside your local site folder to hold the images you’ll use on your web pages. Choosing a default images folder is useful only if you tend to add images to your pages-in-progress from outside your local site folder.

• The “Links relative to” setting determines how Dreamweaver writes links to other pages in your site, links to images in your site, and links to external files, like Cascading Style Sheets, Flash movies, and so on. Unless you’re an experienced web designer, stick with the normal “Document” setting here.

• Type the web address for your site in the Web URL field: for example http://www.techripe.com/. If you don’t yet have a web address, you can leave this blank.

• Leave the “Case-sensitive links checking” checkbox turned off. This is useful only when you have web pages and files on a Unix server that allows files with the same name but different letter cases: for example, HOME.html, home.html, and Home.html. Since Windows PCs and Macs don’t let you do this, you’ll probably never have a site with file names like these.

• Keep the Enable Cache checkbox turned on. Dreamweaver creates a site cache for each site you set up. That’s a small database that tracks pages, links, images, and other site components. The cache helps Dreamweaver’s site-management tools avoid breaking links, lets Dreamweaver warn you when you’re about to delete important files, and lets you reorganize your site quickly. The only reason to turn off this checkbox is if you have a really large website (tens of thousands of pages and images

6. Click the Save button to finish the site setup.

Your site’s files (if there are any yet) appear in the Files panel. Now you’re ready to create and edit web pages and take advantage of Dreamweaver’s powerful site-building tools

Dreamweaver lets you set up multiple websites, a handy feature if you’re a web designer with several clients, or if your company builds and manages more than one site. To define an additional site, choose SiteNew Site and then repeat the steps.  You can then switch from one site to another using the Sites menu at the top-left of the Files panel.

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