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Define a local folder

You can define a Dreamweaver local folder for each new website you create. The local folder is the folder you use to store working copies of site files on your hard disk. If you don't define a local folder, Dreamweaver will not work properly.

Defining a local folder also gives you the ability to manage your files and to transfer files to and from your web server using a number of different file transfer methods.

Now you'll create the local folder for the Wildlife Project website.

1 Before you open Dreamweaver, create a folder called wildlife_project somewhere on your local disk to store working copies of your files.
2 Inside the wildlife_project folder, create three sub-folders: flash, png, and images. You won't need these folders right away, but they'll become important in later tutorials.
3 Open Dreamweaver and select Site > New Site.
The Site Definition dialog box appears.

4 If the wizard (Basic tab) is showing, click the Advanced tab and select Local Info from the Category list (it should be the default).
5 In the Site Name text box, enter The Wildlife Project as the name of the site.
6 In the Local Root Folder text box, specify the wildlife_project folder you created in step 1. You can click the folder icon to browse to and select the folder, or enter a path in the Local Root Folder text box.
7 In the Default Images Folder text box, specify the images folder you created in step 2. You can click the folder icon to browse to and select the folder, or enter a path in the Default Images Folder text box.
Leave the Site Definition dialog box open. Next, you will specify a remote folder.

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