Defining a Site in Dreamweaver CS3, Basic Tab

By: Paul Davis

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Follow this step by step guide on how to create a site in Dreamweaver CS3 using the basic tab. In this example, we will be setting up a site called on a PHP/mySQL Linux/GNU server, although the instructions are applicable for any server model and scripting language. The few bits of information you must have to follow along is your FTP address (which could be your domain name), your login and password.

Getting Started

As with many functions in Dreamweaver, there are two ways to access the site functions, either from the Site menu on the main menu bar or the Files panel, site dropdown.

Image 1: The Site Menu

Image 2: The File Panel

This will open up the Site Definition interface, which looks like:

Image 3: Site Definition interface

The two important bits of information to enter on this panel include the site name and the site HTTP Address (URL). We will enter "Database Packs" for the site name and the full URL for the HTTP Address,

Image 4: Site Name

Image 5: HTTP Address

Click the Next > button and the server-side technologies panel will load. It looks like:

Image 6: The Server language selection

We want to click on the second radio button (to indicate we want a server technology), like so:

Image 7: Selecting the server technology

On the Which server technology? dropdown, we want to select the last option, PHP MySQL, as shown below in Image 8. Then we want to click the Next > button again.

Image 8: The available server technologies

Note: Selecting "No, I do not want to use a server technology" changes the next page as well. The difference for your site is the file extension Dreamweaver makes new pages with is .htm (or .html depending on your setup) instead of .php, .asp or .cfm and the server behaviors and database features of Dreamweaver won't be enabled.

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