Dreamweaver is Adobe's software product for developing and managing websites on both the MAC and Windows operating systems. It is a WYSIWIG ("What You See Is What You Get") application that enables non-HTML coders to easily create web pages and sites across web platforms. Dreamweaver is a user-friendly tool that enables even novices to create web content. Its application displays multiple windows and panes, which can be customized.
Creating Content in Dreamweaver
On the user's computer (the local computer), Dreamweaver creates HTML code with simple point-and-click functionality. Much of the document and text properties can be customized in the same manner as word processing programs, which greatly reduces the learning curve for new website creators.
In order to create a new web page, users select one of the many pre-designed layouts and templates that are included in Dreamweaver. Text can be created on the page by using the keyboard or cutting and pasting from another application. Alternatively, users can also import an existing HTML page that was saved in another application, such as Microsoft Word or Excel. Web-compatible images, such as JPEGs and GIFs, can be inserted into Dreamweaver by simply placing the cursor at the desired location on the page and then selecting them from the file location on the local computer.
Once the desired pages have been created, use Dreamweaver to publish, or upload, the files to the remote server that is configured for files to be viewed on the Internet. Dreamweaver's publishing tool works similar to stand-alone FTP (File Transfer Protocol) programs. After the remote server profile is created, the local files created in Dreamweaver are uploaded to the remote server. Dreamweaver displays both sets of files on the screen simultaneously, so file properties can be compared against one another.
Dreamweaver’s Distinguishable Capabilities
Dreamweaver offers many useful capabilities, such as its "Preview in Browser" function. This capability enables users to view the web page on different browsers during the creation process to identify any cross-function differences. Other functions include a basic spell check, an automatic insertion of "Today's Date" and the "Find and Replace" feature, which searches for and changes specified words throughout the entire site. Dreamweaver integrates style sheets, forms, frames and multimedia files.
In addition, Dreamweaver offers a function to cleanup the HTML code on imported pages. The Cleanup HTML feature removes redundant tags and deletes miscellaneous HTML code. At the end of the cleanup, Dreamweaver creates a summary report of all the changes.
Dreamweaver is an extremely powerful tool for web creation and management. The information presented in this article is intended as a mere summary of its wonderful capabilities.