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Dreamweaver 8 suddenly "denies access" to index.htm, though all other pages still work...help!

Community Beginner ,
Jul 27, 2022 Jul 27, 2022

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I'm using Dreamweaver 8 on Windows 10 and all of a sudden, I cannot edit, save, overwrite nor replace my home page, "index.htm," although every other page works fine.  DW says "internal data error in DW, try again" (of course, try try again, re-start, etc. didn't work).  Two separate installations of DW 8 accessing the same local and remote files have the same problem. Spent 2 hours troubleshooting with web host tech; ruled out server interaction issues and they said it must be a DW problem.  I did a Save as with test name using FileZilla, downloaded to DW, navigated in web browser very successfully, deleted local index.htm and tried to re-name test page as index.htm and again, get "Access denied, don't have permission, etc.."   So something is wrong with DW and "index.htm" after many years of no problem. It just doesn't make sense because no other pages have the problem, only index.htm.  Can anyone help?? 

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Community Beginner , Jul 27, 2022 Jul 27, 2022

Ben - did you magically fix this remotely? 🙂   All of a sudden it's working again.  

Earlier I deleted index.htm on my local, tried to overwrite it with a working version I'd copied from the server under a different name, but DW wouldn't allow me to save it locally as index.htm; got same "access denied" error.  Now, I just went back into DW, refreshed the file display, tried again for the heck of it to "Get" index.htm from the remote site and voila, it downloaded correctly with no error, I made

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Jul 27, 2022 Jul 27, 2022

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If it only happens with one file, that's not a software bug.   That's a code failure.  Either the code contains critical errors or the file itself has been corrupted in some way. 

 

OPTION 1:  Validate code & fix reported errors.  Use the online services below.

HTML https://validator.w3.org/

CSS https://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/

 

OPTION 2: Create a new index page based on a working page.

 

That said, Macromedia DW 8 is not fit for use in 2022.  Web devices have changed too much in 17 years. Ditch DW8 and get a modern code editor.

 

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CODE EDITORS:
-- Adobe Dreamweaver CC - https://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver.html
-- Codespaces (free, browser-based) - https://github.com/features/codespaces
-- Nova (Mac only, formerly called Coda) - https://nova.app/
-- Pinegrow - https://pinegrow.com/
-- Sublime Text - http://www.sublimetext.com/
-- Visual Studio Code (free) - https://code.visualstudio.com/
-- Wappler ~ Visual Web App Builder - https://wappler.io/

Hope that helps.

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Thank you, Nancy - I will try the code validator and see what happens.  

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Jul 27, 2022 Jul 27, 2022

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Please supply the link to the online site so that we can have a look at what is going on.

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Hi, Ben -  here you go:

www.hudsonviewrealty.com 

Thanks!

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Have you tried moving this script inside the <head> tag?

<!-- Global site tag (gtag.js) - Google Analytics -->
<script async src="https://www.googletagmanager.com/gtag/js?id=UA-142413604-1"></script>
<script>
  window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || [];
  function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);}
  gtag('js', new Date());

  gtag('config', 'UA-142413604-1');
</script>

Better still, remove it altogether. You are only helping Google to accumulate more wealth by using private data from unsuspecting users of your site. 

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Ben - did you magically fix this remotely? 🙂   All of a sudden it's working again.  

Earlier I deleted index.htm on my local, tried to overwrite it with a working version I'd copied from the server under a different name, but DW wouldn't allow me to save it locally as index.htm; got same "access denied" error.  Now, I just went back into DW, refreshed the file display, tried again for the heck of it to "Get" index.htm from the remote site and voila, it downloaded correctly with no error, I made a small edit, uploaded successfully.

So, what gremlin out there toyed with 2.5 hours of my life this morning?  Thank you, Ben and Nancy for your kind responses; I will take your comments into consideration.  And if anyone can guess what on earth might have caused this seeming sabotage so I can prevent it in the future, please let me know!  Best, Paula 

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Holy trainwreck, Batman!  

  • MS office junk.
  • Table-based.
  • Not mobile/tablet-friendly.
  • 1000+ code errors after which the validater gave up!  

It's small wonder that DW is choking on it.

 

I think the only thing left to do is discard & rebuild.  Maybe consider using WordPress with MLS plugins. 

https://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/best-wordpress-real-estate-plugins-compared/

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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