How to Publish Your Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 Website - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

When you’re ready to publish your Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 website for the world to see, set up a remote server in your site definition so that you can connect and copy files to your web-hosting account or dedicated server.

Typical remote server information consists of an ID and a password, an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) or network address, and the name of the specific directory where your files need to go. This information is available from the company your hosting account was purchased from or from your network administrator.

To set up a remote connection, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Site→Manage Sites.

    The Manage Sites panel appears.

  2. Select your site from the list and click the Edit button, which appears as a pencil icon below the list.

  3. When the Site Setup dialog box appears, select the Servers category on the left.

    Here you can add connection information to a web server where you can store and publish your website.

    The term servers typically refers to a web-hosting account: space on a server purchased from a web-hosting provider. Your web-hosting account is essentially a folder on a remote computer, where you can store your files and point your users so they can view your site from any computer or device. There are tons of hosting providers (such as GoDaddy, FatCow, 1 and 1) from which you can purchase these services.

  4. Below the listing of servers (which is likely empty right now), click the Add new Server button.

    This step opens a dialog box where you can enter your connection information.

  5. Enter a name for your connection in the Server Name text box.

  6. From the Connect Using drop-down list, select the type of connection you’re going to create.

    In most cases this is FTP, but check with your IT Administrator if you’re unsure. If you’re connecting to a web-hosting account, FTP is the most common way in which you’ll connect.

  7. Enter your FTP address, Username, and Password in their respective text fields.

    This information is provided to you when you set up a web hosting account. If you are unsure of this information, contact your web hosting provider or IT Administrator.

  8. Enter your Root Directory in the appropriate text field.

    This is the name or location of the folder where your website files will be kept on the remote server. If you are unsure of this information, leave it blank.

  9. Enter your web URL in the text field shown.

    This is the actual web address where users will find your website (for example,


  10. Click the Test button to test your connection.

    If the connection is made successfully, Dreamweaver will let you know. If not, you may need to double-check the information you entered and try again.

    If you experience difficulty connecting to your remote server or the connection is taking unusually long, select the Use Passive FTP check box under the More Options section at the bottom. (You need to expand this by clicking the arrow next to More Options.) Passive FTP can also be a workaround if you’re trying to connect from behind a firewall.

  11. If your settings are correct, click Save to create the Server connection.

  12. Click Save again to exit the Site Setup dialog box.