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Lesson 1. Dreamweaver MX Basics > Defining a Local Site

Defining a Local Site

The first step in creating a Web site—before you begin to create any individual pages—is to designate or create the folder that will contain everything within the site. This process is called defining a local site. The designated folder, known as the local root folder, will set the boundaries of the local site that resides on your hard disk and will mirror the remote site, which is the actual site on the Web server that your visitors will access. Defining a local site enables you to maintain the same folder hierarchy between the local and remote versions, which is crucial to creating and maintaining a functional site.

The creation of a local site, comprised of the local root folder within which you set up the structure of the site's files and folders, will prevent your site from accessing any files outside of the local root folder. Files on your hard disk that are outside of the local root folder will not be available to the remote server. Many Dreamweaver features, such as the potential to update all references to a file that has been moved to a different location in the site, will require the definition of a local site in order to function fully. The locations and links to all files contained in your site will be relative to the root folder. You should always create and work within local sites. If you don't, you may have problems with links, paths, and file management. (Dreamweaver's tools for these features are covered in later lessons in this book.)


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