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Simplified Site Setup in Dreamweaver CS5


Site setup in Dreamweaver CS5 is simple, quick and efficient. Learn how easy it is to set up a local Dreamweaver site by using the Site Setup dialog box so you can get started right away.


To create a new site in Dreamweaver:

  1. Go to the Site menu.
  2. Select New Site, and the Site Setup menu will appear.

Site Setup Menu Categories


In this category, users can create a new site by defining the site name and the the local site folder (the file path to the document root on the local machine).

The Server Version Control and Advanced Settings listed below can be toggled at a later time. For simple site creation, users can click the Save button after completing the fields in Site category.


This category assists users in setting up connections to various and remote servers for purposes such as FTP.

For Dreamweaver specific information on how to establish an FTP connection, please reference our related article and tutorial video:

Version Control

This category permits the utilization of CS5's ability to connect to a server called SVN. This is a version control system that allows users to edit and manage files on a remote web server in a collaborative manner.

Note: The server to be used for version control would be a server completely different than the remote server used for FTP uses.

Advanced Settings

  • Local Information allows users to enable caching and set links to be relative to the document or site.
  • Cloaking permits users to dictate what sort of file extensions can or cannot be uploaded, copied or transferred via FTP. It also allows the user to choose if files will be uploaded to a remote server.
  • Design Notes allows users to to add, edit and share extra information associated with a file.
  • File View Columns permits users to edit how file view appears in the the Files panel.
  • Contribute permits users to utilize the Contribute tool, which allows users to designate end-users who do not need to learn/use Dreamweaver to make edits to pages and sites.
  • Templates allows users to configure CS5 so that relative document paths have the ability to avoid being overwritten.
  • Spry allows users to dictate where the assets folder will be stored.

Dreamweaver is a popular Adobe program for creating websites and applications.  It supports HTML5, CSS3, PHP, FTP, jQuery and more; and it works with HostGator web hosting.

You can learn more about Dreamweaver by visiting Adobe's website or the video learning portal, Adobe TV.  The video in this article is courtesy of Adobe TV.