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Lesson 11. Integrating with Dreamweaver ... > Creating a Local Site in Dreamweaver

Creating a Local Site in Dreamweaver

Once all of the HTML files are exported, you are ready to open Dreamweaver MX, create a site, and begin modifying your pages. In Dreamweaver MX, you will notice a familiar user interface. The panels dock and open just as they do in Fireworks MX. The Property inspector also works like it does in Fireworks, displaying information based on the currently selected object.

In Dreamweaver MX, choose Site > New Site.

In the Site Definition dialog box, you can click either Basic or Advanced to define the site. The Basic tab (the Site wizard) steps you through the process of setting up the site. For this exercise, you'll use the wizard.

Click the Basic tab and then type a name for the site when the wizard asks what you want to name your site. For example, type Sweet Creations as the site name. Then click Next.

The name you enter is for your reference only. Make the name meaningful based on the content of the site. You may have multiple sites residing on your hard drive—for example, you may be creating Web pages for your company, school, church, or other organization—and each needs a unique name.

Select No, and then click Next.

In Dreamweaver MX, you can create a dynamic or a static site. A dynamic site uses a database to generate the content of a Web page. That concept is beyond the scope of this book. For this exercise, you will create a static site.

Select Edit Local Copies, and then click the folder icon and browse to the location of your Lessons folder. Click Next.

  • For Windows: Open the local folder (the Lessons folder in this exercise) and click Select.

  • For Macintosh: Select the local folder and click Choose.

After you define the main folder, it becomes the root folder for your site. All of your files and subfolders are contained within that root folder. Dreamweaver uses the local root folder to locate all links specified as site-root-relative URLs. When you create your pages, the graphics and links are relative to that folder. When you are ready to publish your site, all you have to do is copy the root folder and all of its files to the remote server. The images and links should all work on the Web server (assuming that they work locally).

Choose None when asked the method for connecting to the remote server. Click Next.

For this exercise, you will not copy your files to a remote server. If you choose another option, you then are asked the method to use to connect to a remote server.

Click Done.

A summary of your settings is displayed. If you need to make a change, click the Back button and make the change.



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