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Lesson 6. Managing Your Site > Connecting to a Remote Site

Connecting to a Remote Site

In Lesson 1, you created a local site—that is, a folder on your hard drive to store all the folders and files needed for your site. You've been working in the local site, developing pages and testing links. For visitors to see your Web pages, however, you need to copy them to a remote site. Typically, the remote site is on a server specified by your Web administrator or client, but it could also be on a local network.

Choose Site > Define Sites.

The Define Sites dialog box opens.

Select your site, DW4 Intro, in the list and click Edit.

The Site Definition dialog box opens.

In the Category list, select Remote Info.

The Remote Info section of the Define Sites dialog box is where you will enter information to tell Dreamweaver which remote site to connect to and the attributes of that remote site.

From the Access drop-down menu, choose Local/Network.

In the following steps, you will create a folder to simulate a remote FTP (File Transfer Protocol) site on your desktop. This procedure will enable you to experiment with the Get and Put functions without the possibility of corrupting an actual remote site.


FTP access is a common method of getting files from or putting files on a remote site. Because you may not have access to a remote FTP site while you complete this lesson, the following information is presented as reference material only. Consult your network administrator to set these options correctly. The following list of options is available by choosing FTP from the Access drop-down menu in the Site Definition dialog box.

FTP Host: The host name of your Web server (such as ftp://mysite.com).

Host Directory: The directory on the remote site where documents visible to the public are stored (also known as the site root).

Login and Password: Your login name and password on the server. If you deselect the Save checkbox, you'll be prompted for a password when you connect to the remote site.

Use Passive FTP: May be used when you have a firewall between your computer and the server.

Use Firewall (in Preferences): Used if you are connecting to the remote server from behind a firewall.

Click the folder icon to the right of the Remote Folder text box to specify the remote folder.

The Choose Remote Folder dialog box opens.

Choose Desktop and click the Create New Folder icon (Windows) or New (Macintosh). Type MyRemote for the folder name and select it.

For Windows: Select the MyRemote folder and click Open. Then click Select to use the MyRemote folder as your remote folder.

For the Macintosh: Select the MyRemote folder and click Choose.

This folder will act as a stand-in for a remote server and will be a mirror of the root folder of your site, which you defined in Lesson 1.

Click OK to save your site information and click Done to close the Define Sites dialog box.

You can always edit your site information later by choosing Site > Define Sites to open the Define Sites dialog box, and then selecting the site that you want to change.



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