In Dreamweaver, a site organizes on your local computer all the documents associated with your website and lets you track and maintain links, manage files, share files, and transfer your site files to a web server. Think of your Dreamweaver site as the “bucket” that contains all of the files and assets for your website.
A typical Dreamweaver site has at least two parts:
- Local folder: This is your working directory. Dreamweaver refers to this folder as your local site. The local folder is usually a folder on your hard drive.
- Remote folder: This is where you store your files on the computer that’s running your web server. The computer running the web server is often but not always the computer that makes your site publicly available on the web.
Define a local site folder
You must define a Dreamweaver local site folder for each new website you create. Dreamweaver needs to know where your site files are to create all the internal links correctly, and to update them when you move files to a different location within your site.
Next, set up the site for this tutorial series and define as your local site folder the check_cs5 folder you copied into your Sites folder:
- Start Dreamweaver and select Site > New Site. The Site Setup dialog box appears.
- In the Site Name text box, enter Check Magazine as the name of the site. The name is used internally by Dreamweaver to identify the site. It doesn’t matter if it contains spaces.
- Click the folder icon next to the Local Site Folder text box to browse to and select the check_cs5folder.
- Click Save. That’s it!
The Files panel in Dreamweaver now shows the new local root folder for your current site (see Figure 2). 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.