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About Dreamweaver site definition

In the previous tutorial, Wildlife Project 5: Setting up your ColdFusion MX application server, you configured your system to develop a web application. In that tutorial, you completed the following:

Established access to a web server
Installed Macromedia ColdFusion MX Application Server on the system running the web server
Created a root folder for your web application on the system running the web server
Ran a test with a text file to make sure the servers were working properly

Once the servers for your website are operational, you are ready to define a Dreamweaver MX site. In Dreamweaver, the term "site" can refer either to a website or to a local storage location for the documents belonging to a website. The latter is what you need to establish before you begin building your website. A Dreamweaver MX site organizes all the documents associated with your website and enables you to track and maintain links, manage files, share files, and transfer your site files to a web server. You view the files and assets for your site in the Dreamweaver MX Site panel.

A Dreamweaver site consists of as many as three parts, depending on your environment and the type of website you are developing:

Local folder is your working directory. Dreamweaver refers to this folder as your "local site." The local folder is usually a folder on your hard disk.

Remote folder is where you store your files, depending on your environment, for testing, production, collaboration, and so on. Dreamweaver refers to this folder as your "remote site." The remote folder will be a folder on the computer running your web server.

Folder for dynamic pages (Testing Server folder) is the folder where Dreamweaver processes dynamic pages. This folder is often the same folder as the remote folder.

Note: Macromedia HomeSite and Macromedia ColdFusion Studio users can think of a Dreamweaver site as a HomeSite or Studio project.

There are two ways you can set up a Dreamweaver site: use the Site Definition Wizard, which steps you through the setup process; use the Site Definition Advanced settings, which enable you to set up local, remote, and testing folders individually, as necessary.

This tutorial shows you how to use the Site Definition Advanced settings. For instructions on how to use the Site Definition Wizard (recommended for users who are new to Dreamweaver), see Dreamweaver Help (Help > Using Dreamweaver > Dreamweaver Basics > Planning and Setting Up Your Site > Using the Site Definition Wizard).

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