Thanks for your response. They helped to a point, but couldn't understand why so many of their other users were able to connect remotely and yet I couldn't. They checked all my settings and set up test pages that verified the database from their side, but still Dreamweaver didn't connect so I have had to concede and installed MAMP locally. Working so far and at least I am able to get on with the building and testing of the site. It will teach me to not rely on Dreamweaver so much. So thanks again.