Set Up Local and Remote Sites

NOTE: You will only need to set up your local and remote folders once.


Define a local site folder:

Before you create your webpages, begin by creating a folder.

Name it 'yourdeptweb' (ex. cetlweb or something specific to your department)
Open the 'website' folder and create a folder called images.

You must define a Dreamweaver local site folder for each new website you create.
Dreamweaver needs to know where your site files are located in order to publish them.
Ever get a broken link? It's because your document is not in the correct directory.

  • Start Dreamweaver and select Site > New Site. The Site Setup dialog box appears.
  • In the Site Name text box, enter yourdeptwebsite as the name of the site.
    The name is used internally by Dreamweaver to identify the site.
  • Click the folder icon next to the Local Site Folder text box to browse to and select the check new folder. 
  • Click Save.

site set up in Dreamweaver

The Files panel in Dreamweaver now shows the new local root folder for your current site.

local files

The file list in the Files panel acts as a file manager, allowing you to copy, paste,
delete, move, and open files just as you would on a desktop.

Set up your remote site

The remote folder is where you publish your files. If it's on the remote, the world can see it.

Go to Site > New Site

Enter the Site Name

Click the small folder icon and locate the folder from the local drive.

Click Save

site set up


Edit your remote site

manage site

Select Site > Manage Sites

Select the site you want to edit (there may be more than one)

Select Edit


Click the + sign in the Site Setup Dialog Box below

add remote

Enter a Server Name:edit
Create a name where your files are located.

FTP Address:

User Name:
unco1\ first.last

Password: The same password you use to logon each day.


Root Directory:

The root directory is usually the URL of your department's home page.

root directory

Click Save.