SOFTWARE SUNDAY – Web design software…


We spend a lot of time documenting projects, and putting up tutorials. We don’t want to spend a lot of time designing webpages and have found that Adobe Dreamweaver is our favored web design software.

It’s pretty popular and very powerful, so we suggest picking up a good tutorial book. Our favorite elements of DW is the split graphic/text view and the template system. We also like the site syncing system which makes it easy to upload changed files.

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  1. As someone who has had to work with DW sites created by others, DW is a horrible choice, in my opinion.

    The basic problem is that DW creates static pages and most DW users create their site by simply creating the first page and then producing 27,000 copies of the same file with only the central content being changed between each document.

    This is not a scalable solution. When you want to change the look of the site, you have to change each and every page individually. ick! Just say no.

    It is far better to write your site in a programming language suited to the task. At least you then get server side includes which can greatly simplify the site design. Taken a bit further, you can produce a content management system that allows any end-user to update/change site content without them having to be an HTML expert.

    Don’t get me wrong, DW has it’s place. It’s just that I’ve seen this play out too many times and I end up getting asked to fix the mess.

  2. @signal7 – this is was we use and we like it, it might not be suited for everyone’s needs, but for us as you can see it allows us to created which is pretty much the largest and most comprehensive set of tutorials for electronics online.

    as far as worrying about the look of a site, why wouldn’t you use css?

  3. @adafruit: because there are even fewer people who are experts at CSS as there are people who are experts at HTML 🙂

    There are beginners with a genuine drive to learn something and then there are lazy beginners who only want to do as little as possible to get something functional. My experience suggests that there are far more lazy beginners than there are those who will maximize the capabilities of the product – which is what leads to the scenarios I mentioned previously.

    I don’t mean to put down the fact that you use it and can do so successfully. No, far from it. I’ve just been on the receiving end of having to try and maintain the unmaintainable which started out with DW. Once I converted those sites to utilize more advanced features, it got much easier.

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