Missouri State University

Dreamweaver and WebDAV

Initial Setup

  • CS5

  • CS3

    1. Open Dreamweaver CS5
    2. Select Site then Manage Sites.
    3. Click New to set up a new site, or select an existing Dreamweaver site and click Edit.
    4. In the Site Setup dialog box, select the Servers category and do one of the following:
      • Click the Add New Server button to add a new server
      • Select an existing server and click the Edit Existing Server button (you can only do this option if you have connected to WebDAV sites on this machine before.)
    5. In the Server Name text box, specify a name for the new server. The name can be anything of your choosing.
    6. Select WebDAV from the Connect Using pop-up menu.
    7. Enter your site’s WebDAV address in the URL text box. Make sure that the URL begins with https://.
    8. Enter your BearPass login and domain (e.g. abc12@sgf) in the Login text box and your password in the Password text box. Only mark the save option if you are on a private computer.
    9. Click Test to test your connection settings.
    10. Only mark the save option if you are on a private computer
    11. In the Web URL text box enter the URL of your website. Dreamweaver uses the Web URL to create site root-relative links, and to verify links when you use the link checker.
    12. Click Save to close the Basic screen. Then in the Servers category, specify whether the server you just added or edited is a remote server, a testing server, or both.
    1. Open Dreamweaver CS3.
    2. Select Site then New Site.
      The Site Definition window opens.
    3. Enter a name for your web site. Enter the web address (URL) of your web site. Click the Next button.
    4. Select the No, I do not want to use a server technology option. Click the Next button.
    5. Select the Edit local copies on my machine, then upload to the server when ready option. Click the Next button.
    6. Select WebDAV In the How do you connect to your remote server drop-down box. Enter your site’s WebDAV address in the URL text box. Make sure that the URL begins with https://. Enter your BearPass login and domain (e.g. abc12@sgf) in the Login text box and your password in the Password text box. Only mark the save option if you are on a private computer. Click the Next button.
    7. Select a check-in/check-out option. Click the Next button.
    8. Click the Done button.
      The window closes.
    9. Make sure the Files panel group is open. Select the site you'd like to edit from the drop-down box. Click the Get File(s) icon (green down arrow).

Editing

  1. Open Dreamweaver.
  2. We recommend you synchronize all of the pages from the web server each time you make edits, which ensures that you have the latest version of the files. To do these, complete this steps:
    1. Make sure the Files panel group is open. Select the site you'd like to edit from the drop-down box. Right click anywhere in the file list and click Synchronize.The Synchronize Files window opens.
    2. Select Entire 'site name' site in the Synchronize drop-down box, and select Get newer files from remote in the Direction drop-down box. Click the Preview button.
      The window closes, and a new window opens showing Dreamweaver comparing the server files to your local files. Then the window closes and the Synchronize window opens.
    3. The Synchronize window shows all the pages that need to be downloaded. Click the OK button.
      The window closes, and a new window opens showing Dreamweaver downloading newly changed files to your computer. The window closes and the Background File Activity - site name window opens.
    4. Click the Close button.
      Your file synchronization is complete.
  3. Update and create new pages.
  4. When you’re finished making updates, you need to publish (synchronize) those files to the web server to make them live:
    1. Make sure the Files panel group is open. Select the site you'd like to edit from the drop-down box. Right click anywhere in the file list and click Synchronize.The Synchronize Files window opens.
    2. Select Entire 'site name' site in the Synchronize drop-down box, and select Get newer files from remote in the Direction drop-down box. Click the Preview button.
      The window closes, and a new window opens showing Dreamweaver comparing the server files to your local files. Then the window closes and the Synchronize window opens.
    3. The Synchronize window shows all the pages that need to be downloaded. Click the OK button.
      The window closes, and a new window opens showing Dreamweaver downloading newly changed files to your computer. The window closes and the Background File Activity - site name window opens.
    4. Click the Close button.
      Your file synchronization is complete.

Software

Dreamweaver can be obtained from the MSU Help Desk

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