By: Paul Davis
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Setting up the Servers
Select the Servers option on the left menu and you'll see this:
Image 6: The servers panel
Click on the + to setup a server, you will see this:
Image 7: The server setup panel
Enter a name for the server into the Server Name: option; this can be anything you'd like since it's merely used for your own identification within Dreamweaver. Select the connection method. The default selection of FTP is usually fine unless you have a specific reason for choosing an alternative. Enter your FTP address information in the FTP Address: option. This actual address could be, as below, a www.boss-hole.com URL or a ftp.boss-hole.com URL or even a totally different URL. This all depends on what the hosting company's servers are setup to accept. Then enter your Username and Password for the FTP account. Uncheck the Save checkbox on the password if you are working on a PC where you share it with others. With all of this information filled out, click on Test to make sure you can connect properly. Next, for most Linux/GNU servers, the site's folder has a public_html folder where the web site is located. If this is the case for your server, you will need to enter the folder name in the Root Directory option. Keep in mind, this folder will be appended to the end of the URL for the site; you'll want to remove it from the last line (Web URL:) since it's not actually a sub-folder of your public web site:
Image 8: The server setup panel filled out
There are several additional checkboxes that can be used to fine-tune your connection by clicking on More Options; I would normally never change these as the default values are almost always fine. Use passive FTP is used for certain servers who can't work with normal FTP (if you get errors connecting or transferring, switch to passive FTP to see if that helps). The IPv6 transfer mode is for servers on the IPv6 standard. If you are behind a firewall and the site server is outside the firewall, you will need to setup the proxy in Preference and then select the Use Proxy option here. If you are having errors with rollbacks or moving files, you may need to set Use alternative FTP move method.
Image 9: More Options list
The Advanced button on the top of this panel has a few options under it, the most critical being the Testing Server option.
Image 10: The Advanced button options