How to Use Dreamweaver

Dreamweaver is a software made by Macromedia that is commonly used in areas of design and development.

When working with Macromedia Dreamweaver for the first time, or on a new site for the first time, you need to define the Web site so that Dreamweaver can work with it.

This tutorial will take you through the basic process of getting started with Dreamweaver. To start editing with Dreamweaver follow the resource links given below.

You will need

  • To run Dreamweaver on a Windows platform, you will need a computer with the following specifications:
  • 1GHZ or faster processor
  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or higher
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 1GB of available hard disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation.
  • 1,280×800 display with 16-bit video card
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • Broadband Internet connection

For Macintosh computers you will need the same as above with the following exceptions where they apply:

  • PowerPC G5 or multicore Intel processor
  • Mac OS X version 10.4.11 or 10.5.4
  • 1.8GB of available hard disk space for installation


  1. Go to Site menu > New Site. Dreamweaver will walk you through the steps of creating a new Web site in the site definition wizard. Ensure the Basic tab is displayed.
  2. Name your site and click Next. This name is for you to remember what Web site it is.
  3. Check the option “No, I do not want to use a server technology” then click Next. Dreamweaver supports many different technologies beyond straight HTML, but for this guide, we’ll be creating a basic Web site with no special technologies.
  4. Check the option “Edit local copies on my machine, then upload to server when ready.”
  5. Decide where you want to store your local files and then click, Next.
  6. Change the “How do you connect to your remote server?” drop-down to “FTP.” FTP is the most common way that people connect to Web servers, but Dreamweaver offers several other options.
  7. Fill in the hostname, folder, and login name. For security, leave the “save” check box unchecked next to the password. It is recommended that you run the “Test Connection” option as well, to ensure that Dreamweaver can connect. If the connection works, click Next.
  8. Check the option “No, do not enable check in and check out” and then click Next. Dreamweaver provides an option to protect against overwriting by a team of developers. Unless you know your site will be edited by several persons, you can leave this option checked.
  9. Review the options; If they are correct, click Done. In the files tab of the resource pane, you will see a folder with the same name as your site. This is the local view of your Web site. If you do not see it, go to Site menu > Site Files.

Connecting to your site

  1. On the Site Files tab in the Resource bar, click on the icon with the three circles in a triangle shape.
  2. Fill in your FTP login password.