Cornerstones of Dreamweaver Design: Setting Up Your Site Support

Recently, we sought out reader opinion on premium content. And, many of you emailed me and DMXzone that while you have found the information very helpful, the tutorials often assumed complex knowledge when most folks reading are just beginning to work with Dreamweaver as a pro tool, and many of you are even fairly new to web design. You clearly expressed that you wanted helpful tutorials that take you right from the very start of using Dreamweaver on through to using it in more complicated ways. This way you can begin building professional sites in a sophisticated manner, tapping into the workflow that Dreamweaver provides. This way, you can build a sturdy foundation of Dreamweaver knowledge upon which to grow your skills.
The series will cover the real how-to about the Dreamweaver program from a no-nonsense, step-by-step, practical perspective. Whether it’s something seemingly simple as today’s topic, “Setting up Your Site” to more involved topics such as collaboration and site testing, the point is to lead you through Dreamweaver so you learn it from the bottom up.

In order to work most effectively with any given site in Dreamweaver, it's important to define the site. Defining the site in Dreamweaver means that you first gather all of your materials (HTML pages, images, media, and so forth) in one place, create a directory structure for the materials that makes logical sense, and in many cases, set up remote server access to the server where your site will reside. Then, you can begin working on your pages in an organized way as well as tap into many of the useful tools Dreamweaver provides in terms of file protection and collaboration (which we'll address in future Cornerstone) topics.
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Table of Content:

  • Organizing Your Materials
  • Creating the Best File Structure
  • Defining the Site in Dreamweaver
  • Setting the Remote Information
  • Connecting to and Viewing Your Remote Site
  • How Easy Was That?

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molly holzschlagCoined "one of the greatest digerati" and deemed one of the Top 25 Most Influential Women on the Web, there is little doubt that in the world of Web design and development, Molly E. Holzschlag is one of the most vibrant and influential people around. With over 25 Web development book titles to her credit, Molly currently serves as Communications Director for the World Organization of Webmasters.

As a steering committee member for the Web Standards Project (WaSP), Molly works along with a group of other dedicated Web developers and designers to promote W3C recommendations. She also teaches Webmaster courses for the University of Arizona, University of Phoenix, and Pima Community College. She wrote the very popular column, Integrated Design, for Web Techniques Magazine for the last three years of its life, and spent a year as Executive Editor of

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