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Uploading Files to Dreamweaver with WebDAV

Dreamweaver can connect to a server that uses WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning), which is an HTTP protocol (more secure than FTP) that allows users to edit and manage files on remote web servers. If you've been using Dreamweaver to upload files to a Web server using FTP, and you're about to start using WebDAV because of the www2 server upgrade, you'll find that using WebDAV with Dreamweaver is quite similar to using FTP. Simply follow the directions below to configure your sites. If you are managing sites you've already configured to use FTP, choose the existing site definition(s), then select "edit" instead of "new" while following the directions below and change your settings accordingly.

For Dreamweaver 8 on Mac and PC.

Step One: Define your site.

 

Defining your site will provide Dreamweaver with key information that will allow it to better manage your links and other information.

  1. In the Dreamweaver menu bar go to "Sites" and choose "Manage sites."
  2. Click the "New" button and select "site" from the drop down menu. This will open the dialogue box pictured below.
  3. Making sure you have the "advanced" tab selected, enter a name in the "Site name" box. This can be any name of your choosing.
  4. In the "Local root folder" box navigate to the folder on your local computer or network where you are storing your files for this Web site.
  5. In the "Default images folder" box box navigate to the folder within your site folder where you are storing your main images. (Note: This is optional; you do not have to keep all images in this folder)
  6. In the "HTTP: address" box type in the url for your site,https://www2.bc.edu/firstname-lastname (Substituting your first and last name). For example:  https://www2.bc.edu/joe-smith
  7. PLEASE NOTE: The beginning of this URL is "https" and your name must be all lowercase.
  8. Check the "enable cache" box.
  9. Your site has now been defined, but wait to click OK.
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Step Two: Define your remote server connection


This step tells Dreamweaver what protocol to use, the location of your server, and your login and password information.

  1. On the left side of the dialogue box select "remote info." This will bring up a different dialogue box.
  2. In the "Access" box scroll down and select "WebDAV."
  3. In the URL box enter the url for your server. On the new www2 server that will be: https://www2.bc.edu/firstname-lastname. (Substituting your first and last name) For example:
    https://www2.bc.edu/joe-smith
  4. PLEASE NOTE: The beginning of this URL is "https" and your name must be all lowercase.
  5. In the "login" box type in your BC username.
  6. In the "password" box type your BC password. Click the "Save password" box.
  7. Check the box, "Maintain synchronization information" and  click "OK."
  8. This will return you to the first dialogue box. Click Done. When this box is closed the "files" panel will automatically open on either the left or right of your open file.
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Uploading ("putting") files to the Web server
  1. With the files panel open and set to local view, click the blue button that looks like an electrical plug connecting to an extension cord. This will open your connection to your remote Web server. You may, or may not, also need to click on the round arrow button to the right of the plug to refresh your file list.
  2. Select files and folders you would like to upload and push the "Put file(s)" button which is identified as an upward pointing blue arrow.
  3. In the drop down menu where it says "Local view," switch to "Remote view" to verify that your files have been uploaded.
  4. In your Web browser, go to your site to check that everything looks right.
  5. Note: If you would like to view local and remote files at the same time, simply click the expand collapse button to the far right of the other buttons in the panel screen. It has a blue and green bar on the top and a small right pointing arrow.
Downloading ("getting") files from the Web server
  1. Downloading is very similar to uploading. With your connection already open, switch from "local view" to "remote view."
  2. Select files and folders you would like to download and push the "Get file(s)" button which is identified as a downward pointing green arrow.

For Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 and CS5.5 on Mac and PC.

Step One: Define your site.

 

Defining your site will provide Dreamweaver with key information that will allow it to better manage your links and other information.

  1. In the Dreamweaver menu bar go to "Sites" and choose "Manage sites."
  2. Click the "New" button. This will open the dialogue box pictured below.
  3.  Enter a name in the "Site Name" box. This can be any name of your choosing
  4. In the "Local Site Folder" text box, navigate to the folder on your local computer or network where you are storing your files for this web site.
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Step Two: Define your remote server connection


This step tells Dreamweaver what protocol to use, the location of your server, and your login and password information.

  1.  Click on the "Servers" text in the left side of the window. This brings up dialog box where you'll select the wwww2.bc.edu server.
  2. Click on the plus sign in the lower left corner to bring up the server connection dialog box.
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3. Enter the name of your remote server in the "Server Name" text field. This can be any name of your choosing.
4. From the "Connect using" pulldown menu. choose "WebDAV".
5.In the URL box enter the url for your server. On the new www2 server that will be: https://www2.bc.edu/firstname-lastname. (Substituting your first and last name) For example:
https://www2.bc.edu/joe-smith
PLEASE NOTE: The beginning of this URL is "https" and your name must all lowercase.
6. In the "login" box type in your BC username.
7.In the "password" box type your BC password. Click the "Save password" box.
8. Clcik on the "Test" button to test your remote server connection.
9. Click the "Save" button.

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10. Click on the "Save" button on the Site Setup window. Your server set up is complete.
11. To work with your files, please reference the "Uploading and Downloading Your Files" diagram above.