About Dreamweaver sites

About Dreamweaver sites

A Dreamweaver site provides a way to organize all of the documents associated with a website. Organizing your files in a site enables you to use Dreamweaver to upload your site to the web server, automatically track and maintain your links, manage files, and share files. To take full advantage of Dreamweaver features, you should define a site.

A Dreamweaver site consists of as many as three parts, or folders, depending on your development environment and the type of website you are developing:

The local folder is your working directory. Dreamweaver refers to this folder as your "local site." This folder can be on your local machine or it can be on a network server. It is where you store the files you are working on for a Dreamweaver site.

All you need to do to define a Dreamweaver site is set up a local folder. To transfer files to a web server or to develop web applications, you need to also add information for a remote site and testing server.

The remote folder is where you store your files, depending on your development environment, for testing, production, collaboration, and so on. Dreamweaver refers to this folder as your "remote site" in the Files panel. Typically, your remote folder is on the machine where your web server is running.

Together, the local and remote folders enable you to transfer files between your local disk and web server; this makes it easy for you to manage files in your Dreamweaver sites.

The testing server folder is the folder where Dreamweaver processes dynamic pages. For more information, see Specifying where dynamic pages can be processed.

Related topics

  • Setting up a new Dreamweaver site

Getting Started with Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver Basics
Exploring the Workspace
Setting Up a Dreamweaver Site
Working with Dreamweaver Sites
Laying Out Pages
Adding Content to Pages
Working with Page Code
Preparing to Build Dynamic Sites
Making Pages Dynamic
Developing Applications Rapidly