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Janine Warner
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October 6, 2008 0470345020 978-0470345023
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a Web design newbie, Dreamweaver CS4 For Dummies shows you the quickest, easiest way to get up to speed on Dreamweaver. You’ll be able to create professional, great-looking, user-friendly websites in no time at all. Take advantage of the new, more customizable interface, improved integration with Flash and Photoshop, a handy new AJAX coding feature, and Live View, which lets you see your work as you create it.

Understand Dreamweaver basics, set up your site and create new pages, and work with text, graphics, and links. You can manage, test, and publish a site, define and apply styles with CSS, coordinate your design work, add audio, video, and Flash files to your site, build a dynamic Web site, and use Dreamweaver’s database features. Know how to:

  • Design, build, and deploy professional-looking Web sites
  • Use Dreamweaver’s new, more versatile preset layouts
  • Fine-tune styles with enhanced CSS support
  • Keep your pages cutting-edge with SmartObjects
  • Take advantage of the new, more customizable interface
  • Understand browser differences, make the most of CSS, build dynamic sites
  • Create and optimize Web graphics
  • Learn to maximize Cascading Style Sheets and Dreamweaver’s Layers features for creating fluid layouts

Complete with lists of ten resources, ten timesaving tips, and ten great Web sites designed in Dreamweaver, Dreamweaver CS4 For Dummies is your one-stop guide to setting up, working with, and making the most of Dreamweaver.

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It's easier than ever to turn your Web design dreams into reality — discover how!

Whether you're a seasoned pro or a Web design newbie, here's the quickest, easiest way to get up to speed on Dreamweaver CS4. Soon you'll be taking advantage of the new, more customizable interface, the improved integration with Flash and Photoshop, a handy new AJAX coding feature, Live View to let you see your work as it will actually appear, and a whole lot more.

  • Discover Web design basics — understand browser differences, make the most of CSS, and use Dynamic Web templates
  • Shades of gray — see how the new gray interface makes it easier to work with the colors in your designs

  • Go graphic — create and optimize Web graphics using Dreamweaver's close integration with Photoshop®

  • Cascading Style Sheets — learn to create beautiful layouts that are easily updated using Dreamweaver's enhanced CSS features and templates

  • Give it Flash — insert Flash files or link to audio and video files

  • Explore the Spry Framework — include interactive features like drop-down menus and collapsible panels without writing code

  • Just add data — connect your site to a data source and create basic interactivity for sites such as online catalogs

Open the book and find:

  • How to customize the workspace
  • Tips for setting up links

  • The best formats for Web images

  • Which new tools help you work with code

  • How to create rollover images

  • Key concepts of a dynamic Web site

  • Page layout tips

  • How to manage, test, and publish your site

About the Author

Janine Warner is an author, speaker, and multimedia consultant. She is also a popular video host for Dreamweaver at and a regular columnist for Layers magazine. You'll find more tutorials at her Web site,

Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (October 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470345020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470345023
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Hi, I'm Janine Warner, and as you might have guessed, my life revolves around the internet - teaching it, designing it, and always learning from it.

Because not everything you read on the Internet is reliable, you can expect that at least two of the facts in the following list are completely made-up. (If you're looking for a more formal bio, follow this link...)

1. I'm a journalist turned geek. Sometimes I call myself a 'techy translator' or a 'digital alchemist' -- my favorite made-up titles so far.

2. I started out as a reporter and editor and got hooked on the Internet early. Since 1996, I've written 25 books about the Internet, including Web Sites For Dummies, Dreamweaver For Dummies (every edition), Mobile Web Design For Dummies, and iPhone & iPad Web Design for Dummies. (I have callouses on my finger tips to prove this one.)

3. I was bitten by a computer bug in 1994, which led to my addiction to the Internet and my ability to fly through virtual realms... (Okay, this one may not be from a reliable source.)

4. I'm fascinated by how our online identities are becoming as crucial to our success as our 'real lives,' and how the Internet has forever changed the way we meet and connect with each other.

5. Today I spend most of my time:

Running a full-service digital design agency that offers web and mobile design, content strategy, and internet marketing. (Learn more at

Writing books, creating training videos. and teaching web design, content strategy, and Internet marketing.

Speaking at conferences and events about Internet trends, such as the growing importance of social media and online reputation. (Learn more at

6. As a child, I trained my pet Siberian Snow Tiger to ski the steepest slope in the Alps. Despite reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour on the treacherous course, the Olympic Committee refused to admit him. (Sadly, this point is very, very true.)

7. Unlike my Snow Tiger, I've never been to Siberia, but over the years, I've worked with one of Russia's largest publishing companies in Moscow; traveled to New Delhi to speak at Internet World India; and worked with journalists and publishers in Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua El Salvador, Mexico, and Spain.

8. In 1998, I was hired by The Miami Herald as their online managing editor and a year later was promoted to Director of New Media. I left that position to run CNET's Latin American operations where I managed content development in Spanish and Portuguese.

9. I've taught courses in online journalism at the University of Southern California and the University of Miami, and I've been a guest lecturer at more than 20 other universities in the U.S. and Latin America. I also helped create an Internet Literacy program for high school students in Central America.

10. I am a member of the TV Academy's Interactive Media Peer Group and I've served as a judge for a number of contests, including the Interactive Emmy Awards, The Knight News Challenge, and the Arroba de Oro in Latin America.

Learn more about Janine at Learn more about Janine's books, videos, and web design consulting at

Customer Reviews

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamweaver by Janine C. Warner November 11, 2008
I had been advised not to purchase Dreamweaver since it would take at least a year to learn it. After reading some of the "helps" on the market, I was ready to give up - until I discovered Janine Warner. She presents it in such a logical and sequential way so that Dreamweaver can be learned in a much shorter time. In addition to having a tremendous insight into how to gain a presence on the Web, she makes it enjoyable to the extent that the phrase "user friendly" takes on a new and different meaning. Not only do her writings have a comfortable flow, she provides free step-by-step tutorials on her website that make learning Dreamweaver even faster. I've had three on-line courses through a local college but never learned as much as I did through her books, videos and website. She's a remarkable lecturer and writer, but more than that she's someone who knows what it takes to get other people up to speed. - Ed Walton
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had My Web Site Up in 2 Days! April 24, 2009
Even after my friends had raved about how easy DreamWeaver was, I was still intimidated. I checked out a couple of DreamWeaver tutorial books from the library and this was by far the easiest to understand.

It took me step-by-step through everything I needed to know to design my Web site in less than two days. I was amazed. If you're starting from scratch, this is the place to start.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I bought 3 or 4 books to learn Dreamweaver (which should have been named Nightmareweaver!) and this one was the only useful and helpful one. After using Frontpage for a long time, getting a handle on Dreamweaver was difficult and frustrating and the only real help I found was with Dreamweaver for Dummies and an online seminar from the SIte Wizard...With those two I've finally managed to create a beautiful and user-friendly site!
Avoid at all costs Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual: you'll be throwing money down the drain! Where Dreamweaver for Dummies has clear explanations and walks you through, the Missing Manual is total gibberish...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing Examples November 30, 2009
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I bought this book because I assumed it would be a step-by-step guide to learning Dreamweaver. The book does give basic information, but it is more of a reference book than a "how to" guide. The author descibes what Dreamweaver can do and explains basic concepts, but she does not SHOW how to do it through step-by-step examples. There are gaps in the linear process--a good "how to" guide needs to be linear and not miss any steps--examples progess from A to B to C and then she shows the result incorporating D,E & F without showing how she got there. The author describes "what" Dreamweaver can do but often fails to show the exact steps on "how" to do it. The "tutorials" are theoretical and do not give all the steps to accomplishing the task.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By D. Land
I am an ameteur web designer. I have the Adobe creative suite cs4 which contains Dreamweaver. I have listened to Jeannine Warner on Dreamweaver cs3 from Total Training. That video series was very very good, but the book is even better. It is written in a way that you do not have to go in any order. I wanted to know first how to set up a server on my computer which is in back of the book, and had no trouble starting there. Everything is very logical and straitforward. You will be able to create your own web site as complicated as you like with just this one learning tool. I just wish she wrote the training on the other Adobe CS4 programs.
Donnie Land
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for getting started with Dreamweaver CS4 December 20, 2009
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I purchased three books to help me learn Dreamweaver:

Dreamsweaver CS4 for Dummies (this book)
Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual
The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS4 with CSS, Ajax and PHP

I started with Dreamweaver CS4 for Dummies, which I found to be a pretty good book. I was able to read it cover to cover (though it's not necessary to do so to get started). In addition to a good basic overview, it had a couple of very helpful tips in a chapter called "10 Resources You Might Need."

As my design became more detailed, I felt the need for a book that went into more depth and bought the other two books listed above. I like both books, but find I rely on The Missing Manual the most. Its writing is clear and easy to follow. The numerous tutorials give step-by-step instructions for a beginner on how to accomplish various tasks, with more advanced details included in the text.

I like The Essential Guide as well, but since I'm not using PHP, I find that there are areas where the advice they give simply doesn't work for me. For example, when I wanted to learn more about using templates, The Essential Guide gave only a very basic explanation, then went into far more detail about using PHP "includes" instead. While I agree that the PHP "includes" are probably the better choice, it's not one that is available to me since I don't have a PHP testing server (and don't want to go through the complexity of setting one up on my home computer). If you are using PHP, then this is definitely the book to get.

All in all, if I had to recommend one book to get started, it would be For Dummies, particularly if your needs are very simple and/or you're completely new to web site design.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I must be dumb
I tried reading this from the beginning, looking up what I need and many different ways of using this book to use Dreamweaver and I STILL FEEL CLUELESS! Read more
Published 2 months ago by AliJB
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamweaver
This was a great book for me. As a beginner, to learn dreamweaver was made easy and understandable. It has great examples to use and was just perfect for me. Read more
Published 18 months ago by andy
I'm normally a big fan of the dummies books, but this one requires you to almost know your way around the program before you open the book. Read more
Published on January 12, 2012 by knightserrant
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless
This book starts, as if the reader already knows something about web design. It has been useless to me, and doesn't explain anything in laymans terms.
Published on May 13, 2011 by Gromit801
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamweaver CS4 for Dummies
Like most Dummie book this is outstanding and easy to use. Regular manuals tend to be to technical and this one cuts to the chase. Read more
Published on July 1, 2010 by Anita L. Reid
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for Dreamweaver but leave the CSS out
There are plenty of step by step instructions in this book, but it is very deficient in explaining concept. Read more
Published on May 17, 2010 by Penny Lane
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book BUT....
I am a green head rookie when comes to web site designing, creation. With help of this book I created a dynamic web sit in 3 days, not to impress anyone, but impress upon. Read more
Published on March 16, 2010 by D. CHANG
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit too basic
I bought this book hoping to learn some insider tricks. I've been using Dreamweaver (self-taught) for basic web page development, but have a strong programming background. Read more
Published on February 15, 2010 by L. Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamweaver for Dummies is really helpful
Janine Warner's book, Dreamweaver CS4 for Dummies is very helpful. I've been trying to learn Dreamweaver for a year now using various self-taught methods. Read more
Published on January 23, 2010 by B. Shaeffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tool
Even though I am well versed in the main CS4 applications--Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, I was somewhat intimidated launching Dreamweaver for the first time. Read more
Published on December 22, 2009 by Design Diva
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