I'm a subscriber to Creative Cloud, using DW CS6 for CSS tweaks and ftp uploads.
See this site: http://www.santafe-webdesign.com. I have been using DW since 1996, keeping it updated. A few weeks ago I moved from CS5 to CS6. I found that as soon as I did this, I would break websites when I uploaded simple CSS changes using DW ftp. My websites would turn into blank white pages, as you can see (I'm going to restore the site asap, so depending on when you see this post, the site may be back up).
Initially I thought maybe my new Macbook Pro had a bug. Anyway, I learned that DW had an update that addressed this problem, so I updated DW. The problem still existed. I finally learned via the forum that DW need the line break setting in Code formatting in preferences to be set for Windows. I thought that solved the problem, but the exact problem is back.
All I did today was add a tiny bit of CSS to the template css file and upload it. Again, my business is down online.
What in the world is going on?
I know. Thanks for the heads up. The site JUST finished restoring so it's up now.
So my question remains. (I am suffering from a web designer's version of PTSD. I thought this problem would never happen again after going through nightmarish days of breaking site after site by uploading CSS files via DW after making minor changes, and then thinking the problem was resolved.)
Today, when I used DW to upload a file with the tiniest CSS change which was made in DW CS6, the site was broken in exactly the same way as the others previously: a blank white page. FYI: all my sites are Joomla sites.
I"m afraid that I'll have to drop Dreamweaver out of my work flow.
Any ideas about this issue?
First, what is the purpose of the subfolder named testakeeba ?
I trust you are working with a defined site, yes?
In the FTP section of your site configuration, what is the name of the target folder for your uploads?
Are you using the "synchronize" setting?
(sorry, I don't have a recent verasion of DW and I am more comfortable with a 3rd party FTP program for precise control)
Earlier, I was testing Akeeba Backup as a backup system, and did a test restoration in the subfolder testakeeba.
Yes, I always work with defined sites. I upload to public_html. I don't syncronize, I just make CSS modifications in DW on my local hard drive and use DW FTP to upload. I may well join you in NOT using DW for FTP ever again. It's just that I have a system I've used for 15 years or so and it works for me.
Well, I can certainly feel your pain, I can't imagine how uploading a single file could delete all the other files on the server... it sounds impossible doesn't it?
If you go the 3rd party FTP route, I like WS-FTP Pro by Ipswich. The program is small and quick to load, and if you set your local file window to sort newest files on top, you can instantly see which files have not yet been uploaded. Just select the file(s) and click the arrow to upload.
You can even drag & drop files from any local window to the server.
I guess the only difference is instead of loading your login information into DW, you enter it in your FTP program
Files were not deleted. I deleted files off the server in order to do a clean reinstall.
And yes, I may move to another FTP program. In order to keep my work flow as it is, I might switch to CODA. Thanks for the info.
Filezilla is another suggestion for a 3rd party FTP client - http://filezilla-project.org/
Also, if you feel this is something you want to report to Adobe, feel free: https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/mmform/index.cfm?name=wishform
Thank you. I absolutely will drop Dreamweaver if I have to. If I can keep my workflow as it is, all the better. I just tested the issue on another site and had no problem. The only difference between the settings on the site that worked was that Use FTP Performance Optimization was checked in the MORE OPTIONS area of the Site Setup dialog box, in addition to Passive FTP. When I adjusted the settings on my site to match, I had no problem. Could this be the solution?
Good point. Well I just tested my theory. I deselected Use FTP Optimization, made a CSS modification, uploaded the file, and the site is fine. Back to square one, I guess.
Here's the reason for my stubborn attachment to Dreamweaver: It's all about workflow. I use the LIVE VIEW function to inspect my PHP files live and modify CSS. As soon as the CSS is right, it's easy to hit Command-Shift-U to upload my style sheet- so fast and easy when it works.
One alternative is to use Google Chrome and Inspect Element to test CSS modifications, and then copy and paste the changes into my template on the server, via the Template Manager in Joomla. But that's more cumbersome, AND I would need to download a copy of the template to have one on my hard drive. Really, it's like three steps instead of two. If I use a different FTP client, again, it's extra steps.
Valid points. Agreed.
For Firefox you can use firebug btw.
Also ftp client in dw has some added features already for creative cloud subscribers. We can hopefully expect major face lift in next major release for perpetual licenses.
Thanks again. Yes, I moved from Firefox with Firebug to Chrome because Chrome is so much faster for me. When you say:
Also ftp client in dw has some added features already for creative cloud subscribers.
What features are you referring to, and when were these features added?
We can hopefully expect major face lift in next major release for perpetual licenses.
I'm not sure I understand. What is a perpetual license? Is that different from Creative Cloud? Do Cloud customers get different features than those who purchase the software?
What is a perpetual license? Is that different from Creative Cloud? Do Cloud customers get different features than those who purchase the software?
Perpetual license is a 'never-end' license unlike Creative Cloud which works on a subscription model.
Not really - Creative Cloud subscribers fdo not get 'different' features. They get new features first. The rest of us have to wait for an update to the core application to be released to get those features.
As seen on Adobe's website, read the last line:
Thanks. I spoke to Adobe support. They said, to test this issue I need to:
I don't have time for this right now. So I'm making duplicate public_html folders before working so I can easily revert if a site breaks. Unfortunately I can't reproduce the problem consistently. It seems random.
MORE INFORMATION: I just opened a different Joomla 2.5.8 client site in Dreamweaver and opened the root level index.php page. I then chose LIVE VIEW and got a blank page in Dreamweaver. The site was in perfect condition moments before and then it was a blank white page on the server. I got help from a bluehost tech guy who said that there was a PHP issue. He restored the files. I then updated to the latest php version on bluehost: PHP 5.4 (Single php.ini) with an extension called ioncube. I then opened the same file in the same site using the same LIVE VIEW and everything was fine.
MORE INFORMATION: I just opened a different Joomla 1.5.6 website in Dreamweaver. I modified the template index.php file and uploaded it. The site turned into a blank white page. I saw that the php version was 5.2 and updated it to 5.4 with ioncube. The site was back up instantly.