Creating a Dreamweaver site from nothing

  • Create a new folder in the Documents folder on the desktop (later it can be transferred to a Zip disk or a FireWire drive) -- Give the folder a name descriptive of the project, with no spaces or uppercase letters -- If you've already acquired pictures, .html pages, etc. that will go on the site, you can drag them into this new folder now
  • Go to the Dock and launch Dreamweaver
  • In Dreamweaver, go to the top menu bar and Site - New Site
  • In the Site Definition dialog box that popped up, click on the Advanced tab
  • In the Site Name field, type in a few words to identify your site (including your name is a good idea) -- Spaces and uppercase letters are OK in this field -- This is merely an identifier so you can quickly locate your site among those that have been created on the same computer by other students
  • At the right of the Local Root Folder field, click on the small folder icon and navigate to the new folder you just created on the hard drive -- Double, triple, quadruple check that you select the right folder -- When you find it, click Choose
  • Make sure the box by Refresh Local File List Automatically is checked
  • In the Category field at the left, click on Remote Info
  • Click on the arrows next to Access and select FTP
  • In the FTP Host field type in student.elon.edu
  • Leave the Host Directory blank
  • In Login field, type in your Elon login name
  • Leave the Password field blank -- Entering it here is a security risk, possibly allowing anyone using your current computer to access your web space -- in No circumstances should the Save box be checked
  • Hit OK
  • If a dialog box pops up, indicating that the initial site cache needs to be created, check Don't Ask Again and click Create
  • Hit Done
  • The site window should now appear, with the files residing in your local root folder (if any) appearing at the right -- To create new .html files, click Site - Site Files View - New File -- Type in the name you want for the file, making sure it gets an .html extension, and hit Return -- Double-click on the new file to start working on it
 
The site
  • The site window should look similar to this when finished --
 
 
  • The right side (Local Files) represents all your site files on the computer on which you're currently working
  • The left side (Remote Site) represents your web space on the Elon server -- nothing will appear on the left side until the site has been connected to the server
 
Setting up the page
  • Go to the Window in the top menu bar and make sure "Insert" and "Properties" are checked
 
 
  • This will bring up the two most important windows for designing pages in Dreamweaver -- the Insert palette and the Properties palette
 

The Insert palette -- this allows numerous things to be inserted on the page -- most of what you will use is under the Common tab

 
 

The Properties palette -- lets you format text, adjust image attributes, and a number of other functions

 
 

You'll be using both of these palettes extensively

 
  • In the top menu bar, go to Modify-Page Properties -- here, you can set a number of parameters for the page
    • Title -- a short description of the page that will appear in the top bar of the browser (don't confuse this with the page's filename)
    • Colors for the page background, text and links
    • Page Margins -- most web pages have a small amount of space between the content and the edges of the browser window -- here is where you set that space
 
 
  • Before beginning -- make sure you are working on a reasonably sized canvas -- keep in mind that a significant number of users out there on the World Wide Web will be using much smaller monitors than yours -- near the bottom right corner of the main window, you need to set the resolution at 760x420 (800x600, Maximized)
 
 
  • Be sure to leave the window at this size as you're working (don't use the resize handle at the bottom right corner to change the window size) -- this may seem small on the computer monitor, but it will ensure that people using older computers will be able to view the pages
 
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Putting your pages on the World Wide Web
  • Because this is a public server, you should publish only public materials -- If a private document is in your web account, it may be read by anyone searching in the Elon search engine
  • For a default homepage, name an HTML page index.htm, or index.html -- this will allow visitors to find your homepage without looking through all your materials on the root directory
 
Steps to follow
  • Here are the steps to put your pages onto the Elon web space -- You must have defined your site correctly in Dreamweaver in order for this to work
    • Make sure your Site Window is up (Window-Site)
    • Hit the Refresh button (the circular arrow) -- this ensures that you are seeing the most up-to-date files
    • Click on the Connect button (just to the right of the site pop-up menu)
      • If you cannot click on the Connect button, you've incorrectly entered the FTP information when defining the site -- Go to Site-Edit Sites
    • Enter your password (same as your Elon e-mail password) -- DO NOT check the SAVE PASSWORD button -- Hit OK
    • In your Site Window, look at the Local Files field on the right -- These are the files residing in the root folder on the hard drive -- Select the top folder and hit Up Arrow (for put files) -- If you are asked if you want to put the entire site, click OK
      • If you are asked to just upload a single file, select the individual file and hit the Up Arrow
    • If you are asked to include dependent files, hit Yes
    • You will see the uploaded pages appear in the left-hand portion of the Site Window, under Remote Site - these are the pages on your Elon Web server space, available for viewing by anyone on the World Wide Web -- You should now be able to open a browser, type in your site's URL, and view the pages
 
 
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