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Specify where dynamic pages can be processed

After defining the remote folder in Dreamweaver, specify a folder where dynamic pages can be processed. Dreamweaver uses this folder—the testing server folder—to generate dynamic content and connect to databases while you work.

Typically, you specify the same root folder you created on the web server as your testing server folder. The testing server folder must reside on the web server.

Note: The root folder can be local or remote, depending on where your web server is running. In some cases, users choose a root folder on the local web server as their testing server folder, and a separate root folder on the remote web server as their remote folder. This arrangement enables users to test dynamic pages locally before uploading them to the remote server for public access.

1 If the Site Definition dialog box is not open, open it by selecting Site > Edit Sites, selecting The Wildlife Project site, and clicking Edit.
The Site Definition dialog box appears.
2 If the wizard (Basic tab) is showing, click the Advanced tab and select Testing Server from the Category list.
The Testing Server dialog box appears. Dreamweaver needs the services of a testing server to generate and display dynamic content while you work. The testing server can be your local computer, a development server, a staging server, or a production server. As long as it can process the kind of dynamic pages you plan to develop, the choice doesn't matter.
3 Select a server technology from the Server Model pop-up menu. We selected ColdFusion.
4 Accept the default Testing Server settings, or enter different settings.
By default, Dreamweaver assumes that your testing server folder and your remote folder will be the same. If you defined a remote folder in the Remote Info category in the Site Definition dialog box, and if an application server runs on the same system as the remote folder (including your local computer), accept the default settings in the Testing Server category.
The Testing Server settings pictured below are for a Dreamweaver site that uses ColdFusion MX Application Server and Microsoft IIS web server on a Windows XP machine.

For more information, Click the Help button in the Testing Server dialog box.
5 In the URL Prefix text box, enter the URL that users type in their browsers to open your website, but do not include any filename.
For example, suppose your application's URL is In this case, you would enter the following URL prefix:
If Dreamweaver runs on the same system as your web server, you can use the term localhost as a stand-in for your domain name. For example, suppose your website's URL is as follows:
You could then enter the following URL prefix:
For more information, see Dreamweaver Help (Help > Using Dreamweaver > Preparing to Build Dynamic Sites > Setting Up a Web Application > Defining a Dreamweaver Site > About the URL prefix).
6 Click OK, then click Done.
Dreamweaver adds the new site to your list of sites.

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