Website Synchronisation in Dreamweaver
Website Synchronisation is the process of keeping the local development site, a testing site and a remote production site in step.
This means all the files on all the computers are the same.
It is possible to edit files on the local computer, the testing server and the production server.
Synchonising Sites with Dreamweaver
A popular Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for website development is Dreamweaver.
Before you can synchronise a local site with test and remote servers, both test and remote sites must be created using Dreamweaver's Site Setup Procedure.
What follows assumes all sites have been setup correctly.
Hover your mouse over the other icons to see what they do but do not click.
Any number of selected files and folders can be transferred to the testing server- just select the ones you want to transfer and click the Put arrow.
The process for sending files to the remote production server is similar.
Dreamweaver maintains site synchronisation using several dwsync.xml files- do not try and delete or change them.
You can also Get files from the remote sever by selecting them on the remote sever and clicking the Get arrow ⇓
Take care, you may overwrite the files on your local computer, and lose any changes you have made.