Western Kentucky University

IT Division - Website Hosting

Using Dreamweaver for Uploading to Personal / Professional Websites

Use the directions below to use Dreamweaver to upload to your personal/professional website.

Getting Started

When using Macromedia Dreamweaver for the first time, you need to define the Web site so that Dreamweaver can sort your files and set up your site properly. Follow these easy instructions to define a new Web site for Macromedia Dreamweaver.

If you would prefer to watch a video on this subject, please go here:
Dreamweaver - Defining your Site Video

Setting Up Your Site
  1. Go to "Site" menu at the top and click on "Manage Sites". Once the Manage Sites window appears, click "New" and then "Site." Select the "Advanced" tab at the top.
  2. Enter a "Site Name." This is just how your website will be identified on your local computer. Make this something easy to remember and recognizable.
  3. The "Local Root Folder" is where your files will be store on your local computer. Any folder will work, but make sure you have easy access to it.

    Defining your site in Dreamweaver
  4. After finishing steps 1 - 3 on the first dialog box, you may now click on "Remote Info" on the left side. From the dropdown box, choose "FTP."
  5. The "FTP host" is the name of the server that you are connecting to. You should have this set to "people.wku.edu"
  6. The "Host directory" is the location on the server where your files are being placed. Please use /export/home/NetID replacing 'abc12345' with your username to place your webpages.
  7. Now you may enter your login and password in the appropriate boxes. You can click "Test" to see if you connect to the server successfully. Once done, you may click OK.

    Enter your NetID username and password in the Dreamweaver site setup screen

 

Uploading Your Site

Now that you have your site profile setup in Dreamweaver, you can now start creating your pages and uploading them to the server, to be viewed on the internet. The image below shows the Local view of the Files window. You will see the index.html that has already been created.

Note:
Local View - The files on your local computer.
Remote View - The files on the server.

Here are a few steps to get your site uploaded to the server.

  1. To upload your file, highlight the file that you want to send to the server. Once highlighted, click the blue up arrow. It should instantly send the file to the server.
  2. You may switch to the "Remote View" from the dropdown box to see if your file was successfully uploaded.

    Press the blue upload button to upload files and folders


Your site should now be accessible on the Internet. If you have any questions or need more help please contact the IT Helpdesk at (270) 745-7000.

 Last Modified 7/23/13