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Chapter 17. Managing Your Web Sites > Site FTP Preferences

Site FTP Preferences

You can change a variety of preferences for the Files panel, including the appearance, timeout limit, and dependent file settings.

To change Site preferences

From the Document window menu bar, select Edit > Preferences (Mac OS X: Dreamweaver > Preferences). The Preferences dialog box will appear.

In the Category box at left, select Site to display that panel (Figures 17.108 and 17.109).

Figure 17.108. The Site panel of the Preferences dialog box.

Figure 17.109. A close-up of the Site panel of the Preferences dialog box.

By default, remote files appear on the left, and local files appear on the right on the Files panel. If you'd prefer a different setup, select Local Files or Remote Files from the Always Show drop-down menu, and select Right or Left from the second drop-down menu. This setting will also affect the position of the site map on the Files panel.

The Dependent Files dialog box (Figure 17.110) will appear whenever you get, put, check in, or check out a file. You can turn off the dialog by checking the Don't Ask Me Again box. To turn off the dialog, or to reinstate it, select or deselect the Dependent Files checkboxes.

Figure 17.110. Our old pal, the Dependent Files dialog box.

By default, your connection will terminate after 30 minutes of idling. To change this, type it in the Minutes Idle text box. To turn off automatic timeouts (for instance, if you have a direct network connection), deselect the Disconnect After checkbox.

If the server is not responding, processes such as connecting, viewing the file list, getting, and putting will expire. The default timeout period is 60 seconds (and it's a good rule of thumb). You can set a different limit by typing it in the FTP Time Out text box.

Burn, Burn, Burn—A Wall of Fire

A firewall is a piece of security software that sits either on your local machine, somewhere on your local network, or on the server itself and prevents outsiders and people without privileges (which can include hackers and crackers) from so much as viewing the stuff on all or part of a computer environment.

If there is firewall software between your computer and your Web server, you need to set up your remote site information in Dreamweaver to get around it. You set this up in the Preferences for Dreamweaver. Press Ctrl+U (Command+U) to view the Preferences dialog box, and click Site to view that panel of the dialog box. Enter the hostname of the proxy server in the Host text box, and if the server uses an FTP port other than 21, enter that in the Port text box.

For any sites that use this proxy server, uncheck the Use Firewall checkbox in the Site Definition dialog box.

You may need to provide, in addition to or instead of this proxy server, the location, local or remote, of your firewall software. You can do this either in your Remote Site Definition or your Site Preferences.

If you are connecting and transferring files with no problem and you have some security in place, don't worry about it and make no changes. If you need help, ask your network administrator or sysadmin at work, or call tech support and ask them about what settings they recommend, for both software on their end and on your machine.

To save files when you upload them, check the Save Files Before Putting checkbox.

See the sidebar Burn, Burn, Burn . . . to find out about setting up firewall information.

When you're satisfied, click OK to save the changes to the preferences and close the Preferences dialog box. You'll return to the Document window.



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