Lessons.Ch12. getting online – publishing via Dreamweaver 8 -CS4




  • publishing with Dreamweaver

When publishing with Dreamweaver YOU MUST know the following information

  1. the FTP address to publish the website files to
  2. which folder on your FTP server to publish the files into ** ( this is sometimes setup by the host, and you won’t need to specify a folder name )
  3. the username
  4. the password

All of this information is provided by your web host, usually by email when you first sign up, and it can also be found in your web hosting control panel.

Most folks have no troubles with the FTP address, its usually just the domain or an FTP domain as in:

  • i3dthemes.com
  • ftp.i3dthemes.com
  • ftp://i3dthemes.com
  • ftp://ftp.i3dthemes.com

You often need to specify what folder in your FTP server, you will be publishing your website into.. this information is also provided by your web host.

To publish your website:

  1. open your website in DW
  2. click on the ‘Connect to Remote Host‘ icon
  3. click the Basic tab
  4. type in a name for your site
  5. type in the HTTP address
  6. click the Next button
  7. leave the setting to “No, I do not want to use a server technology.”
  8. click the Next button
  9. leave the settings are they are and click the Next button
  10. change the menu selection from ‘None’ to ‘FTP’
  11. and fill in the following information
    • What is the hostname of FTP address of your Web server? = this is usually ( ftp. ) plus your domain name as inftp.frazoo.net
    • What folder on the server do you want to store your files in? = this information is provided by your web host when you sign up for hosting. Usually in the confirmation email, or you can login to your host account and look for FTP info, and settings to see if a folder needs to be specified. Some web hosts do this for you, so you do not need to specify a folder to publish your website into.. and you can leave this field blank. Here’s an example of a typical folder name:httpdocs
    • What is your FTP login? = this is the username or login ID assigned by your web host. Don’t get this confused with your web panel login, FTP login is often different from the web panel login.
    • What is your FTP password? = this is the password assigned by your webhost, often times this is confused with the password to log into your web hosting control panel.
  12. once you’ve entered all your FTP login information it should look something like this:
  13. now click the ‘Test Connection’ button and if you’ve entered your FTP address, login and password correctly you’ll see this message window
  14. click on the Next button, and leave the setting to ‘No, do not enable check in and check out.’ for the time being…
  15. click the Next Button, then the Done button
  16. now you can actually publish your site
  17. click on the ‘Connects to remote host’ button once again
  18. you should have the ‘Connecting’ window flash up, then the ‘Connects to remote host’ icon will change
  19. you can publish the site using one of two methods, the PUT command or the SYNC command, read on to learn about both methods…the ‘PUT’ method

  20. click the ‘PUT’ files icon, and if you haven’t published the site before, you’ll be asked if you want to publish the entire site
  21. just click OK
  22. the Publishing activity window will show you what files are being published

    the SYNC method

  23. click on the SYNC icon (Synchronize)
  24. in the Synchronize Files window, change the settings from
    • Synchronize:  ‘Selected Remote File Only’
      Synchronize:  ‘Entire “Name of Site”
  25. leave the ‘Direction’ settings set to ‘Put newer files to remote’
  26. DO NOT check the ‘Delete remote files not on local drive
  27. press the Preview button
  28. now your Synchronize window will pop up, and you’ll have several icons and things to press
  29. simply pressing the OK button will start to upload all the files to your server


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