I just started using Coda and the local folder defaults to my home directory when I open the program. Is there a way to set the default local folder in Coda to my web development folder?
I don't think this is possible. The Panic folks have excellent support, there might be a hidden preference for this, but I didn't find anything.
Coda is built around Sites/Projects, and only those allow you to define a local directory.
As a workaround, you can create "Sites" that only specifiy the
Local Root. When you open one of these Sites after startup, the only thing that happens is that the local directory gets changed.