Before starting your project, did you properly define the local site folder and remote site info?
Creating your first web site in DW CS4 -
Thanks for your reply, Nancy.
If it had been a new site, I would have done that, but I had to leave the existing site until after I fully created the replacement site. I can access the new pages through Dreamweaver and edit on the remote server.
What I am trying to find out is how to change the settings so that editing takes place on the local computer, not the remote server.
If you have properly defined a local site folder for this web site, you should be able to see "your-site-name" in the FILES panel, LOCAL VIEW. See screenshot.
I can edit directly on the remote files, but I cannot put the local files. This is because of the way the site was originally set up , not by me, by choosing "Edit on remote server".
I would like to find a way to change it so I can edit on the local computer and then put the files to the remote computer.
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in your menubar go to sites>manage sites
select your site from the list then click "edit"
select "basic" then "next" twice, then uncheck "edit directly on server" and check "edit local copies on my machine, then upload to server when ready" instead.
That should work
This is exactly what I'm talking about. Thank you.
Unfortunately, I'm using CS3 and that path does not seem to appear. There is no "basic" button after "edit".
Do you have any idea where it's hidden in Dreamweaver CS3?
If you have the site files on your local computer, just create a new site definition in the normal way. Then delete the old site definition.
A Dreamweaver site definition simply controls how you communicate with the remote server. Deleting a site definition deletes the definition. It has no effect on the local files.
Thank you. That will definitely solve my problem.
I've been pretty nervous about screwing up an important website that I did not set up.
I've got precisely the same problem as the person who asked this original question. I'm using CS3. Only some of the files in the remote site are on my own computer, and without a proper local site definition, I can't do a number of things - including finding my FTP password. (My site is currently listed as fttp//APTN 2008 - and doesn't allow any options such as local view, remote view etc: also, when I try to manage it, the options are minimal compared with those offered when one edits a genuinely local site).
I can see how to follow your advice (copying the remote files all over and I'm pretty sure that I can create a new "local" site definition.)
However, what scares me is that I have no record of what my FTP password is. Somehow or other when I created this file two or three years ago, I lost any record of the password, despite the fact that I'm normally very conscientious about keeping tabs on these things.
I'm very frightened that I will lose that FTP password information when I create the new local site. If that happens, then I will be locked out of my site, which happened once before when Microsoft dropped support for (what was their clunky website programme?).
How do I get at that FTP password if, as I see it, I can't get at a Site Definition for the orphan "Remote" site?
Apologies. Somehow or other (and I really don't know how I did it), I had created an STE for this site, and I've worked out the password from this.
Intuitive, Dreamweaver is not!