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Broken preview link(F12) for pages in DW CS6

Mar 31, 2013 5:31 PM

Helllo experts

In a simple trial site, I've been experimenting by creating, editing, uploading, downloading, updating, etc. in both Dreamweaver CS6 and Business Catalyst.  Everything seemed to work as I expected until I did something that has made it impossible to preview any page while in Dreamweaver by pressing F12 (or via the menu item.)  I get a Page Not Found message.  . . . or an 404 message.

 

I can preview pages from Business Catalyst, so I know the files are there and identical locally and on the remote server.  After trying several things, including restarting Dreamweaver and trying both Firefox and IE.  Same problem.  I finally downloaded the entire site.  That didn't fix it.

 

Can anyone tell me what happened, what I should not have done, and/or how to repair the missing link?

 

Many thanks in advance

 

Richard

ctg-bc-basicscratch.businesscatalyst.com

 
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  • Sudarshan Thiagarajan
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    Mar 31, 2013 9:52 PM   in reply to richardhumetalbott

    Are you previewing the Local or Remote file?

     

    If your browser does open and give you a 404 error, can you check the filepath on the address bar and verify if the actual file exists there? Maybe an incorrect site definition?

     
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    Mar 31, 2013 11:32 PM   in reply to richardhumetalbott

    Hi Richard,

     

    We had a similar query previously which we resolved: http://forums.adobe.com/message/4963021#4963021. Let us know if this helped you.

     

    Meanwhile, you can access the Help content directly from these links. You need to be online to do that.

     

    Dreamweaver Help and Tutorials (http://helpx.adobe.com/dreamweaver/topics.html)

     

    Dreamweaver Help (http://helpx.adobe.com/dreamweaver.html)

     

     

    Thanks,

    Preran

     
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    Apr 2, 2013 2:39 PM   in reply to richardhumetalbott

    When you try to preview a file, what is the address in the browser's address field?

     
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    Apr 2, 2013 10:58 PM   in reply to richardhumetalbott

    Sorry about that. I got confused with the F1 button. Looks like the experts are on it. I will pitch in if I have anything additional to add.

     
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  • Sudarshan Thiagarajan
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    Apr 2, 2013 11:10 PM   in reply to richardhumetalbott

    Hi Richard,

     

    Can you verify your Site Definition settings to see what you have in 'Local Settings'? From your reply to Murray it looks like Preview is happening from 'Remote Server' and not 'Local'. You may want to verify the Site Definition for Local Settings is properly done so that Preview Local will run from your Local file and not remote.

     

    Also, you're saying this is the only site that is problematic. The other sites that work, are they all BC sites as well or just regular hosts that you're working locally on?

     
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  • Sudarshan Thiagarajan
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    Apr 3, 2013 10:42 AM   in reply to richardhumetalbott

    You're welcome, Richard.

     

    By default, a local Testing Server is critical if you're developing server side files such as PHP or ASP. Testing Server is usually your WAMP or MAMP environment so it can parse these server-side dynamic files. Previewing dynamic files happens from Testing Server, although even plain HTML files will be previewed from there if you have a Testing Server defined. As a fallback, for plain HTML files, without a Testing Server defined, previews happen from your Local copy.

     

    Remote server is the place that you push your final files into, after previewing and finalizing them.

     

    Here are a few articles that will help you better understand this process:

     

    About DW Sites - http://help.adobe.com/en_US/dreamweaver/cs/using/WS753df6af718a350a560 1124413168b2b12f-8000.html

    Managing Files & Folders in DW - http://help.adobe.com/en_US/dreamweaver/cs/using/WSc78c5058ca073340dcd a9110b1f693f21-7ed0a.html

    Synchronizing Files in DW - http://help.adobe.com/en_US/dreamweaver/cs/using/WSc78c5058ca073340dcd a9110b1f693f21-7ea5a.html

    How to Set-up a Local Testing Server in DW and why it is important to do so (Devnet Article written by one of our most valued members, David Powers)- http://www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/articles/setup_testing_server. html

     

    Trust this helps.

     

    Happy learning

     
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  • Sudarshan Thiagarajan
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    Apr 4, 2013 8:40 PM   in reply to richardhumetalbott

    You're welcome, Richard. Do post back if you need any further assistance.

     

    Happy to help

     
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