Maintaining Trinity websites

Dreamweaver Setup - Configuring Dreamweaver & Defining a site.


What is this page about

This page gives information and instructions to configure Dreamweaver (define a site) in order to publish to the Trinity webserver.


Who will find this information useful.

Staff and postgraduates with webauthor accounts, and associated editing permissions.




Before you begin

  1. Identify the version of Dreamweaver you are using, as the steps to define a site vary slightly between versions.
    If you do not know the version you are using, there are instructions to assist you to identify this on the frequently asked questions page.

  2. Identify the exact website address (URL) of the website you wish to edit, you will need to be mindful of the case and spelling of the URL.

Click on the grey box to expand each section for more information.

Creative Cloud Subscription - Update

Please note that going forward, Adobe Creative Cloud customers will only have direct download access (from the Creative Cloud Desktop app and to the two most recent major versions of Creative Cloud desktop applications.*

Recent major versions;

  • CC 2018 (19.0.0)
  • CC 2019 (20.0.0)

*Exception: Only the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat is available for download.

Setting up Dreamweaver Creative Cloud (2017 & earlier versions)

Click here for further details

Setting up Dreamweaver Creative Cloud (2019)

If you are using Dreamweaver CC for the first time then you may need to amend your preferences to create a workspace.
The following section gives you details necessary to set up Creative Cloud with the necessary tools and areas to edit your website.

Defining a Site in Dreamweaver Creative Cloud (CC2019)

To define a site in Dreamweaver:

  • First minimise or close Dreamweaver and on your computer, create a new folder on your PC that will hold your website data.
    This folder can be referred to as the 'local' folder.
  • In Dreamweaver, click Site menu, then select New Site.

Define site 1

  • Click Site on the left.

Define site 2

  • Type the Site Name of the new site. Try to make the name descriptive to avoid confusion with other sites you might work on.
  • Click on the folder icon next to the Local Site Folder path field, then browse to the folder you created in Step 1.
    The Local Site Folder is where the web pages or images will be saved on your computer so you may edit them.
  • Click Servers on the left and click the + sign towards the bottom left.

Define site 3

  • In Server Name field, type, or if working with the TCD Life server type
  • In Connect using dialogue box, select SFTP.
  • In SFTP Address field, type, or if working with the TCD Life server type
  • In Username field, type your Trinity username.
  • In Password field, type your webauthor password.
  • Root Directory is the location of the folder you will publish to on the web server. All entries here start with / if working on the Trinity web server.
    The entry usually matches the URL of the site you are working with e.g. / If working on the TCD Life server each entry would start with / If you are not sure what to enter here please contact the IT Service Desk.

Define site 4

  • Click the Test button in the centre to test that the settings are correct.
    If you receive an error, then it is usually because either the Password or Root Directory are incorrect.
  • Click Save when finished
  • Ensure that the Remote option is selected and the Testing option is not selected.. Click Save.

You have now defined your site and can download a copy to your pc to begin viewing and editing web files.

To download a copy of your site:

.On the right, below the Files tab, select the name of site you defined

  • Click the Down-pointing Arrow to copy the site files and folders from the server to your computerDownload 1
  • Click OK when asked if you wish to get the entire site
  • Click No when asked if you wish to get dependent files



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