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How to set up SFTP for Dreamweaver


Dreamweaver is a common web site design and editing application. It is part of the Adobe Creative Suite. This guide will step you through the process of configuring Dreamweaver to work with web site files stored in your UO account.



1. After opening Dreamweaver CS4, click on Site on the main menu and select New Site...


2. The Site Definition window will appear. Begin by filling out the site name (this is for your reference) and the address to the site. In this case, it will be (be sure to replace the 'username' with your DuckID username). Click Next.

3. On this screen, answer No, I do not want to use a server technology. Click Next.

4. Most users will want to select Edit local copies on my machine... and then specify a local folder to store their files. This folder should contain the files you want to upload to the UO webspace. Click Next.

5. This screen goes over server setup information.


  • Select FTP for the remote server connection 
  • The FTP hostname is:
  • If you've created a 'public_html' folder, you can specify this here. If you haven't, you can leave this field blank and create the folder once connected.
  • Type your DuckID username into the FTP login field.

  • Enter your password in the FTP password field.

  • Check the Use Secure FTP (SFTP) box. 
  • Click Test Connection. If the returned message state it was able to connect successfully, you're property setup.
  • Click Next. 


6. Select No, do not enable check in and check out. Click Next.

7. Click Done.

8. Back on the Dreamweaver main screen, look for the Files tab in the lower-right hand area of the program. This is how you connect and transfer files to your webspace. Click on the Expand icon to display both local and remote folders. This is the easiest way to manage files in both areas.

9. Click on the Connect to remote host button to view your webspace contents. It will appear as a series of items on the left column.

10. Once connected, you can drag-and-drop files from the local side to the remote side to put them on the server.

If you do not have a 'public_html' folder, make one by right-clicking on the base folder (typically named 'homeX/username/) and selecting New Folder. Files must be placed in the 'public_html' folder to be displayed online.

11. Once you have placed files inside your 'public_html' folder you can view them online at

12. To disconnect, click the same icon that was used to connect. Follow the same procedure to un-expand the site window.