Using Dreamweaver for FTP

Dreamweaver is used to create websites and in some instances, users of Dreamweaver will move their newly created pages or full websites to the server where their domain is hosted. Dreamweaver has its own integrated FTP service to help complete moving any content from your local machine to the destination server. To get started with setting up the FTP function in Dreamweaver look for Sites along the top pane of your program:

dreamweaver1After clicking Sites, a drop down list will appear. From here select New Site… and another box will display.


dreamweaver3To add the new FTP server, select Servers, then select the + symbol in the right pane of the screen just above Auto push on save. Another box will display requiring information boxes be filled in with the necessary corresponding details. 


Fill out each of the empty boxes. Do not fill  in the Root Directory box if the FTP user will have root access to the specified domain folder it was created for. Dreamweaver WILL NOT connect correctly if the Root Directory field is incorrect. If the FTP user will have full access to the domain folder there is no need to add any details to the Root Directory field. It is very important to type in the password and not copy and paste it! The password will remained saved if the Save box is checked. Dreamweaver will not test or connect successfully if the password is not typed in manually by the user when setting up the account. Once all the boxes are filled out hit the Test button to confirm the settings are correct and everything is working.


An error message will display if the details provided are incorrect or a confirmation message will show if all information entered is correct. Now that this part has been completed hit the Save button on the bottom right of your screen. This will show the entire list of FTP servers that have been added into Dreamweaver so far.


Again, hit the Save button to go back to the main screen. To test moving a file from your local computer to the server, on the far right pane of the screen in the top right corner there will be a drop down menu with Local view currently selected. Click on the arrow to the right of these words then Remote Server. This will automatically connect you via FTP to the server.


Once connected there will be a plug symbol to the left of the right pane (circled in red) and you should see a list of files and folders below in the Remote Server area.


Files can now be easily moved to and from the server without any troubles. In order to move the necessary file(s) or folder(s), make sure they are located in the right directory. Navigate to where the website directory is located on your local machine, right click the folder(s) or file(s), and click copy. Creating a copy does 2 things: 1. It will keep a backup of the folder(s)/file(s) on the local machine and 2. The folder(s)/file(s) will also be the same copy displayed on the server. To make the move perform the following:

  • Navigate to the newly created Dreamweaver FTP folder
  • This folder will be found under Libraries>>Documents using Windows Explorer or Start>>Documents if using the Start menu 
  • Double click on the Dreamweaver FTP folder to open it (this will be the folder named earlier)
  • Right click in the open white area and paste the copied material here
  • Navigate back to Dreamweaver and in the right pane make sure the correct folder is selected (the same folder named earlier)


  • Hit the Up arrow to put the folder on the server, select a file or files from the folder to upload to the server


  • To check if the folder/file(s) made it to the server, in the right pane where Local view is, select Remote server
  • Listed should either be the entire folder or just the file(s) selected previously


Always be sure to move full folders where they need to be. Be cautious when moving full domain folders to the server. Moving the full folder to the wrong location will not display any updated content or changes that have been made. This is a common mistake customers make when using Dreamweaver. Support is always available for more complex moving questions.

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