Dreamweaver Test Servers
Many of the features in Dreamweaver CS5 that we rely on in this class, such as Live View, require a properly set up test server. Several students seem to have recurring problems with their test server setup, so this post is intended to help. It really is quite simple and should NOT need to be changed once it is set up correctly.
Most problems are in Root Directory or Web URL. They are in fact references to the same location, Root Directory tells Dreamweaver where the homepage of your site resides on the file system of the FTP login user. Web URL points to the same folder from an internet address. You can’t see it in this screen shot, but the value is http://student.santarosa.edu/~jperetz/advdw/. The SRJC server setup automatically maps the home directory of your FTP login account to a web address on student.santarosa.edu followed by a tilde and your user name.
One last thing to check, is that Testing Server is checked on the server object. This is what enables the Dreamweaver site to use the server features such as Live View.
Please post a comment here if you are still confused about or having problems with the Test Server setup in Dreamweaver.