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How to set up a new site in Dreamweaver

This tutorial gives step-by-step instructions for setting up a department website in Macromedia Dreamweaver.  Please sure that they person establishing the website has permission to access the webspace.  If not, they will need to fill out the WWW Account Application located at the link below.

Further information regarding dreamweaver websites setup can be found here:

1. Select Site -> New Site
2. Select the Advanced Tab
3. Select Local Info
4. Name the site
5. Select folder icon
6. Create a new folder
7. Select the new folder
8. Define local info
9. Select Remote View and FTP
10. Define Remote Info
11. Click OK

1. The first step in working on a new web site in Dreamweaver is to create a "New Site." To do this, open Dreamweaver and select Site and then New Site.
Site Menu

2. This will open up a "Site Definitions" dialog box where you will define all of the specifics of the new site. Make sure that the Advanced tab is selected.
Local Info Settings Window

3. Make sure that Local Info is selected
Category List

4. First, you will enter the Local Info for your new site. In the "Site Name" box type Website or however you'd like to define your site on your computer.
Site Name dialog box

5. Next, you will need to define the Local root folder. The Local root folder is a folder on your computer where your local copy of the files of the Web site will be stored and saved to while you are working on the site. Choose a location on your computer that is easy to remember and to where you feel comfortable navigating . A good place to have a Local root folder is in the "My Documents" folder on your computer. (Mac Users: A good folder to use is the "Sites" folder or the "Documents" folder). To change the Local root folder click on the folder icon.
Folder Icon to change your local root

6. This will bring up a dialog box. Click on the My Documents folder icon on the left side of the dialog box. You will need to create a new folder that will be used as the Local root folder inside of the "My Documents" folder. Click on the folder icon on the top of the dialog box to create this new folder. Name this new folder Website or whichever name you chose in step 4.
Browse window for a local root folder

7. Double-click on the folder you just created and click the select button to select this folder as the Local root folder.
Select Button

You have now selected your local root folder for your Web site.

8. There are six other sections of the Local info definitions for your new site. They should be defined as follows:

  • Refresh local file list automatically - Leave this checked
  • Default images folder - Leave this blank
  • Links Relative to - Site Root
  • HTTP address -
  • Case sensitive links - Checked
  • Cache checkbox - Checked

Completed local info window

9. Next, click on the Remote Info category in the Site Definition dialog box. Click on the drop-down menu and select FTP.
Access Type drop-down for Remote Info

10. Selecting FTP will bring up a few new sections where you must fill out some required information. Enter the required information as follows:

  • FTP Host -
  • Host Directory - This will be filed out as /m3/webdocs/(your departments website)
    • I.E. If you web address is, your host directory should be /m3/webdocs/usrv/
  • Login - Your CSU, Chico login (This should be the same as your e-mail/exchange/portal login)
  • Password - The password associated with your login.
  • Use Secure FTP (SFTP) - Checked
  • Maintain synchronization information - Checked

FTP Information

Once all the info has been entered, click on the Test button. You should receive a notification stating "Macromedia Dreamweaver has connected to your Web server successfully".

11. Click the OK button to finish setting up your new site.

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