Connecting with Dreamweaver via WebDAV
Step One: Define your site
It's recommended you define your site when you start working on it. You'll provide key information to Dreamweaver that will allow the software to better manage your links and other information.
- Under Dreamweaver's site menu, choose "Manage sites."
- Click the "New" button and select "site" from the drop down menu. This will open the dialogue box pictured on the right of this page.
- Making sure you have the "advanced" tab selected, enter a name in the "Site name" box. This can be any name of your choosing.
- In the "Local root folder" box navigate to the folder on your local computer or network where you are storing your files for this Web site.
- In the "Default images folder" box box navigate to the folder within your site folder where you are storing your main images. (Note: This is optional; you do not have to keep all images in this folder)
- In the "HTTP: address" box type in the url for your site, such as http://www.case.edu/community/.
- Check the "enable cache" box.
- Your site has now been defined, but don't click OK just yet!
Step Two: Define your remote server connection
Tell Dreamweaver what protocol to use and the location of your server, as well as your login and password information.
- On the left side of the dialogue box select "remote info." This will bring up a different dialogue box.
- In the "Access" box scroll down and select "WebDAV."
- In the URL box enter the url for your server. On the new Case server that will be: https://www.case.edu:8000//. (Don't type the angle brackets, you want an address that looks something like https://www.case.edu:8000/xyz67/departmentx.)
- In the "login" box type in your username. For Case users this is your Case user ID, not the Web account name you have used in the past.
- In the "password" box type your password, for Case users this is your Case network password. Click the "Save password" box.
- Leaving all the other boxes unchecked, you are now ready to click "OK."
- This will return you to the first dialogue box. Click Done. When this box is closed the "files" panel will automatically open on either the left or right of your open file.
Uploading/putting files to the Web server
- With the files panel open and set to local view, click the blue button that looks like an electrical plug connecting to an extension cord. This will open your connection to your remote Web server. You may, or may not, also need to click on the round arrow button to the right of the plug to refresh your file list.
- Select files and folders you would like to upload and push the "Put file(s)" button which is identified as an upward pointing blue arrow.
- In the drop-down menu where it says "Local view," switch to "Remote view" to verify that your files have been uploaded.
- In your Web browser go to your site to ensure that everything looks right.
NOTE: If you would like to view local and remote files at the same time, simply click the expand collapse button to the far right of the other buttons in the panel screen. It has a blue and green bar on the top and a small right pointing arrow.
Downloading/getting files from the Web server
- Downloading is very similar to uploading. With your connection already open, switch from "local view" to "remote view."
- Select files and folders you would like to download and push the "Get file(s)" button which is identified as a downward pointing green arrow.
Once you've defined your site, the process is pretty easy. Just upload or download files using the up and down arrows, and you're all set.