Import and export Dreamweaver site settings

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Reuse your Dreamweaver site settings across devices and product versions by exporting and importing them as XML files.

When you define a site, Dreamweaver stores that site's information in its files.

You can export your site settings as an XML file that you can later import into Dreamweaver. Migrating site settings in this way transfers valuable site information to other machines and product versions. You can also share site settings with other users, and back up site settings.

Note:

The import/export feature does not import or export site files. It only imports/exports site settings to save you the time of recreating sites in Dreamweaver. For information on creating a new site in Dreamweaver, see Set up a local version of your site.

Scenarios where you want to import or export site settings

  • Export your site settings regularly so that you have a backup copy if anything happens to the site.
  • If you have set up a site, and then are working with several other people, then you can export and then import site settings on the different computers.

Export your site settings

  1. Select Site > Manage sites.

  2.  Select one or more sites whose settings you want to export and click the Export icon.

    • To select more than one site, Control‑click (Windows) or Command-click (Macintosh) each site.
    • To select a range of sites, Shift-click the first and last site in the range.
  3. If you have created remote server connections with user name and password information, then Dreamweaver prompts you asking if you want to back up site settings for yourself, or if you want to share settings with others.

    If you want to back up your site settings for yourself, select Back up my settings and click OK.

    Dreamweaver saves remote server login information, such as the user name and password, as well as local path information.

    If you want to share your settings with other users, select Share settings with other users and click OK. Dreamweaver does not save information that would not work for other users, such as your remote server login information and local paths.

    Options to export site settings
    Options to export site settings

  4. For each site whose settings you want to export, browse to a location where you want to save the site file and click Save. (Dreamweaver saves each site’s settings as an XML file, with an .ste file extension.)
  5. Click Done.

    Note:

    Save the *.ste file to your site root folder or to your desktop to make it easy to find. If you cannot remember where you put it, do a file search on your computer for files with the *.ste extension to locate it.

Import site settings

  1. Select Site > Manage sites.

  2. Click Import Site.

  3. Browse to and select one or more sites—defined in files with an .ste file extension—whose settings you want to import.

    To select more than one site, Control‑click (Windows) or Command-click (Macintosh) each .ste file. To select a range of sites, Shift-click the first and last file in the range.

  4. Click Open and then click Done.

    After Dreamweaver imports the site settings, the site names appear in the Manage Sites dialog box.

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