Dreamweaver CS5 – How to configure server settings

This article will assist you with configuring your sever settings in Dreamweaver CS5.

Open your current site by clicking Site and then Manage Sites…
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Choose your site from the list, and then click “Edit”
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If you don’t already have a server configured, click “Servers” and then click the plus sign to add a new server. If you already configured a server, choose the server from the list and click the pencil icon to modify it.
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Basic Server Settings

Fill out the Basic server settings as described below, and then click “Test
Server Name: Enter a name for this server
Connect using: Choose FTP
FTP Address: Enter your domain name here
Username and Password: Enter your cPanel username and password
Root Directory: If you are setting this up for your main domain, enter public_html
Web URL: This will auto fill in for you when you enter a root directory. Please be sure to remove “public_html” from the Web URL so that it only reads http://example.com
More Options – Use Passive FTP: Select “Use Passive FTP”

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When your server settings test was a success, click “OK” and then click “Save
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After you have properly configured your server, click “Save
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Thoughts on “Dreamweaver CS5 – How to configure server settings

  • I am looking for a guide on how to use Dreamweaver to edit the html of the child theme. I don’t understand how to do this because the child theme currently has very few files. Do I make the changes and then save them to the child theme? Thanks in advance for your help.

  • No, that guide is for CS5 and below. Dreamweaver has removed those options in CS6 apparently. It is no longer possible to connect to the server via SFTP with SSH key.

    I found out that you can make it work via a round-about method with bitvise ssh client although that’s of little use to me on a mac. Detailed instructions here – http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11942653/dreamweaver-cs6-ssh-private-key-sftp-on-amazon-ec2

    There is no excuse for Inmotion to not be aware of this if they are going to force SSH keys for SFTP connections. This has wasted a lot of my time and documentation is poor and out of date. As another example of this, even though the SSH Key guide continues to talk about puttygen, it is no longer needed as your own service allows conversion to PPK right from cpanel.

    Hopefully this helps someone.

    Thanks

  • My web site brings up a generic WordPress site. I’ve talked to the IMH support staff and they gave me  these instructions – which didn’t help. How can I get my site back using Dreamweaver?

    • So, I’m assuming you have a local copy of your site you built with Dreamweaver? You would need to set up Dreamweaver to push those files from your local computer to the server using FTP. This article explains how to do that. You will need to configure Dreamweaver to publish your site. This tutorial will walk you through the settings needed to do so.

  • What if I don’t want to connect via FTP and want to connect SFTP? FTP is not secure and not recommended. I am having trouble accessing the server via dreamweaver and yet Filezilla connects without issue.

  • If my web designer uses Dreamweaver, I need to give him my cpanel password, correct? I’ve set up an FTP account for him, but that user/pass doesn’t work in Dreamweaver. Does it work only for Filezilla and the others listed upon clicking “Configure FTP client”?

  • Whats is the ip address from my FTP, because the DNS are still the old ones, so I need the IP address to make the conection until the DNS setting are changed. Thanks

  • For a subdomain, would the Root Director look like this: Root Directory:  public_html/subdomain (where you’d enter the name of your subdomain)

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