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I have a Dreamweaver website under construction at home.   Adobe Tutorial seems to be saying if I type in the web address I should be able to view my website on different devices.  The website is not on a public server, im working from home.  And I do have home ATT WiFi.  But typing the address does not pull up the site.  Do i need to do something special to my home WiFi to access this web address?
BTW who put the freaky face on my emoji?

 

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Viewing my Developing Website on multiple devices.

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I have a Dreamweaver website under construction at home.   Adobe Tutorial seems to be saying if I type in the web address I should be able to view my website on different devices.  The website is not on a public server, im working from home.  And I do have home ATT WiFi.  But typing the address does not pull up the site.  Do i need to do something special to my home WiFi to access this web address?
BTW who put the freaky face on my emoji?

 

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Works Great, Thanks

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Real-Time  &  Device Preview  are typically launched with the Real-Time Preview icon.  The  QR code is for mobile devices to read, no typing needed.   See help article below.

https://helpx.adobe.com/dreamweaver/using/device-preview.html

 

For troubleshooting, please refer to this other article.

https://helpx.adobe.com/dreamweaver/using/device-preview-troubleshooting.html

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
Alt-Web.com

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If you have a testing server set up, you don't have to go through Adobe to get a QR to attach to your site through their servers.

You can just use your machine's local ip, followed by the root folder of your site, and you'll be able to connect to it from any device on the same network, no scanning codes or Adobe involvement necessary.

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Just to be clear this s what you mean

Example: "192.168.1.70\C:\Users\George\Documents\DreamWeaver for Charles\ResponsiveDesignFinished2\Complete"
This fails even when I use it on gthe same machine I am working on

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"http://127.0.0.1:52073/prevew/app/index.html"

This is the address my computer shows when I preview it on my machine, but if I paste this into another pc it fails
 I deliberately change some characters but the formis correct

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Not exactly, no. Sorry, I sort of assumed you would be placing your sites within your server's htdocs folder. That's the easiest way to work with a local testing server from my experience...

You will need the IP address given to your machine by your router 

Once you have that, you need to make sure all of your sites are in your server's htdocs folder (for XAMPP anyway)

From there, you right click the server .exe icon (or alias on your desktop) and run the server as Administrator
Then, use your machine's local network IP, followed by the site root folder name. With the example you give, after it's moved into the htdocs folder, the URL would end up along the lines of... 

192.167.1.70/Complete
192.167.1.70/YourOtherSite
or
192.167.1.70/A3rdSite

...from any device on your local network.

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Makes sense but to be clear, what is "your server's htdocs folder"?

 

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If you are running a local testing server, like XAMPP, there will be a folder called htdocs.

That folder is basically the testing server's "websites go here" folder. Everything you want to make available to other devices on your network would go inside that folder first.

It's pretty easy to set one up, and if you use any kind of server-side scripting, like .PHP, it's best to test locally before updating your remote site. The info on this page is a little older, but still accurate: https://www.adobe.com/devnet/archive/dreamweaver/articles/setup_testing_server.html

 

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Isnt this the same thing Adobe Muse uses.  I seem  to recall it was using a local server?

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I doubt it.

I never used Muse, but I'm pretty sure it didn't install a testing server on your machine. That would have been massive overkill for the sites produced by that program.

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"Isn't this the same thing Adobe Muse uses. I seem to recall it was using a local server?"

No.  If you used Muse, you probably uploaded files to Business Catalyst servers.   That's not the same thing at all.  

 

"http://127.0.0.1:52073/prevew/app/index.html"

That's a temporary virtual address from  Real-Time Preview.  You can't copy & reuse that address because it's not real. 

 

You don't NEED a local testing server to work with DW.  But it's helpful for some things. I have WAMP server installed on my computer hard drive.  And my site folder resides in the default web folder -- www.   See screenshot.

Site > Manage SitesSite > Manage Sites

 

When I preview in browser, the address points to my local testing server on the localhost.

http://localhost/site_name/filename.php

 

When you start creating dynamic websites, you will need a local testing server.  In the meantime, you don't need one for static sites.  But as Jon said, having one set-up gives you an alternative to Device Preview which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.

 

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
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