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CS4+ Website set-up

Setting up your website in Adobe Dreamweaver CS4+

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Setting up your website in Adobe Dreamweaver CS4+

website design with Dreamweaver CS4 & Fireworks CS4

Once you have sliced and exported images from your web page design using Fireworks CS4 you need to setup your site in Adobe Dreamweaver CS4+.

As part of our free CSS website design guide this tutorial now continues with the next step in creating the smart website shown on the left. Learn how to set-up your website in Dreamweaver - this is the first step in building your designed and exported website with Dreamweaver.

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Step 4: Setting up your website in Adobe Dreamweaver CS4+

So far you have completed the web design process up to slicing and exporting the website design using Adobe Fireworks CS4+. Once you have completed your website design, you need to setup your website in Adobe Dreamweaver CS4+ to start the website building process.

Please follow the below steps to setup your website in Adobe Dreamweaver CS4+:

  • In Adobe Dreamweaver CS4+, open the Manage Sites pop-up window by clicking Site (Site >> Manage Sites). The Site menu is shown below:
  • Site

    Manage Sites Settings: Adobe Fireworks CS4+ Screenshot

    Site

    Manage Sites Settings: Adobe Fireworks CS4+ Screenshot
  • In the Manage Sites dialog box, you can create, edit, duplicate, remove, export, and import Adobe Dreamweaver CS4+ site definitions. To define a new site, click the New button in the Manage Sites pop-up window and choose Site. The image below shows the Manage Sites dialog box:
  • Manage site

    Manage Sites Dialog Box Settings: Fireworks CS4+ Screenshot
  • Click the Advanced tab in your Site Definition for Layout window that pops up. Here you need to type your Site name and click on the folder icon in the right side of Local root folder to locate your local website directory (inside which you have the images folder to which you exported the image slices from Fireworks CS4+). The "Site Definition for Layout window" is shown below:
  • Site Definition for Layout

    Site Definition Settings: Adobe fireworks CS4+ Screenshot

    Site Definition for Layout

    Site Definition Settings: Adobe fireworks CS4+ Screenshot
  • After selecting the local root folder, click Ok. Now, All your Files will display in the Files Panel. The image below shows the Files panel in Dreamweaver CS4+:
  • Files

    Files panel Settings: Fireworks CS4+ Screenshot

Great! You have now completed the Adobe Dreamweaver CS4+ website set-up tutorial. The next step is to CSS and XHTML programming your website with Adobe Dreamweaver CS4+.

Back to: Slice and export website images || Continue to Step 4: CSS & XHTML programming to build your site


This free website design tutorial series teaches layout design with Adobe Fireworks CS5 and CSS/XHTML website conversion with Adobe Dreamweaver CS5. Learn CSS Web Design by following these simple steps:

Software Required

Compatible Versions of Dreamweaver for this Tutorial

Dreamweaver CS6 Dreamweaver CS4 | Dreamweaver CS5/CS6
Note: For uses of lower versions of Dreamweaver, screenshot images may differ. Please read the CS3 and below version of this web design tutorial series - How to make a Website. Recommended Version: Dreamweaver CS6
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