For some reason Dreamweaver keeps automatically 'putting' my template onto the server every time I save it, overwriting the template that was originally on there and I don't know why. It never used to do this and all my other sites work fine and don't have this problem... I don't want it to keep overwriting the files I have on the server... does anyone know how to stop it from doing this please? I would greatly appreciate any help anyone can give.
If it helps, I'm using CS4.
Welcome to the Forum Catherine -
I don't have your version, but while having a copy your template is not required for functionality,
It's a good idea to have a backup copy on the server in case you lose your local copy.
How many different templates are you using? If you rename unused templates on the server, they would not be overwritten.
For this particular website I only have one template. The website is up and running online, but I'm still working on it, trying to improve it and I'd like to preview before I upload it to the server and alter the other pages. I did have a backup of the template on the server as you said, but because I was experimenting with something in the local copy, the design changed quite a lot, and suddenly it was 'put' automatically (which was something it had never done before) resulting in a loss of the original template. Fortunately I ignored the prompt asking me to update the pages from this template, so the overall design of my live website has remained in tact. I pressed F12 as I always do and instead of taking me to my default browser for live preview, it 'put' the template onto the server. This is what I'd like to avoid doing again.
Thank you for your response! I really appreciate your help.
Go to Site > Manage Sites > Edit.
Remove the "automatically FTP on Save" option as this can be especially dangerous when you make mistakes. And everyone makes mistakes.
When you're ready to upload use Ctrl+Shift+U.
OK. Looks like an incomplete set-up. Nevertheless, DW thinks you have a local testing server. Each time you save files, it's putting copies in your C:\Users\Catherine\Pictures\tailormadeart folder.
Unless you're building dynamic web sites that use server-side scripts and databases, you don't need a testing server in DW. All you need is a Local site and your Remote server.
For static HTML sites, I recommend you delete or disable the Testing Server definition. See screenshot.