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Connect to a Departmental website in Adobe Dreamweaver CS4

NOTE: If you are off the TTU campus or connected through a wired connection in the TTU residence halls, establish a TTUnet VPN connection before beginning these steps.

Step 1:

Open Internet Explorer.


Step 2:

Type \\depts.tosm.ttu.edu\sites\your_site_name in the Address Bar of your Internet Explorer window, where your_site_name is the name of your departmental website folder. Then, press Enter.


If prompted for credentials, use the following:


Step 3:

Close the departmental website window which opens, and close Internet Explorer.

Step 4:

Open Dreamweaver and click on the Site icon. Choose Manage Sites from the drop-down list.


Step 5:

Before adding a new entry for your departmental website, review the list of sites to see if you have existing entries listed for your departmental website. If so, consider selecting them from the list and clicking Remove to avoid confusing them with the new entry you are about to add. (Removing an entry from this list will not delete or modify any of the actual files stored on the server.) If you clicked Remove, click Yes to confirm.



Step 6:

Click the New button. Then, click Site.


Step 7:

Under the Basic tab, type a name for your site in the first box. This can be any descriptive name you wish.

In the bottom field, type http://www.depts.ttu.edu/your_site_name, where your_site_name is the name of your departmental website folder.

Click Next after you have typed the information.


Step 8:

Click the radio button next to "No, I do not wish to use a server technology." Then, click Next. (If you plan to use a server technology, this can be configured later.)


Step 9:

To manage your webpage you can use "local" (on your computer) or "live" (on the server) editing.

Live (on the server): 

Click Edit directly on server using local network.  In the box asking "Where are your files on the network?", type \\depts.tosm.ttu.edu\sites\your_site_name (where your_site_name is the name of your departmental website folder). Then, click Next and skip to "STEP 12" below.

NOTE:  If you choose this option any changes you save will be immediately visible to anyone on the Internet at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/your_site_name.  Any files you delete from here will be unrecoverable.


Local (on your computer): 

Click Edit local copies on my machine, then upload to server when ready (recommended).  In the box asking "Where on your computer do you want to store your files?", you may either type the location of the locally-stored copy of your website, or simply use the folder icon to browse and select the website location.  Click Next.


Step 10:

Configure the following settings and click Next.


Step 11: 

You now have the choice to select whether you want to allow you and your co-workers to edit the same file at the same time.  Select your preferred method and click Next.


Step 12: 

Review all changes. You can click Back to edit any changes before saving. Click Done when you are finished.


Step 13:

Click Done.


You will be able to edit your departmental website with Dreamweaver on your computer using "local" (on your computer) or "live" (on the server) editing. Any changes you publish will be visible to anyone on the Internet at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/your_site_name.

Files you delete from your site are unrecoverable.

Home Pages

The name of the home page required is one of the following:

The Web server will look for the file names in the order listed above. The file name is case sensitive. If you name your home page file to one of these file names, then the page should show up when you go to your website's URL at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/your_site_name. Be sure you have your home page in the root directory of the account and not in a sub-folder.

If you restart your computer or lose connection to your departmental website, you may need to follow Steps 1-3 again to re-authenticate before you will be able to connect to your departmental website in Dreamweaver.