Use these settings to make an FTP connection to your account.
Dreamweaver FTP settings
Some ftp programs such as WS-FTP require settings such as -
Hostname: domain.com instead of ftp://domain.com omitting the ftp:// will allow access.
For other ftp programs, previously you may have used an ip address to ftp to your account, our network has undergone a complete change of ip block which may cause ftp not to login, using your domain instead will bring JOY!
If for any reason you cannot ftp to your account please ensure your using
ftp.yourdomain.com or ftp://yourdomain.com
To ftp to your account please use ftp://yourdomain.com/
When adding extra ftp accounts you may need to use
ftp://firstname.lastname@example.org or ftp://username.yourdomain.com
Macintosh information -
Original Macromedia technote -
FTP is the standard protocol for transferring files on the Web.
To transfer via FTP in Dreamweaver MX (DMX) or Dreamweaver 4 (DW4), users enter their remote location information in the Site Definition dialog box. Then in the Site panel or Site window, click Connect and then Put to upload selected files and/or folders. This transfers the selected files or folders to the specified directory at the remote location.
This TechNote addresses setting up Dreamweaver's FTP connection correctly in both DMX and DW4, and is one of several FTP TechNotes that can assist in setting up Dreamweaver's FTP connection and in troubleshooting FTP issues.
To define a site or troubleshoot a problem in Dreamweaver follow the steps in the appropriate section below:
Setting up Dreamweaver's FTP connection for the first time.
Possible Errors: Unable to connect to the server or transfer files or folders. 550 errors.
Setting up Dreamweaver Firewall and FTP Time Out preferences correctly.
Possible Errors: Unable to connect to the server or stay connected. 550 errors.
Setting the specific sever folder for your web pages.
Possible Errors: Unable to connect to a server, transfer files or folders, or upload files to the correct folder. Unable to connect or transfer files or folders after upgrading from earlier versions of Dreamweaver to a more recent version. Why settings in another FTP client may not work in Dreamweaver. 550 errors.
A site must be properly defined in Dreamweaver in order to transfer files. Most transfer problems can be solved by entering the correct settings into the Site Definition dialog box.
1 Choose Site > Edit Sites (DW4:Site > Define Sites).
2 Select the site.
3 Click Edit.
4 Dreamweaver MX provides a choice of methods titled Basic and Advanced: Basic
This method includes explanations of what kind of information belongs in the fields.
Click through the NEXT buttons on the bottom of the dialog boxes until you reach the screen titled Sharing Files.
Use this method if you are familiar with the FTP set-up process. These dialog boxes will be familiar to users of earlier versions of Dreamweaver.
Choose Remote Info from the Category field on the left.
Click on the tabs in the image below to see the Basic and Advanced dialog boxes for setting up the FTP connection.
The FTP Host, Host Directory, Login and Password information must be obtained from the system administrator for the company hosting your site.
No one else has access to this information. Enter the information exactly as your system administrator gives it to you.
The following definitions explain the purpose of the entries in the Site Definition dialog box:
In addition to the Site Definition dialog box, Dreamweaver provides the Preferences dialog box for entering FTP settings. Unlike site definitions, which must be set for each site, users do not need to change the default Site FTP Preferences in most cases. However, when troubleshooting, it is useful to try other settings.
To access the Preferences dialog box, choose Edit > Preferences > Site (Dreamweaver > Preferences > Site on Macintosh OSX).
The Category in the DW4 preferences is Site FTP.
The critical settings in the Site FTP Preferences dialog box are:
The host directory is the specific folder on the server where your web pages will reside. Depending on the server set-up, a host directory may or may not need to be specified.
Your ISP or system administrator will usually give you this information. While Remote information such as Login and Password are obtained from the server administrators and entered into the Site Definition dialog box exactly as given, Host Directory information must sometimes be entered differently than as provided by the ISP. Dreamweaver adheres quite strictly to the newest FTP standards. This explains why entering Host Directory as given may work in another client but not in Dreamweaver. It also explains why it is sometimes necessary to change the way you enter the Host Directory when upgrading from earlier versions of Dreamweaver.
If you can connect without a Host Directory specified:
It is usually best to put in the host directory after you have successfully connected to your remote server. Once connected, a list of folders will usually be displayed on the Remote Site. If no folders are showing when connected, most likely you are in the web root and can put directly to this folder. If folders are listed when connected, look for a folder such as:
These are usually the folders where the actual web pages are stored. Go back to the Site Definition and enter the folder name into the host directory.
If you cannot connect with a Host Directory specified:
Try the following approaches to entering Host Directory information when troubleshooting:
The approach that will work depends on the server's setup. Try all four.
Another good method of troubleshooting Host Directory issues is to try to drag and drop a file instead of using Put or synchronizing.
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