I've just installed a trial version of CS5.5 having been using CS3 for the last few years. It's very different and I was wondering if there were helpful tutorials/procedures specifically for configuring after installation.
In particular at the moment:
And any other suggestions for getting set up and trying out this version without going back to scratch would be gratefully received!
It sounds like you are working directly on a remote webserver. That isn't the normal way to work in DW. Normally you will set up a testing server on your local computer. If you are using PHP/MySQL, then you will also need to set up a webserver locally. I use the free ZEND Server community edition. Many people use XAMPP. You will also connect to a local copy of the database.
When using a testing server you upload files to the remove server only when you have finished working on them. DW has a "Maintain synchronization information" option in the site setup (advanced), but I prefer to maintain synchronization manually because often I work on one script for days whereas other scripts need to be updated right away.
Regarding Design View. Many users are disappointed by it. I have no use for it anyway, so it doesn't bother me.
I also don't use the dynamic sites function because I write my own code, so someone else may offer you suggestions there.
I also just went from CS3 to CS6 and the testing server setup is a nightmare compared to CS3. I use a local server for testing and have a large Generic folder for many sites and also specific Folders for other sites. I get different results for different sites with the same settings when I try live view.
All the CS6 programs seem to try and predetermine a configuration, without easy or should I say logical ways to change them.
I may just scrap the CS6 before my 30 days is up and get my money back.
Thanks Rob. I've just downloaded XAMPP as I belatedly realised it was the remote connection that was causing many of the delays. I haven't used a testing server before so this is new to me. If you (or anyone) can help I'd be grateful:
It seems to me as though I should create a folder called htdocs inside the Apache folder and put all my local files in there - is that right? No htdocs folder exists with the standard XAMPP installation I've just done and I can't figure out where else the 'server folder' might apply to. The only alternative I can think is to specify the folder I currently have my local website files in, which is a network drive and this doesn't currently seem to work.
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