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  Dreamweaver 2 to 4 - Microsoft Windows

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Key Settings:

The Host Address is  There is no initial directory.  You will be asked to logon when you try to connect.  This will take you to your web folder to which you can upload your website material.  The login is your regular dial-up login used to connect to the Internet.  The format is with your regular password.

The actual website address will be with your username you use to connect to the Internet (without  This is where your friends would go with a web browser to see your website.


  Configuring Dreamweaver 2 to 4 to connect to our server:

Dreamweaver is a popular, comprehensive Website development tool used to make professional, dynamic websites.  It can also be used to create personal Web pages to post pictures, resumes and other content.  This tutorial discusses how to configure Dreamweaver 2 through 4 to connect to our main computer system so that you can make your Web page available to the world.  To configure Dreamweaver, do the following:

Note:  If you already have a site, select 'Open Site' from the menu.  You can also reset prior settings by choosing the 'Define Sites' which allows you to change the settings that you would see for a new site setup.  In this tutorial, we'll assume that you are doing a new site.


A window similar to the following appears:

  • Site Name  =  Give the site an intuitive name so as not to confuse it with any others you may make.

  • Local Root Folder  =  This is where you'll store your web content on your computer (locally).  It can be in any folder you like.  To the right, click the picture of the folder and select a predetermined folder or point it to your desktop.  Where ever you point it to, Dreamweaver will save your files and images in that location.

  • Select Refresh Local File List Automatically.

Note:  Ignore the "Link Management Options"; just leave them blank.


A variety of fields appear to the right.  You'll enter the essential settings here.

  • Server Access  =  Select FTP from the menu.

  • FTP Host  =  Enter the following:

  • Host Directory  =  Leave this blank.

  • Login  =  Enter your Internet connection login.  It follows this format:

  • Password  =  Enter you Internet connection password.

  • Click Save to save your password.

Important:  Passwords are case-sensitive.  Ensure the Caps Lock is disabled.

Note:  The actual website address will be "" with your username for the last part. This is where your friends would go to see your website.

  • Leave "Use Passive FTP" and "Use Firewall (in Preferences)" blank.


The following window appears:

  • Click the Create button to make a convenient cache file.


Transferring your material to our server for viewing on the Internet:

The main Dreamweaver window is shown below.

Note the two frames within the main window.  The frame on the left is for the Remote Site (our server), while the frame on the right is for you Local Folder (on your computer).  You should develop all your material before uploading it to the site.  When it is ready, connect to your Internet as usual.

Note:  The Connect button in Dreamweaver won't connect to the Internet for you.  You must initiate the connection to the Ineternet manually; then connect to your site with DreamWeaver.


Upon successful connection, your login and password will get you to your personal Website folder which will appear in the left frame.

These are the basics.  Happy web mastering!

Important:  Don't forget that the actual website address will be with your username for the last part.  This is where your friends would go using a web browser to see your website.


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