Chapter 4. Setting Up Sites and Servers

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Making a local site

  • Dreamweaver Technique: Setting Up Your Site

  • Generating and saving pages

  • Previewing your Web site

  • Publishing online

Web sites — especially those integrating Web applications — are far more than collections of HTML documents. Every image — from the smallest navigational button to the largest background image — is a separate file that must be uploaded with your HTML page. Moreover, if you use any additional elements, such as an included script, background sound, digital video, or Java applet, these files must be transferred as well. To preview the Web site locally and view it properly on the Internet, you have to organize your material in a specific manner.

In Dreamweaver, the process of creating a site can also involve developing Web applications in a particular server model. Dreamweaver is unique in its capability to author sites for a variety of server models. Although it is possible to mix pages developed for different server models, it's not really practical. Dreamweaver enables you to select one server model for each site.

Dreamweaver gives Web developers who work with existing sites a direct connection to the server. Working in this mode enables you to make quick corrections to a page and transfer files, but many of Dreamweaver's special features require that you establish a local site.

As I describe in this chapter, each time you begin developing a new site, you define several initial parameters, including the ...

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