Define a New Site in Dreamweaver
The first step in building your website is Defining Your Site. There are several Categories in the Site Definition window; we will focus our attention on the Local Info and the Remote Info. This is key since we will be building our website on our local computer, then publishing it on a remote webserver.
Let's start by launching Dreamweaver. Open the Site Definition window by selecting Site > New Site from either the Site window or a blank document.
We'll spend the next couple of minutes here in the Site Definition window. In the first part, we'll define the Local Info as follows:
Site Name: Make up an intutive name that makes sense to the people who
will be working on this website.
Let's move on to the next step by clicking Remote Info in the Category column.
Now we will define our Remote Info. In other words, the place where our website will be hosted. It could be any number of places, but most likely at an ISP, or on your company's webserver. In this example, we will be using an ISP and publishing our web pages via FTP.
One of the cool things about Dreamweaver is that it has a FTP client built right in, which makes it easy to publish web docs. By default, FTP is set to disconnect at 30 minutes. You can change this setting by going to Edit>Preferences>Site.
(Note: these settings will vary depending on where your website is hosted,
your ISP or Web Administrator should provide the FTP Host, Host Directory,
Login, and Password information)
FTP Host: Enter the hostname or IP address of your
Login/Password: Enter the information that your ISP or System Administrator
Now that you can have defined your website with the Local and Remote Info, you can publish your work and view it live.