This is the most critical step in preparing your website for editing.. if the site is not correctly 'Defined' with your Adobe Dreamweaver web editor, certain functionality that is specific to Dreamweaver templates will not function correctly.. functions such as updating the "Library" pages.
This special installion lesson deals with installations on computers with special network or drive mapping.. something you may not be aware of or even know you have .. until you find that the site doesn't update the Library pages correctly… there's a fairly simple 'method' of installing the site if this happens, which we'll demonstrate below.
- open your Dreamweaver web editor
- click on the Site menu >> then New Site
- for CS4 and previous versions.. switch to the 'Advanced' tab
- for CS5, you will not need to select a Basic or Advanced, there's just a single Site Definition window
- in the 'Site name:' field, enter a name for your site
- click on the ( folder icon ) located to the right of the 'Local root folder:' field
- browse to your Desktop, or locate that you extracted the website package into
- locate the extracted website package folder
- double click on the folder
- then double click on the second folder until you locate the 'website' folder
- now double click on the 'website' folder
- if you have a network drive mapping that DW has a bit of trouble understanding you'll see a bit of a disconnect between the ( select: website ) at the top, and the ( select: name of website package ) down below..
- the folder names for both 'select' areas should match if the top select displays the 'website' folder, but the bottom 'select:' shows the name of your template package as in this example
- double click on the 'Templates' folder to go into that folder, then click on the 'Up one level' icon to go back to the website folder
- and now you should see the 'select' options matching to the 'website' folder in both locations…
- NOW, click on the 'select' button
- then click the ok button which will start the installation, or 'defining' of the site by DW
- Dreamweaver will 'cache' all the pages in your site,
- caching basically tells DW which Library pages and their component information is embedded into what pages in the site