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1. Setting up WebDAV on Windows 2000 or Windows XP
2. Setting Up WebDAV on Mac OS X Using Finder
3. After installing XP SP2, WebDAV no longer works.
4. Setting up WebDAV on Windows 98
5. Setting Up WebDAV on Mac OS 9 using Goliath

 
WebDAV Description
WebDAV stands for "Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning". It is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers.

In simple terms, WebDAV allows you to work with your web files through the web server rather than using another protocol like ftp or ssh. Additionally, WebDAV provides a locking mechanism for files so groups of people can work together on the same set of files without bumping into each other. Unfortunately, not all WebDAV client applications support the locking.

WebDAV works well in some circumstances, but there are some caveats that should be known. All of the files and folders in a WebDAV enabled directory must be writeable by the user the web server is running as. In the DreamHost setup, that user is called 'dhapache'. If you enable a folder for WebDAV use, you will not be able to manage or edit the files it contains with any method other than WebDAV. Attempts to edit through ftp or the unix shell will fail. Additionally, our security setup on the shared hosting servers makes it so CGI scripts will not be able to execute from a WebDAV folder.

WebDAV clients are built into Mac OS X's Finder, as well as all versions of Windows since Windows 98. There are also WebDAV client applications for use in Mac OS 9. Many popular web editing tools such as Macromedia Dreamweaver and Adobe GoLive support WebDAV as well.

Last updated: Nov 05, 2004.

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Question After installing XP SP2, WebDAV no longer works.
After installing Service Pack 2 for Windows XP, you will no longer be able to connect to your account using WebDAV. DreamHost uses BasicAuth (basic authentication) to verify your username and pas... (more)
Question Setting Up WebDAV on Mac OS 9 using Goliath
Mac OS 9 does not natively support WebDAV folders, but there is a free client application that works very well. The application is called Goliath and it works in Mac OS X as well and supports some of... (more)
Question Setting Up WebDAV on Mac OS X Using Finder
From the Finder click Apple+K on the keyboard or use the menu item Go > Connect to Server. The Connect to Server window appears. In the Address: text box, type in the http url of your WebDAV-e... (more)
Question Setting up WebDAV on Windows 2000 or Windows XP
These instructions apply to Windows XP, but the process in Windows 2000 is similar. Open My Network Places from the Desktop. From your My Network Places folder, click 'Add a network plac... (more)
Question Setting up WebDAV on Windows 98
Double-click My Computer and then open Web Folders. Double-click Add a Web Folder. For location, input the http url of your WebDAV-enabled folder. When prompted for a User Name and Password,... (more)