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Creating a Local Site

To create a local site within Dreamweaver, use the New Site command under the Site menu. Properties for a local site definition are shown in Table 3.1:

Table 3.1 Settings of a Local Site



Site Name

This attribute should be set to a unique value that is meaningful to your Web site. It does not appear in the browser and is used only for your reference.

Local Root Folder

Specify the folder on your hard disk in which site files, templates, and library items will be stored. If the local root folder does not yet exist, you can create it using the file-browsing dialog box.

Refresh Local File List Automatically

This option indicates whether to automatically refresh the local file list every time you copy files into your local site. Deselecting this option results in better performance when files are added. However, you will then have to manually refresh the Site window.

HTTP Address

This attribute value contains the URL that your completed Web site will use so that Dreamweaver can verify links within the site that use absolute URLs.


Indicate whether to create a local cache to improve the speed of link- and site-management tasks. If you do not select this option, Dreamweaver will ask you if you want to create a cache again before it creates the site. It is a good idea to select this option because the Assets panel works only if a cache is created.


Root-relative links are links to files and resources that are relative to the root directory of your Web site. If you use root-relative links in your documents, Dreamweaver will use the Local Root Folder setting to do so.

Refer to Chapter 15, "Site Assets" for more information on the Assets panel.

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