As I have set countless times in countless blogs, web developing isn’t easy. It takes a lot of skill to create a website that’s equally attractive and efficient. Because of current technology, the general population is easily able to create websites of their own with companies like Word Press or Wix to help them. But for the professionals, web development doesn’t start with pretty template but HTML and CSS. This requires the proper software to begin coding, and today we’ll be focusing on a particular software. And the software of the hour is Adobe Dreamweaver!
Dreamweaver is an adobe software that specializes in creating and managing websites and web applications. It’s able to produce content suitable for any device and includes a sufficient number of tools and templates to allow web developers to make amazing web pages without much hassle. I’ve had my own experiences with Dreamweaver, using it to create a landing page for a mobile app. And while I lack enough knowledge in HTML and CSS to use the software to its full capacity, I can say that it is a software that gets the job done. There were many features that I was relieved to have access to. The first feature that the most useful was their real-time browser preview. Being able to code and see it appear instantly on the software without having to preview it on a browser every time made developing very time efficient. Another life saver was of course the different templates available. As a beginner at web development, I did try to start coding the web page from scratch. But after countless syntax errors and wonky results, I finally tried by eyes for a template. They’re really helpful at speeding up the process of building a website and allows amateur developers to get used to the different elements of HTML and CSS. And lastly, the pre-codes styles and HTML elements. Having such a convenient tool on hand really cuts the tedious work in half. Because of the simplicity of my landing page, there wasn’t much for me to explore and use but I certainly appreciated its availability.
Now that I’m done giving off the facade of me swooning over the software, let it be known that I had an absolute horrible time using it. This was partially because of my inexperience and partially because Dreamweaver isn’t really amateur-friendly. It took a ton load of tutorials and question forums just to achieve the basic result I was striving for. During my struggle to create a simple landing page, I found certain features of Dreamweaver that needed work. The first feature would be the real-time browser preview. As convenient as it seems, the software’s real-time preview doesn’t match the final result of your web page when uploaded to a web browser. Many fellow students admitted that in order to fix their web page on the web browser, they had to adjust it to the point where it looked wrong on the software’s preview. It’s really counterintuitive and can make a web developer disoriented. Another issue was when encountering errors. With other adobe software, if a user does something incorrect, they would receive an error sign to explain why they won’t achieve what they’re attempting. Now Dreamweaver does have a syntax checker that immediately notifies you when the input codes are wrong. Yet certain elements that you try to embed doesn’t receive said error signs when they’re embedded incorrectly. What may be common sense for the software may not be so common to the user.
As stated before, I had trouble with Dreamweaver simply because I’m bad at it (there, I admitted it). But it is a great software to use for web development, and the satisfaction I got when my landing page was finally coming together was astronomical. I recommending to those who would like to test it out and see what amazing website they create. For more information about Adobe Dreamweaver and its features, check out the link I placed. Enjoy!