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Adobe Dreamweaver, formerly known as Macromedia Dreamweaver, is a software application developed to manage web files and edit it using a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) concept. Dreamweaver allows you to compose your website design from scratch then it can be easily uploaded to your host site using the same software.

Macromedia released the first Dreamweaver version on December of 1997. Seven more versions followed until 2007 when Adobe became the distributor of the software. The more popular versions are the Ultradev series, Dreamweaver MX and MX 2004. Macromedia released its last version (Dreamweaver 8.0) in September 13, 2005. After that, Adobe became the distributor and released Dreamweaver CS3 on April 16, 2007. A year later, Dreamweaver CS4 was unveiled to the public. CS4 is the latest version available in the market.

Dreamweaver is primarily used to build web pages. But as the use of internet grew, so did the features of the software. The latest versions (Dreamweaver CS3/CS4 are now equipped with a text editor. It allows inputting Arabic, Persian and even Hebrew text. These texts are Middle Eastern, thus, they are written from right to left.

Dreamweaver is basically an all-in-one package for making websites. Almost everything is provided. It’s perfect for starters who want to build their first website or webpage because as mentioned earlier, it is WYSIWYG software. You just put in everything – texts, images, and videos then the software will have the codes for you. How you would format your site’s design is what you will get when viewing it through a browser. To help you on making your first website or webpage on Dreamweaver CS4/CS3, here are some simple instructions.

  1. Before you start making your website on Dreamweaver, you would first need to decide on a layout. Try to get some ideas on what your layout is going to be by browsing through different websites. The basic layout would have 3 parts – header, body, footer.
  2. After deciding on your layout, plan carefully the colour and style that you would want to use. Being consistent with the style will insure your site will be as smooth as possible. Also, try having a colour combination that will not hurt the eyes and one that will go together with your theme.
  3. Out of your layout, make a template using Dreamweaver. Here you can now add navigation bars – usually these are found on the header, texts, images, side bars and basically anything you would want to add to make your site look savvy.
  4. When you have finished designing your website, make a copy first on your computer before publishing it to the internet.

Dreamweaver’s usage does not end when you have finished your site. Using this software, you can manage your site – edit and update pages. So if ever there are some things you want to change or add, click the ‘site’ option from the menu panel. Under it, choose Manage Site and the select New. Choose the folder where you saved your site’s design. The folder will contain all the files – texts, graphics, and more that are found in your website design. From here, you can edit your site. By uploading the files you edited your host, your website will then be changed to how you configured it.

Original Authors: Roz
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On:
20/05/2009


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