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Can't get dreamweaver to work with my local testing server.

Thread began 10/27/2009 10:10 pm by micja | Last modified 11/03/2009 6:53 pm by micja | 17487 views | 20 replies


Can't get dreamweaver to work with my local testing server.

I am trying to get things to work with an existing site which needs to integrate a shopping cart. I decide to purchase Powerstore, and to subscribe to WA. I followed the set up instructions for a database, and that works great. I followed the set up for a local testing server, downloaded PHP and installed it, configured it to work with IIS7 by following a video instruction provided by a WA community member or technician. Seemed to work great, ran the test at the end and it said it connected fine.

Opened Dreamweaver hoping to be able to preview my work on the new local test server and just kept getting error messages such as "cannot save file/store/TMP49aq7s7bi7.php on the testing server, would you like to change the location of the testing server?" Right now I have it set up this way: Server Model: PHP MySQL Access: Local/Network Testing server folder C:\inetpub\wwwroot\ I don't have anything now in the URL prefix...I am assuming that would only have something if I was using an online testing service.

After trying a bunch of fixes from several sources, I decided I couldn't spend any more time setting up the testing server, and asked in the PowerStore forum if I NEEDED a local testing server to make the program run, and was told "not really" and that it would work (albeit not as efficiently) to simply upload my files to my remote server and see how the changes worked or didn't work on live pages...

BUT...I need to make modifications to things like my drop down menues and other things that were created for powerstore using extensions like CSS Menu Writer and other programs. I was told by a tech that subscribing to WA and using an extension like Menu Writer would simplify these modifications.

Great. I subscribed. Downloaded. Installed the extensions. Followed the instructions on deleting the wincache file. Clicked on the menu, see the CSS Menu Writer icon in the properties field...felt this rush of anticipation that SOMETHING might actually work without issues...clicked "edit menu", Dreamweaver gets locked into an error code pop up that says "The database connection(s) required for this content preset do not exist in this site. Please create the following connections to use this preset: Connection: localhost [long dashed line followed by:] Table: productcategories Columns: CategoryName, CategoryID"

You can try clicking "OK" a million times only to get the pop up a million times. You are locked in. The only way out is to go to task manager and end the program. Which I do.

I tried again to get the local testing server to work, thinking this might be the problem and now no matter what page I open in Dreamweaver, I now get the pop up message "Access to C:\inetpub\wwwroot\temp.html was denied." I can close the pop up temporarily by clicking OK, but it comes up with every action I take...

Here is some basic info:
I am using a pc running Vista 32 bit with service pack 2
Dreamweaver CS4
WA CSS Menu Writer 2

Here is the tricky part. I am working on an existing site. So I have the site (web) root folder with all the existing pages, images etc. Then within that root folder, I installed (after asking a tech if this was the best way to do it) Powerstore in the root folder under a subfolder named "Store". So on a local, external hard drive I have as follows: I:\existingsite\store\ but my testing server is in C:\inetpub\wwwroot

IF the problem is being caused by where I have the powerstore files, if they all need to be directly under the site root folder, can I move them one by one to the root folder? Or do I need to dump all the (massive) work I have done so far and start from scratch and reinstall powerstore in the root folder?

I have a feeling this whole process would have been much simpler if I hadn't needed to set it up to work within an existing site.

And if anyone has any ideas why my testing server doesn't work, I would throw in my first born child. She is 26 and a hard worker.


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