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 website
  • Publishing online
  • Working with Business Catalyst

Websites—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 website locally and view it properly on the Internet, you have to organize your material in a particular manner.

While you can code individual pages in Dreamweaver, for a great many of Dreamweaver’s features, you’ll need to define a site. As I describe in this chapter, each time you begin developing a new site, you define several initial parameters, including the chosen server model (provided, of course, you are creating a dynamically driven site, such as a web application). These steps lay the groundwork for Dreamweaver to properly link your local development site with a remote online site, as well as to link properly to your data sources (again, for dynamically driven sites). This chapter begins with a brief description of approaches to online design, aimed primarily at those who are just starting to create websites. The remainder of the ...

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