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Connecting to the new web server in Dreamweaver (using ftp - no WebDrive connection).

  1. Go into the "Site" menu and select "Edit Sites" (if you already have your site defined. If not, select "New Site" and follow the setup instructions [link] - instructions need to be modified)


  2. Select your department site you wish to work on and click the "Edit" button.



  3. Verify that you are in the "Advanced" tab view and under the "Local Info" Category. Your Site Name will remain the same. Your "Local Root folder" will change from pointing to Homeroom to the local drive you plan to work from (Ex: c:/temp). Click "Select."



  4. In the "Remote Info" section, select "ftp" as your connection. Enter "wwwdev.musc.edu" as the FTP Host, and your department directory name as the Host Directory

    - Make sure "Passive ftp" is checked.
    - Check the box that says "Automatically upload files to server on Save."
    - Enter your MNA user name in the "username" field.
    - Do not check "Save Password." You will be prompted for your MNA password when you perform a task that causes a connection (like saving the file).
    - Do not click the "Test" button; this function in Dreamweaver does not work with the MUSC ftp connection to the development server. - Also, do not check the "enable check-in/check-out" option.


  5. With this setup, the "local" view is going to point to the local folder you specified in setup (c:); the "remote" view is pointing to the development server - where your files go to upon Save, if you checked "Automatically upload files to server on save". You can switch between views in the "Site" window. (Hit F8 to display, if you don't see this window.) To see the files on the development server, you must click the button on the left. You will be prompted for your MNA password to connect. You will also be prompted for your password whenever you save a file, before it uploads it to the server (if you selected "upload files to server on save").


  6. If you choose to upload the files on your own (and not automatically with each save), then you will save your files to your local directory you're working in. Once you're ready to upload them to the development server or view them online, you can hit the blue "up" arrow and select "put file(s)." It will load them to the development server and prompt you for a password. From the "Site" window, you can select multiple files with this method, and move several at one time, and only be prompted for your password once.


  7. To preview your edits online, go to http://wwwdev.musc.edu/yourdirectory/yourfile.html

    This will be a view of your file on the development (testing) server - not the live/production server. Once everything is correct and approved, then you (or the publisher of your site, if it's someone other than you) go to WebControl ( http://webcontrol.musc.edu/publish ) to move the files from development to production (live and viewable to the public).

 

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