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Ok, ok, I know that this question may seem simple to most of you.  I just downloaded the free trial of Dreamweaver 4.0.  I created a website using a completely different program that has been up and running for a year or so.  Now, I want to make major design changes to the website, but cannot figure out how to download it from the web in Dreamweaver.  Help!  Also, how do I upload it back to the web?  Thank you.
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I believe you first need to set up a working directory on your local computer. Also, you need to have a Personal Web Server running on your local PC. (I've done this a couple of ways - either with a folder in my inetpub that functions as my "local" folder, or two folders -- one in inetpub and another working directory)

In your inetpub directory on your local machine, create a folder for your website.  

Then collect the site information from the website, the FTP address, root folder name, permission name and password.

When you open Dreamweaver (and by the way, the free trial will expire, and you won't be able to reinstall it)

Select from the menu: Site, New Site.
In the Local Information enter a Working Site Name: "Upload to Site", the path to your LOCAL directory, the HTTP address should be the localhost address (i.e. http://localhost/thisfolder/default.htm)
Enable cache (or disable)

In the REMOTE Info select the method of connection: (FTP)
the FTP host:  FTP.thissitename.com
The FTP folder: ftpfolder/
Your login name
Your login password

Save your new site, close the new site box.

This should bring you back to the default site directory screen.  Use the SITE drop down menu to select your new site.

You should see your local folder on the right, and nothing on the left because you haven't connected to the server.

Connect to your ISP by whatever method you use to connect.  

Next to the SITE field, there is a connection button - click on it to establish a connection to your FTP site.

If it connects, then you should see the complete site list in the left screen.

Now, you need to download the entire site into your local folder, so select from the Menu Items:  SITE>>SYNCHRONIZE

Which will bring up a dialog box.

Select from the Synchronize: "Entire __ site"
Select from direction: "get newer files from remote"
Leave the delete box unchecked.

and then select "OK"

That should copy all the files to your local directory and synchronize your local folders with those on the server.

I usually don't work in the inetpub directory when making changes which is why I have a second "work" folder to test changes made to my site before I push them to my inetpub folder and then up to the webserver.


To upload it back to the web, connect to your ISP, make sure the "Upload to Site" is selected in Dreamweaver, so your local files are on the right and the remote files will appear on the left. Click on the "connect" button to establish a connection.

Once connected, you can select individual files from your local site,and then select "SITE>>SYNCHRONIZE" like you did before.  When the Synchronize files dialog box appears you can select "local selected files" or "entire site"
and in the direction field select "put newer files to remote"

If you have delete permission and want to delete remote files that are not also in your local folder, select the "delete files" option.

Before Dreamweaver sychronizes, it displays a full list of all site files to be modified, and you can select or deselect files as you see fit.

I would recommend doing this with a couple of non-essential pages in a work directory first.

Hope this helps.

Marilyng
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