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Dreamweaver and server setup

Server overview

Server name Location Information
Development \\\wwwsites\dev-extension The development server is where you should do all of your web development. It is not viewable by the public.
Production No direct access This is where the Development server publishes its files.

Requesting access to servers from IT

Please submit a help ticket by emailing or by calling 612-624-6700.

Request that you be given access to create pages on the Extension Development Web Server (\\\wwwsites\dev-extension).

Setting up Dreamweaver

Development server

  1. Create a folder called extension-dev on your computer (in a location you will remember).

  2. In Dreamweaver, go to Site > Manage Sites. Click on the New Site button.

  3. Assign Extension Dev as the Site Name. Then, browse to the extension-dev folder you created earlier and select it.

  4. Click Servers on the left column. Then click the plus icon to add a new server.

  5. Enter the information below:

    Site Name: Extension Dev
    Connect using: Local/Network
    Server folder: \\\wwwsites\dev-extension (You can also browse to it to ensure you are connected.)
    Web URL:

  6. Click the Advanced tab and enable Check-in/Check-out.

    Make sure the check-boxes are checked the same as in the image below. Fill in the Check-out Name and Email Address.

    Click Save and then Save again and then Done. You're ready to start working with files!

Turn off Get/Put Dependent files

  1. Go to File > Preferences > Site

  2. Check Prompt on get/check out and Prompt on put/check in.

  3. Click OK

  4. Check out any file from your remote site.

  5. You'll be prompted with the following:

  6. Click Don't show me this message again and click No.

  7. Check the file back in. You'll be prompted with a similar message. Check the Don't show me this message again and click No.

  8. You're all set!

Publishing to the live server

  1. Either in Windows Explorer or Dreamweaver (Remote Server view), right-click on the Publish.txt file and choose "Copy"
  2. Paste the file into the home folder of the site you made the update to (e.g., /food/food-safety/ or /garden/master-gardener).

  3. It may take a few minutes for the live page to update.

Excluding files from the publish job

If you have files or folders that you don't want to go live place an underscore (_) at the beginning of the file/folder name.


The above example will publish everything but the _new-section/ folder. This works well for developing new content.

When doing major work on a file or folder that already exists it's best to make a copy. Like the example below.


If you didn't make a copy like _index-02.html, and simple added an underscore to the existing index.html, it would remove the file from the live server the next time you published.

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