How to Change the Root Folder in Dreamweaver

by Hough on July 1, 2012

If you want to move or rename your root folder in Dreamweaver go to Site > Manage sites. Select the site you want to change and click the “Edit the currently selected site” option.

Edit currently selected site

In the Site Setup window click on Site and edit the “Local Site Folder:” field by selecting the new folder that the site is located in.

A popup window will appear telling you that “The cache will now be recreated because the name, root folder, HTTP address, or cloaking settings of the site have been changed.” Click OK

Backing up and Restoring your Site Definition Data
It is a good idea to create a site definition file in case your site gets wiped or you need to transfer your site to a different computer. To do this you need to export and import the site definitions into Dreamweaver.

To backup your site definitions do the following:
1. In Dreamweaver, go to Site > Manage Sites
2. In the Manage Sites dialogue box Shift-click and select all the site names you want to create site definition files for.
3. Click “Export the currently selected sites”
Export currently selected site

4. Save the site definition files to a suitable location. This should be a flash drive or a harddrive. The site definition files should end with .ste

This process will back up your site data such as the location of the root folder and not the website itself. You should also backup your site files (HTML, .CSS etc)

5. To import go to Sites > Manage Sites and select the “Import Site” button and find your .ste site definition file for that site and click Open.
Import currently selected site

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