How to Make a Web Site
At Miami University
- Set up your Universal Disk Space so that it is web accessible:
- Open Dreamweaver.
- Click on "File" at top left.
- Click on "New" if you are making a new web page, "Open" if you are editing a web page.
- If "New," select "Basic" and then click "Create."
- If the site you have defined as your Universal Disk Space doesn't appear as one of your sites on the right-hand side of your screen under "Files" and "Site" after you open a page, or if you are creating your first web page and defining your site for the first time, click on "Site" at the top middle of the screen, and then "New Sites." Here versions of Dreamweaver differ. The important thing is to empty everything in "Local Root Folder" and then browse: go to My Computer, select your M Drive, then open "public.www"; click on select.
- NOTE: you may have to do this every time you work on your site if you work in a lab (I'm not sure).
- Type the title of your web page in the box at the top of the screen: that title will appear in the blue frame of any browser opening your web page, not in the page itself.
- Type something on the page, anything, and then save it immediately -- doing so will make all the URLs work as you add links and images. Save it as "index.html" or "index.htm" if it will be the main page in your Universal Disk Space. The URL for that particular web page will be:
(both will work)
- You can type in Dreamweaver, making different font sizes, type arrangements and appearances, tables, and links. You can insert images. You can also make frames.
- When you make additional pages for your web site, save them as very simple file names:
That will help you link to them later. Managing your links is crucial.
- A Web site is a bunch of linked pages in one server space. That's what you will be making.
- Click Here to learn about how your computer and your server space are connected.
- Click Here to learn about how to transfer files from your home computer to your server space, and vice versa.
- Site Management: to save yourself lots of grief later, make certain to define your sites any time you work in Dreamweaver. If you have a copy of Dreamweaver on your own computer, you will only have to do this once.