Publishing Your Dreamweaver Website To A New Web Host

It can seem a bit daunting moving your Dreamweaver site from one Web Host to another, though in this Screencast, we take you step by step through the changes you need to make to get your site up and running again in no time.

If you have a completely new site and you are uploading your Dreamweaver site to new web hosting for the first time, this Screencast Tutorial is perfect for you too, as it covers all the settings you need to include to publish your site directly to your Web Hosting Plan from Dreamweaver via FTP.

If you need a reminder of how to unlock your Web Hosting Account  for FTP access – a special security feature of our web hosting plans – please see this guide to unlocking your FTP

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Video Transcript

Hello and welcome to another Screencast from RediWebHosting.com
In this Screencast we will be showing you how to upload – or Publish if you prefer – your Dreamweaver website to your web hosting plan with us here at Rediweb Hosting. You may well have previously uploaded your website to a different host and so you will need to make some changes to the site server settings to be able to connect with our servers at this end.

When you set up your Web Hosting Plan with us, you should have received an email containing all the necessary details for FTP access and other information about your Control Panel, like Email and Webmail access. A couple of important points are shown here, namely that you will need to unlock your hosting for FTP access and that all files should be uploaded to the public_html directory. To make things easier later, copy the FTP password avoiding any whitespace on either side. So, if you have not already done so, go ahead and unlock your Web Hosting for FTP access.

If you’re not sure how to unlock your Web Hosting for FTP Access, please check out our other Written Guides and Video Screencasts for full details and check the notes below this video.

If you view the URL associated with your Web Hosting, you will see our default landing page, that you will be replacing when you upload your website. This page is named index.html and your home page should be called the same. If you need to name your home page something different, you can simply use the file manager in the Web hosting control Panel to delete our default page.

So lets switch over to Dreamweaver. I have just put together a very basic single page site which we are going to upload along with all its required assets like the images folder and any css files you have created.

To begin with you need to go to ‘Site’ in the top menu and click on ‘Manage sites’. This will open a window that lists any sites you have created with Dreamweaver. click on the site you wish to publish and then select ‘Edit’. The new window has all the site setup configurations and we need to view the Server Settings. I already have a server that I have used previously, so i’m going to remove that using the minus button and add a new one for this new web hosting plan.

This is where the details from the Welcome Email are entered. If you have deleted the Welcome email, all the FTP settings are displayed within your web hosting control panel under the heading FTP Details and are found just below the Unlock FTP section.

For the Server Name i’m just going to enter ‘Remote Server’ so we know it’s not a local server we are using.
Make sure ‘Connect Using’ is set to FTP. Enter the FTP address which was your domain name preceded by ftp dot. Your username is your domain name without the w’s, and you can now paste in that password we copied earlier.
The root directory must be set to public_html and then edit the Web URL if necessary to be your websites full URL namely http://www.yourdomainname

Click on the ‘more options’ disclosure arrow and ensure that a tick is in the box for use passive FTP and if the optimised FTP option is already selected, that’s OK too. You can now click on Test Connection to ensure everything is OK. In the Advanced section, it probably best to leave everything as it is by default. Click on save and you should see your new Remote Server listed for your site and a tick in the Remote Box. Click save again and we’re done.

You can now publish your site changes using the Put Files Icon in the Files Manager.
You will most probably see a message advising you that you are uploading the entire site, and a further warning about replacing the existing index.html file, though these may vary depending on your sites configuration.

If we switch back now and check to see whats live on our site, we are greeted with our Dreamweaver page that has been successfully uploaded.

We hope this Screencast has helped you to learn how to upload your Dreamweaver website files to your new web hosting plan. Remember that you can connect with us in lots of ways to stay up to date with our latest Written Guides and Video Screencasts. You can find us on Facebook & Twitter, View our YouTube Chanel, Connect with us using Google Plus and LinkedIn or grab our RSS feed. If you have a request for a Screencast or Written Guide to help you understand more about your Web Hosting Plan, then please do get in touch with us using support@rediwebhosting.test or by raising a support ticket whilst logged in to your RediWebHosting Account. See you again soon.

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