Connect to a departmental website in Adobe Dreamweaver CS5

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: If you are signed into your computer using your eRaider username and password, you may skip to Step 4.

Open Internet Explorer.

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STEP 2: Type \\\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.

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If you receive an error message, click OK and try again.

When prompted for credentials, use the following:

  • Username: ttu\your_eRaider_username
  • Password: your eRaider password

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STEP 3: Close the departmental website window which opens, and close Internet Explorer.

STEP 4: Open Dreamweaver. From the Site menu, choose Manage Sites.

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STEP 5: Click the New button.

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STEP 6: Click the Site sub-section if it is not already selected. Type a name for your site in the Site Name box. This can be any descriptive name you wish. To manage your webpage you can use "local" (on your computer) or "live" (on the server) editing.

Local (on your computer):

In the Local Site Folder box, 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.

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Live (on the server):

In the "Local Site Folder" box, type \\\sites\folder_name, where folder_name is the name of your departmental website folder.

NOTE: If you choose this option any changes you save will be immediately visible to anyone on the Internet at Any files you delete from here will be unrecoverable.

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STEP 7: Click on the Servers sub-section on the left-hand side.

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STEP 8: Configure the following settings and click Save.

  • Server Name: any descriptive name you wish
  • Connect using: Local/Network
  • Server Folder: \\\sites\your_site_name
  • Web URL:

NOTE: Replace your_site_name with the folder name of your site on the server.

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STEP 9: Click Save.

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STEP 10: Click Done.

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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

Home Pages

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

  • index.php
  • index.asp
  • index.aspx
  • index.htm
  • index.html
  • default.php
  • default.asp
  • default.aspx
  • default.htm
  • default.html
  • home.php
  • home.asp
  • home.aspx
  • home.htm
  • home.html

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 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 website in Dreamweaver.