Setting Remote options for FTP access

Setting Remote options for FTP access

The purpose of this dialog box is to provide information about your FTP access.

To provide information about your FTP access:

  1. Enter the host name of the FTP host to which you upload files for your website.

    Your FTP host is the full Internet name of a computer system, such as Enter the full host name without any additional text. In particular, don’t add a protocol name in front of the host name.

  2. Enter the host directory at the remote site where you store documents that are visible to the public.

    If you’re uncertain about what to enter as the host directory, contact the server’s administrator. Or, try leaving the text box blank. On some servers, your root directory is the same as the directory you first connect to with FTP. To find out, connect to the server. If a folder with a name like public_html, or www, or your login name, appears in the Remote File view in your Files panel, that’s probably the directory you should use in the Host Directory text box.

  3. Enter the login name and password that you use to connect to the FTP server.
  4. Click Test to test your login name and password.
  5. Dreamweaver saves your password by default. Deselect the Save checkbox if you prefer that Dreamweaver prompt you for a password each time you connect to the remote server.
  6. Select the Use Passive FTP checkbox if your firewall configuration requires use of passive FTP.

    Passive FTP enables your local software to set up the FTP connection rather than requesting the remote server to set it up. If you’re not sure whether you use passive FTP, check with your system administrator.

    For more information, see TechNote 15220 on the Macromedia website at

  7. Select the Use Firewall checkbox if you connect to the remote server from behind a firewall.
  8. Click Firewall Settings to edit your firewall host or port.

    For more information, see Setting preferences for the Files panel.

  9. Select the Maintain Synchronization Information checkbox if you want Dreamweaver to automatically synchronize your local and remote files. (This option is selected by default.)

    For more information, see Synchronizing the files on your local and remote sites.

  10. Select the Automatically Upload Files to Server on Save checkbox if you want Dreamweaver to upload your file to your remote site when you save the file.
  11. Select the Enable File Check In and Check Out checkbox if you want to activate the Check In/Out system.

    For more information, see Checking in and checking out files.

  12. Click OK.

Related topics

  • Setting Remote Info category options
  • Understanding local and remote folder structure

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