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How to create a new website in Dreamweaver.

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Hey there, in this video we are going to create our Site Definition. We need to do this for every single brand new site we're going to make in Dreamweaver. It's super easy. You can see out over here, I've got a folder, and inside, it's got an Images folder. It's all we need to do. Let's go and do that now.

If you're following on from the last tutorial, we're just going to close down that thing we made. And we're going to set up our Site. You need to do this at the beginning of every new site. If you're a Web Designer and you've got 10 different clients, you're going to have to do this 10 different times. If you are working on your own website, and you've only got one of them, you'll just have to do this once.

So let's go up to 'Site', 'New Site'. Give your Site a name. I'm going to call ours 'Dan's Awesome Portfolio'. Where are we going to put it? The site name doesn't actually have any repercussions other than what you use in Dreamweaver to find all your files. And that's what I thought, forever. I thought there's no repercussions for this, you can call it anything you like. Now I'm coming back from the future. I'm Dan from Video22, you're Video4, and I've come back to tell you, "Don't put the apostrophe in." Because it worked fine the whole life, putting anything in here, I thought. But I don't think I've ever put an apostrophe in this little site name. I'm not sure if it's the site name that has the problem, or it's the folder name. One of them is the problem.

Now instead of going back and re-recording the 2 days’ worth of video which I've got with the apostrophe in here, I've just come back in time to say, "Don't do it, don't put it in." And then, for the next 22 videos you're going to see that apostrophe, and look at it, and go "Knock knock, Dan, don't put apostrophes in there." So stick away from any foreign keys like asterisks and ampersands, just have real uppers and lowers. And that will not cause any problem later on when we make a template. So carry on and do everything except put apostrophes in the local site folder, in the site name.

So back into your regular videos, and I hope I don't run into my past self. Nobody seen 'Back to the Future?' Hopefully you're not that young. Surely everybody's seen 'Back to the Future'. All right, enough, back into it. Local site folder, this is where, on your laptop, this is going to be kept. I'm going to put mine on my 'Desktop'. I'm going to put mine in a new folder here, and I'm going to call it 'Dan's Awesome Portfolio'. Awesome! Also, that physical name for the folder doesn't have any repercussions. Some things do obviously, but that doesn't, click 'Choose'.

The last thing we want to do in here, is go to 'Advanced Settings' and let's go to 'Default Images Folder'. Click on that little 'Browse'. You can see it's put it inside that new folder that I just made. Let's make a new folder in here, and call it lower case 'images'. This is something specific. Call it 'images' with a lowercase 'i', no spaces, let's click 'Create'. Click 'Choose'. What that does is just help ourselves later on when we're dragging in images from all over our computer, Dreamweaver knows where to put them. That's it, click 'Save'.

And that my friend is all we need to do. If you can't see it, let's switch to 'Files' along the top here. If you can't see 'Files', go to 'Window', 'Files'. You'll see, there's my little folder. And also, on my 'Desktop', there it is there, 'Dan's Awesome Portfolio'. And there's nothing in here, except for this one folder that has images, and there is nothing in it. But just so you know, you design your site locally on your own computer first, and when you're finished, you push it up to your host. Somebody like GoDaddy, or Bluehost. And they will serve it to their world.

All right, so that is it for setting up our site. You need to do that for every single site. You'll see on my one here, I've got lots of sites that I work on. If you've done it wrong, you can't go to 'Site', go to 'Manage Sites', and you'll see them in here, there's 'Dan's Awesome Portfolio'. Double click it, and you can get back to that same screen. All right, let's get into the next tutorial.