Publishing your Dreamweaver site is the exciting part, where all your hard work goes on show to the world, so lets make this bit as easy as possible for you.
When you signed up for your new Web Hosting Plan – hopefully with us, but if not that’s ok, we are still glad to help – you would have received an email with lots of details that related to FTP settings etc. We are going to need some of those settings to configure Dreamweaver to publish directly to your new web hosting without the need for any third party FTP Clients.
If you cannot find the email you were sent, your FTP settings can be viewed from within your Web Hosting Control Panel – Login using the Control Panel link in the menu above – and can be seen just below the Unlock FTP and labeled FTP Details.
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You will also need to use the Control Panel to Unlock your FTP before you Publish your Dreamweaver site to your new Web Hosting. This is a security measure to restrict access to only those entitled to do so.
Once you have all your FTP details to hand and you have Unlocked your FTP using this guide if required, you can return to Dreamweaver as we are ready to add the new settings for Publishing your site.
In the top menu bar, you will see the word Site. Click on this and then select manage sites.
This will open a new window where any sites you have created using Dreamweaver will be listed.
Click on the site you wish to publish and then click on the ‘Edit’ button on the right hand side of this window.
Another new window will now open and this is where we are going to make the necessary changes to link to our servers, or the server of your own Web Host.
Click on the Servers tab on the left hand side to reveal the current servers. You can remove any previous servers using the minus icon, then click on + to add our new one.
In the field marked ‘ Server Name’ type Remote Server.
In the drop down list for ‘Connect Using’, select FTP.
The FTP address will be ftp.yourdomainname.com where your domainname.com is your actual domain.
Your username will be your domainname.com ie: your actual domain name without the preceding w’s.
Your password will be displayed in the Welcome Email or available from within your Control Panel. Best to copy and paste this to avoid any typos.
In the Root Directory enter public_html.
In the Web URL Field type your website URL ie http://www.yourdomainname.com
Click on the ‘More Options’ disclosure arrow and check that Use Passive FTP is ticked.
If Use FTP Performance Optimisation is ticked, thats OK too.
The Port should be set to 21 and the advanced settings should be left alone.
Click on the Test button to check your settings are correct. If it’s looking good, we can continue. If you get an error, go back and check those settings and ensure your FTP is still unlocked.
You can now use the ‘Put Files To Remote Server’ icon to publish your site. You may see a couple or warnings that you are going to upload your entire site and overwrite an existing index.html file or something similar, but this will all depend on your own sites construction.
If you now use a web browser to visit your domain name and view your site LIVE on the internet, you should see your site has been uploaded and is displaying correctly.
Remember that your home page should be called index.html as this is the default page displayed by the web server. If you have a different landing page name ie: index.php index.cgi index.htm or something like that, you will need to use the File Manager to manually remove our default landing page or you may not see your own home page when you view your site.