Setting Up Dreamweaver (or Dreamweaver MX with a Cpanel Hosting
There are many ways to connect and update your files on your
hosting account (FTP, Frontpage, Cpanel File Manager). One of the
most popular is Dreamweaver. We have assembled this easy to use
guide to connecting Dreamweaver to your account.
Will Dreamweaver work with my hosting account?
Yes. Dreamweaver will connect directly to your hosting account
and will sync with it. DW should be able to upload all of your
files and you may use it to update your site easily. Please make
sure to know where your local web files are stores on your PC before
starting this tutorial. Or if you are creating a new website, you
can choose any location on your PC to start a site with.
What initial data do I need?
Your domain name. Your ftp username and
password. You should have all of this information from your
welcome email that we sent you. If you do not have this connect
To use Dreamweaver you must connect your PC to our server
using the Dreamweaver program. The following covers that
Lanch Dreamweaver on your PC.
Use the menu at the top and select SITE, then select MANGE SITES.
Click NEW SITE
Name your site anything, like myWebSite
ok now click on the ADVANCED TAB
You should see Local info and Remote info now. Local info is
where your website files reside on you PC, that is why it is called
local. Remote info is the info on your server account here.
You should already see your site name filled in. Press on the
icon to the right of Local root folder and find where your website
files are on your PC. If it is an existing website, choose that
existing folder. If it is a new website, create a new
folder. Do the same with the default images folder. (Note
that only you will know where your local PC files are).
For http:// address enter your domain name you registered with
us. IE if your domain is rabbit.com, you would enter
Ok your local info is now defined. Now click on the REMOTE INFO
Select REMOTE INFO
Set Access to mode FTP FTP HOST: Will be your
domain name minus any http://www. Ie if your domain name is
rabbit.com then that is all you enter here. Do not enter www. Host Directory: For all
Cpanel enabled accounts enter public_html/
make sure to include the backslash / Username: Enter your master
FTP username as stated in your welcome email Password: Enter your master
FTP password as stated in your welecome email
Click on SAVE PASSWORD so you don't have to re-enter it Passive transfers: click this
box ON (if you have connection troubles you can try clicking it off).
Firewall: You usually leave this checked off
SFTP: You usually leave this checked off
Checkin and checkout: Use this option if you only want altered
files to transfer to the server. Leave it off if you want the
entire site to transfer each time.
Click on test to test your logon. If it does not work, try
tweaing your Passive and Firewall settings.
If it works of press OK at the bottom of the page to exit this page.
Ok now click on DONE and your project should appear in the RIGHT
SIDEBAR of DreamWeaver as shown below.
You have successfully setup Dreamweaver to connect with the
server. If you run into any problems please contact support and
we will assist you.
Ok now how do I FTP my webfiles to the Server?
In the right sidebar, shown above. Select your project, IE
Now click on the first PLUG icon (it is the little blue PLUG icon just
to the left of the circular arrow icon.
If you get a POP-UP screen at this point requesting local or remote
info then you did not correctly configure your connection. Repeat
the steps at the start of this page. Assuming you do not get that
pop-up page, Dreamweaver should now connect.
If you get no connection errors continue.
You should not be connected to the server.
To view the files on the remote server connect on the icon shown above,
This should open a view of the local server (your PC on the right) and
the server (on the left).
Assuming you have not transfered files yet, or you have added or edited
files, the remote side will not look like the local side. You need to
SYNC your files so the PC looks like the server.
Click on SITE -> SYNCHRONIZE
You can then choose to SYNC specific files you highlighted in the file
menu above or all of the files.
If you want to send ALL files from your PC to the SERVER select Put
newer files to remote.
If you want to send ALL files from the server to your PC select put
newer files to local.
Be careful of the DELETE REMOTE FILES option. If selected it
usually will delete
files that do not appear on on side or the other.
Your PC and server should be in SYNC
You can also move just one file by selecting it in the sidebar menu and
pressing on the UP or DOWN
I see a file list when I goto my domain but not my website?
Make sure to name your welcome page index.html then upload
it. This will fix this.