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Up until a couple of years ago, if you would have tried to tell me there was anything better for building websites than Dreamweaver, I would have had trouble hiding the grimace from my face. I have always enjoyed the creative aspects of design, and code was the ultimate symbol of geekdom (I never wanted to be a geek). Like many others who weren't born with left brains much larger than a pea, I fought for a long time to stay in my comfort zone of drag and drop.

However, if you take a quick look around at the web design world today, you'll know that a lot is changing very quickly. It used to be easy for a print designer to slap together a design in Photoshop, make some rollovers, slice it up then export to Dreamweaver. But that was before the world cared about good website design. That was before clients were concerned about those little things like budget, turn-around time, ease of maintenance and interactive features. It was the hey day of poor usability, bloated designs with pixelated graphics, scroll bars everywhere and look ma, I can do a Flash splash screen too...

Well now a days like it or not, internet users and clients have come to expect more. For us designers that means just one thing. Either upgrade our skills, or watch ourselves quickly become as relevant as a rubber King Kong on a movie set! This may come as a surprise to many, but even though the Adobe marketing team is still marching ahead full steam, Dreamweaver is quickly becoming like an old movie prop. The problem comes down to the fact that Dreamweaver has not gotten serious about supporting dynamic, interactive, database driven sites. In fact, it hasn't really improved much at all in that area for a long time. Even in the next version of Dreamweaver, CS4, there will be none to very little improvement. So while the old mare is still pretty good for a quick static site, here are some compelling reasons to think about the alternatives:

  1. Dreamweaver offers little in the way of interactive/dynamic features like ecommerce, blogging, forums, community building (social networking) or content management. There is simple ASP, PHP and Cold Fusion support, but again it's very simple. I know because I've taken it to it's limits. I've also worked with extensions such as Cartweaver (which adds a basic shopping cart) and many others, but they have always been unsatisfactory.

  2. Clients want to be able to update their own sites. The old way of dealing with this is usually, a) convince them to plunck down $400 for Dreameaver or b) Set them up with Contribute or c) do the maintenance yourself, and charge a killing. Problems with this, clients aren't designers. They will inevitably make mince meat out of the site. That will make them unhappy clients in the end, a situation that benefits no one. And if you are still lucky enough to be collecting large sums for doing all your clients' updating, lucky be you. Clients are quickly becoming aware of the benefits of Content Management Systems (CMS). They can make updates with confidence and they don't have to wait for you to get around to doing it.

  3. Dreamweaver was never meant to work with a larger site efficiently. Sure you can use templates and libraries, but they are primitive and break easily. They are also proprietary to and won't be usable without Dreamwever.

  4. As already mentioned, the price of Dreamweaver ain't cheap. Why pay $400 for something when you can get a much more powerful design environment absolutely free!


So what is this Dreamweaver killer that I'm so convinced is currently making its way towards everyday web designers like a category 5 hurricane? That would be Open Source software. In fact, Open Source is changing a lot in the technology world in many ways. OS is an intersting thing. It's free to download and use, even for commercial uses. You can copy it, change it however you like, and even sell it as long as you credit the original author in the non front-end code. Even though it's free, open source encourages a philosophy of participation and mutual responsibility. Many people who use OS, contribute back in many ways. Even if you're not a programmer, you can contribute documentation, help answer questions at a help forum, the list goes on. But without getting too much into the philosophy, I'll just say that I think it's a really cool idea that encourages a real working alternative to a purely money based economy. And as unlikely as it sounds, I believe OS could be a positive role model for our societies in general as it catches on.

JoomlaThe fact is no matter how you feel about it, the software is provided as a free download. And in this case, free doesn't mean cheap. Many of these projects (everyone's heard of Firefox for example) now rival their commercial counterparts and are depended on by many professionals. Some of the CMS and blogging software also fall into this category. Joomla, Drupal and Wordpress (for blogs) are now used by millions of web sites. Many large corporate sites run on them. The reason? They are easy to use and powerful. They are simple to update and maintain. You can add interactive features much easier and no reinventing the wheel each time, and best of all you don't need to be a serious PHP/ASP programmer to do it. So pretty much, all those things Dreamweaver can't do.

Google Trends: Joomla vs. Dreamweaver

So now you're probably wondering. How hard is it to learn to design sites with a CMS. Am I stuck with trying to design with code or worse, limited to some portal CMS design paradigm? Well, yes there's a bit of a learning curve but no there are no limits to design. There are a lot of beautiful 3rd party templates for these systems, which are very easy to get up and running with. But designing an original site can be bit of a challenge at first, especially if you don't know HTML/CSS. Learning CSS is particularly important for this way of working. If you already have Dreamweaver, you can still use it in code view to take advantage of it's very decent CSS tools (although other code editors work just as well). But as previously mentioned, the complicated things like databases and server side code are already done for you. The other good thing is you can still mock your sites up in Photoshop and export the graphics (without Photoshop code). This is how I do most of my sites, so in essence... you only need to learn how to build the layout you already see.

Once you get past the initial hump, I doubt you would ever consider turning back. You'll be much more valuable to clients and have tools in your belt that you never dreamed of having. Take a look at the extensions page at http://extensions.joomla.org. I think that will give you a pretty good idea of just how much you can do!

By the way, this website is built with Joomla. Aside the some of the obvious features it has (forum, blog, "My Space" style profiles for registered users, link exchange, etc.), posting to my blog is a breeze. Basically, I log in, click on "new article", write the article, choose a category and post. But it doesn't go to just one place. It goes to the top of the blog page (and the older ones shuffle down or on to the next page), but it also goes into the "Web Design" category. Then it gets added to the footer on each page as a latest blog posting. Last but not least, it automatically gets added to my site map... which has been submitted to Google as a live feed. So with that one example you get the idea I think... a lot of time can be saved.

All this may sound incredibly complex, but the good thing is you can take it in smaller steps. Next time you have some free time, try installing and using a CMS. It's really not hard at all and I highly recommend giving it a try. And I'll part with a shameless plug by saying if you feel like you need some experienced help, you're always welcome to ask for a quote or schedule some training time (if you are local).

Cheers, let me know what you think.

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Bill Russell  - still Dreamin' 09-08-2008 12:40am
Thanks for the summing up the situation on the current state of web design technology. Using Joomla/Open Source makes good sense. I'm still stuck using DreamWeaver. I think the right metaphor for me in all this is running as fast as I can in a thick fog.
Jason Gallagher  - Don't stop the dream... 09-08-2008 7:50am
avatar I don't think it's the end of the world for Dreamweaver users just yet, but more and more a lot of the people I talk to are asking for more than Dreamweaver can do. For a lone designer using Dreamweaver, I'm sure there is already some lost opportunty.

With that said, the world needs good designers and as we all know, code people many times aren't the best designers. I think there are going to be a couple options for designers who don't want anything to do with code. One of them as I suggest, could be learning a CMS software. Another can simply mean teaming up with someone that handles the code.
Robert Perrett  - Something to think about 11-03-2008 8:26am
I'm coming to that conclusion also.
Sheryl 03-22-2009 2:25pm
Very Nice!
Web Design Company  - Web Design Company 03-26-2009 1:17pm
I do agree that working upon all the three dreamweaver, joomla and open source is necessary for designers as designing trends too are changing at fast pace. To stay ahead in the race continuous change is essential for designers. Bill rightly said it’s just like running fast in the thick fog and you can’t skip a single step. Technology will go on growing every day and you can’t stick with the old one if you really want to grow. At www.felixlabs.com designers warmly welcome the new technologies but don’t get disloyal to the older ones as well. So it depends upon the requirements of the design that which technology to employ?
Pamela Scoot  - Social Network Development UK 04-09-2009 2:26pm
We use these three dreamweaver, open source and joomla in our website design & development firm. Each of the three has its merits and demerits according to the specific design. No body can claim one is better or best among others. We always keep track with the updated features of these three.
Jason Gallagher 04-22-2009 2:59pm
avatar Hi Pamela, thanks for your feedback. I certainly agree that there is no "best" way to go about things when it comes to web development. However, I'm finding less and less reasons to work with Dreamweaver.

Even for a drop dead simple brochure type site, Joomla (or Wordpress) for one thing make the site possible for a client to update. And since I now have a preconfigured Joomla install with extensions and starter template ready to go... it doesn't take much longer than Dreameaver to do a simple site. Yet I have all kinds of extras ready to go like a dynamic site map with an XML feed for Google, a contact form that validates and submits, a comprehensive admin back end, etc. that would otherwise take forever. Then for a more complex site, Dreamweaver falls way short and in a whole different league.

My point isn't to claim Joomla is the only tool anyone needs. While it can be amazingly multi-purpose and along with Wordpress, Drupal and others make a great substitute for Dreamweaver, certainly the right tool is needed for the right job. My point was really to say that there's a revolution going on which is changing the status quo, and it's open source.
usb speicherstick 10-14-2009 1:37am
I read this information.It is very useful information. I appreciate your information. think the right metaphor for me in all this is running as fast as I can in a thick fog.
cartucho r4i 11-14-2009 3:38am
Joomla is so good website making software.Buy for running that you have to download and install one server.There are also some web developing software that is drupal and word-press.
glucosamine 12-21-2009 9:26pm
I m working with Dreamweaver and i love to work with it.I want to learn Joomla as its the best open source framework and so powerful for building website.Dreamweaver is simply great to do programming.
SiteSyrup  - CS5 covers this 04-27-2010 1:47am
Good article and eclipse with aptana (open source) is pretty good anyway but doesn't dreamweaver have this covered in CS5 ?

-=SiteSyrups last Blog Post- Crocodile....cute ? =-
Jason Gallagher  - Interesting, but I don't think it covers it... 04-27-2010 7:45pm
avatar Good question SiteSyrup. I've checked out the coming attractions, and the new CMS integration does sound promising especially when it comes to working on CSS. DW CS5 isn't out yet and I've only seen the short videos adobe has on its site. But from what I can tell, there is no database connection so don't expect to be able to update the actual content from within DW.

Basically I think its a bit like having Firebug within Dreamweaver. That's convenient and very welcome for Dreamweaver users as theoretically we won't have to switch apps to make every css adjustment. It remains to be seen how well it works, especially when it comes to the 3rd party css from extensions/plugins.

All in all, I will have to say that it sounds like Dreamweaver has started to get more serious about trying to evolve. Still, it seems like a halfway measure to me with no database integration (and not sure if it allows you to edit your template in live view). CS5 is interesting, but I'm not convinced the $400 price tag is a value or gives you much you don't have already with Aptana + Firebug, other than saving a bit of clicking on some things (while adding clicking on others... like frequent changes between code/live view).
Jason Gallagher  - update 05-18-2010 6:37pm
avatar Well I've been playing with the trial version of CS5 for the past week and I thought I'd give a quick report. There are a few other features, but the main notable difference from DW CS4 is the ability to make changes to the CSS while in live view (Dreamweaver's built in Webkit browser) and a certain amount of support for content management systems.

While I think it has some potential, the bottom line to me is that the workflow is clunky and very S L O W. Each time you make a change to the CSS in the CSS pallet, you have to wait while dreamweaver rescans all the linked files. And I'm on a pretty fast Core Duo 2 desktop w/4 GB of RAM. Second, if you are a CSS beginner you are going to have a lot of trouble understanding which CSS you actually need to edit when you inspect (due to inheritance and css from various extensions), especially on a complex CMS site.

Bottom line is that it's an interesting new approach, but Adobe has a lot of bugs to work out before it's worth using, especially when Firebug does it so much better. If they wanted to, they could have done this much better but they're lazy IMO. If you've used Firebug much, you'd know how bad the DW user interface is in comparison.

I think Adobe has too little competition. They have very little reason to push themselves. Every year or two they do the minimum amount and charge through the nose for it. I will say though that Photoshop CS5 is a major exception...
sherifmayika  - Drupal will rule the back end of websites and Drea 07-15-2010 2:25am
Dreamweaver is a rich HTML and CSS editor. By and far this software has been in the front position among web authoring softwares.In it's latest versions CS4 and CS5 Adobe introduced new features that makes CMS themes. Key features like Related file, Live view, CSS inspect and CSS enable/disable are true time savers a cool experience for CMS theme developers. How to define sites in Dreamweaver for creating and Drupal theme? read more
Jason Gallagher  - Thanks for your comment, but have to disagree 07-21-2010 7:42am
avatar Do you work for Adobe marketing ;)

Kind of sounds like it will how well you named all the latest additions. All great stuff, but what it really comes down to is how well it works in practice. My observations:

I find the DW CSS inspector clunky. I prefer Firebug's and I can work "much" faster that way, period. DW is a toy in comparison.

Relative files are barely helpful with any CMS (including Drupal). If it were able to list "relevant" files, now that would be cool. But instead, you get a bunch of core files, which should never be edited if you care about security and clean updates to your CMS. There's a filter, but its very basic and isn't enough.

Live view. Great, although there is an old DW extension that did exactly the same thing. Again, with CS5 you can now edit html/css real time (couldn't do that with the extension), but its too clunky to be useful in my opinion. I gave it a good try, and I'm simply no where near as productive with it... ESPECIALLY on a CMS site.

Not to be overly negative... I do think Adobe took a step forward. But they are still tied to an old interface that doesn't work well. Also, they could have done a much better job on the CMS implementation if they wanted. Instead... they chose to give us a little taste now, with a plan do a little more later to charge us for the upgrade.
Peter, KLEVUR Website Design  - Joomla - The Alternative 07-24-2010 10:40am
Interesting thoughts. I got into working with Joomla and Wordpress by dumb luck. Now I only touch my Expression or Dreamweaver when forced. We are even working on a way to build squeeze pages right into a Joomla site as a component.

Thanks for sharing.
Timothy Caron Wordpress Develo  - Dreamweaver or CMS 07-25-2010 5:29am
Well Jason,

I will have to agree with you when it comes to using Dreamweaver, it is quite bloated in code and is not keeping up with the Jones' so to speak.

I'm all for using Open Source Software, even though I do use Expression Web 3 and Expression Studio for a lot of my mock up.

Though Adobe has done a fantastic job in regards to Photoshop, Fireworks and some of it's other counterparts it lacks in it's continued development of DW.

There are many open source editing programs such as Winsyntax which can be found here http://www.winsyntax.com/ and others that are very easy to use, especially if you work in code view.

Thank you again for the informative post. I will look forward to others in the future.

Thanks Again
Tim
Jason Gallagher 07-25-2010 10:58pm
avatar Peter- Thanks. I'm not exactly sure what you are trying to do when you say squeeze pages into Joomla, but one thing you can do is assign each individual page (or really menu item) to a unique template if you desire. So maybe no need for a component? But if you're going to do that, you might be better off with a CMS like Modx which allows you to feed it a folder of static pages.

Timothy- yes, I'd have to agree... Photoshop (and Indesign, Illustrator) are pretty awesome. It's not that I think Dreamweaver is bad. It's like you say... as the "flagship" web authoring app, it hasn't done a flagship job keeping up with the times. I do think it's a pretty decent code editor. But if you need to do any kind of Web 2.0 work (and don't already own the Creative Suite), it would be hard to justify plunking down the $400 bucks for it when there are free or cheaper alternatives.
Timothy Caron 11-04-2010 2:39am
Hi Jason,

From reading all the comments it looks like many are missing the point of your post.

Joomla, Wordpress, Drupal are content management systems/ blogging platforms. And are by far the easiest way to publish content on the internet.

Whereas, Dreamweaver, Expression Web Studio, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator are not open source content managements systems but only aide in the development and design of the above open source CMS systems.

None of these CMS systems were designed originally to aide in the appearance/design of the systems themselves. Since there inception many of these open source programs have included many options or plugins to aide in the design and layout.

Though most of these systems have similar features as Design View or HTML View, with preview options before publishing they still are a far cry from creating stunning and interactive content management systems.

Your views are spot on when it comes to the design and usability of these systems, and btw, unfortunately I did fork out the whazoo for the Adobe Creative Suite. But all in all it was a greate investment.

Btw, I like your use of the orange and grays in your color scheme. Bright and Bold to say the least.

Thanks for letting m ramble.
Timothy
Karissa 08-18-2010 3:20am
This is a great post. I am trying to take the leap into converting my 55 page static site into WordPress. My only draw back is the split view. I love being able to see the code and design view at the same time.

P.S. The orange background started hurting my eyes toward the end of reading the comments. Perhaps toning it down might help...
Jason Gallagher 08-20-2010 2:57pm
avatar Hi Karissa, yes as you've discovered designing themes for Wordpress most definitely involves coding. I struggled with that myself in the beginning, but once you get used to it you quickly realize how much faster and better you can work anyway if you give up design view (it's never been accurate, and its actually a very kludgy way to work). I never do much design in HTML anyway... I prefer to design my mockups in Photoshop and just recreate what I did in HTML as fast as possible.

Thanks for your comment on the background. I think the brightness of it depends a lot on each persons system. On most computers I've seen it, its actually quite mellow... but once in awhile you're right it can be a bit bright. I guess that's the compromise I decided to make when I went with a more bold color scheme, and I'm still pretty happy with it ;)
Bob, Music City Web Design  - Dreamweaver vs. CMS 09-25-2010 6:20am
We've been using DW since 1997 and have recommended it to all our non-CMS clients because although it has 1000 features that clients will never use, the few that they will use every day have always been far easier and intuitive to use than FrontPage or any other WYSIWYG editor we were aware of.

We specialized in e-commerce and internet marketing, so clients mostly needed to edit only their product info. They would (and still do) email content changes 1-3x/year at most. We've had hundreds of clients. I can think of 2 who learned and continue to use DW to this day.

However, we've become a huge fan of Open Source apps like Open Cart. Long ago, we lost the desire to reinvent the wheel for every client. Open Source gets them in the drivers seat 100x faster, and we can spend our billable hours teaching them to MAKE MONEY with SEO and PPC. And that's something they appreciate.
NDE Web Services  - OS is the future. 10-09-2010 6:53pm
Open source technology has changed the way we compute and control our own and public information. Not only do we use OS technology for our clients but we also only OS technology in our office. Dreamweaver who? We are very fond of the connectivity and plugins available with netbeans. It's an excellent coding program and offers the ability to ftp to your server just like dreamweaver. If you're a coder and you're looking for a great development tool, netbeans is the right way to go.
Caitlin at Buy Backlinks  - Joomla! 10-30-2010 1:26am
I have been wondering how to make this work. And if you say it is easier to use and powerful than Dreamweaver, then I believe it deserves to be considered. I'd love to try it out. Do you have a step by step tutorial - something like for dummies? Or can you refer me to sites where I can learn from?
Jason Gallagher 11-01-2010 7:48pm
avatar Hi Caitlin, well gotta say your company name sounds a bit spammy....

But, just in case... and since I feel like clarifying to anyone else who might have misunderstood, I have never said that Joomla (or anything else) was "easier" than Dreamweaver. This an article about the benefits of open source content management systems like Joomla and Wordpress have over Dreamweaver, or at least DW alone in design view. There are many, but I won't deny there is a learning curve.

There a many good tutorials all over the net for using Joomla. Just do a quick google, or check youtube, the official Joomla wiki (http://docs.jooomla.org). I have also written a short manual for learning Joomla's backend... just do a search for Joomla manual here on the site.

BTY, to anyone considering spamming: There is really good spam fighter on this site so you are just wasting your time. Spam comments and/or links are detected and automatically deleted ;)
Caitlin at Buy Backlinks  - Joomla! 11-03-2010 8:41am
Sorry, if it appears that way. Perhaps I should've not included my link? I'm trying to learn Joomla currently and I appreciate the links you have given.
Jason Gallagher 11-03-2010 11:20am
avatar My apologies if I jumped the gun and you're not just here to add your link.... I can't begin to tell you how often it happens. It's a reality for most bloggers.

The website field in the comment form (which BTY has the "nofollow" tag) is there for people to share their personal website, not to advertise a service. Placing a link anywhere else (unless to offer some type of relevant helpful solution) is considered as spam by most people.

So I hope the advice I gave was helpful and you're able to find some good Joomla tuts!(and FYI one other great place to learn about Joomla is lynda.com... although it isn't free.)
kaye dogs  - Wordpress 01-29-2011 2:20am
Thanks for the info. Ive been working on Wordpress lately and i am kinda interested to broaden my knowledge and study PHP and Joomla.I hope you have a lil info, tips or guide in those area. Thanks!
Thomas 01-20-2011 12:58am
I really like Dreamweaver. I use it all the time for all sorts of different projects. My kids love playing with Dreamweaver. I'll be standing in the kitchen with my wife Rebbecca and we'll just listen to kids in the living room fiddling around on the computer and we know it's Dreamweaver they're playing with. They're little Dreamweaver maniacs...Um, not really, they don't like Dreamweaver. They curse it. Alright I don't really have kids...or a wife named Rebbecca...I gotta a kitchen though.
Thomas 01-20-2011 1:00am
Hey and I see you don't add links. What if people need to get in touch with me?
Jason Gallagher 01-29-2011 10:26am
avatar Hi Thomas, like Dreamweaver (not sure about kids sometimes, joking), kitchens can come in handy ;) You may add your website in the website field when you post your comment.
orjin krem 01-29-2011 2:19am
Open source technology has changed the way we compute and control our own and public information. Not only do we use OS technology for our clients but we also only OS technology in our office. Dreamweaver who? We are very fond of the connectivity and plugins available with netbeans. It's an excellent coding program and offers the ability to ftp to your server just like dreamweaver. If you're a coder and you're looking for a great development tool, netbeans is the right way to go.
Natasha Lauren  - Miss 02-07-2011 1:20pm
Thanks for sharing this very helpful information. I would recommend this blog to my husband. Continue sharing more information like this. Best of Luck!
Bruce  - owner 03-20-2012 7:21pm
I'm a small sole proprietor. Over the years since 1997, my website has gradually grown into a 350 pager, with 355,000 words and tons of image content-- all of it in html. I still use Adobe PageMill, which I guess was the ancestor of Dreamweaver. Recently upgraded computers and OS, now finding the PageMill won't even work with Windows 7. Is my entire years-of-work website now toast? Or do I now have to spend weeks or months learning this open source thing, and recreating my entire website from scratch? This is a serious issue for me and all advice is welcome.
Tim  - owner & developer 03-21-2012 3:12am
Dear Bruce,

Tim here, not all is lost, you should be able to use Dreamweaver to edit the Page mill files since they are all basically HTML editors, but if you running into problems I'd be glad to help.

Have you considered converting your entire site to wordpress?
Thanks
Tim
Jason Gallagher 03-21-2012 10:54am
avatar Hi Bruce, yes I remember and even used Page Mill for a few months way back in around 97, but then quickly Discovering Dreamweaver 2 and didn't look back ;0

Like Tim says, all is not lost. However, it is going to be a big challenge. The web has changed "a lot" since Pagemill, and the latest versions of Dreamweaver won't even recognize your embedded font tags and non-css code. Well it'll display them, but you'd have to use code view to make edits and it will be a pretty major pain. I probably can't think of anything much scarier then the sight of Pagemill generated markup...

So I think the site should probably be rebuilt using css, and probably a CMS (such as Wordpress). This would make future maintenance and expanding the site MUCH easier than it ever was with Pagemill. Getting there is probably not going to be a small step, but I'll be you'll be glad you did it when it's done.

My suggestion would be to ask yourself how much of your time do are you ready to invest in the site. If you want to do it yourself it's possible (especially if you use a template), but you're going to need a lot of time and patience. Is the site aging and in need a redesign anyway? Then in all honesty, if it's time for an upgrade and you don't want to spend months learning the skills of a new career and you have the budget... you might want to consider hiring someone.
Bruce  - owner 03-21-2012 1:49pm
Thank you, Jason and Tim. Your replies are pretty much what I was afraid of. My options: spend $400 to buy Dreamweaver, then struggle for months to learn it and to convert my enormous, multi-faceted site into what DW would produce; or 2. get something else that is free like Wordpress and "CSS" (???) what's that, and go through learning them and trying to convert my site. I'd not computer-stupid, but it did take me several years gradually learning the ins and out of PageMill. Mostly, I'm artist, consultant, writer, (and a father!). I don't have the time to take on a project of this magnitude, and yet I also am poor. What a bind. I don't want to loose the site; I rank in the top 1-5 on Google on many of my target categories in my line of work.... As before, I'm open to any and all advice.
Jason Gallagher 03-21-2012 2:00pm
avatar Hi Bruce, just noticed your comment as I'm running out the door... but yes I would choose carefully if your site is important. You don't have to loose the site. But if you do switch to Wordpress (or another), your urls are going to change. To remedy that, 301 redirects can be made which redirect the old link to the new. So I don't think you're in any danger of loosing anything unless you just stop maintaining it.

In all honesty based on what you said, I would seriously consider hiring a professional. It isn't going to be cheap if you want it done right (SEO considered, content management, a proper redesign, perhaps online selling), but it's probably an investment well made if you don't see your self ready to spend a lot of time learning a whole array of new skills (and then using your business as a guniepig). The upside is if you go with Wordpress/Joomla/Drupal it will put you in a position to take over the wheel for the site with little effort on your part.
Web designer Cheltenham  - Web design 12-15-2012 8:26am
I know this is an old article but I think DW still has it's place, yeah there are other code editors available and I do use them but DW has little functionality that some code editors dont, for sure I would never use DW's wysiwyg tool!
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