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Old Jun 26, 2009, 07:38 PM   #1
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Insert Image from URL in Dreamweaver CS4?

I am trying to insert an image that I have uploaded on my server in Dreamweaver CS4 on my MBP. The problem is, when I try to insert the image, there is nowhere to paste the URL, it only asks for the URl relative to: Document or Site Root. On my work PC, I know there is an area to insert the web URL, but I do not see it here. Can anyone help? I'd rather not have to type in the ahref code if I don't have to.


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Old Jun 29, 2009, 12:56 PM   #2
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If you uploaded it to your server (as you said), you don't use the URL (i.e. http://www.yourdomain.com/imagename.ext) - you should save it in any folder within or at your document root and insert it as instructed here.

If you meant an image from a remote server, that's the ONLY situation you need the URL, and if true:

Through the GUI insert->image I don't recall there is a way. I am pretty sure you'll need to insert any image from your hard disk then in design view click on the image (assuming "Commands -> Display External Files is checked) and then in the properties panel at the bottom in the SRC box delete the value there and replace it with the full URL. Do not paste it, type it in manually.


What you're doing is called hotlinking and it is frowned upon greatly in the development world. You're using someone else's bandwidth to display the image, not to mention they can block you from hotlinking and/or if they change the image you have no control over it.

So what you should be doing is, assuming the image is not copyright or you have permission from the remote site, right click/save as and save the image to your disk's document root or maybe in an images folder inside that then insert via the GUI. In production, it'll load much faster plus you have full control over the image.

No need to reply with "They said it's ok for me to use the image" - this is informational only, not a law or something!

Jim Goldbloom
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