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Dreamweaver CS5 For Dummies [Paperback]

Janine Warner
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May 10, 2010 047061076X 978-0470610763 1
A fully updated guide to the leading website creation tool, Dreamweaver CS5 Dreamweaver holds 90 percent of the market share for professional website development software. This popular book, which has sold more than 300,000 copies in previous editions, is fully updated for Dreamweaver CS5. Both beginning and intermediate website developers will get the information they need from this easy-to-follow guide. Dreamweaver is the gold standard for website development software; this book covers what both beginners and intermediate-level users need to know to develop sites for online commerce, education, customer service, and other uses Covers the basics, including customizing your workspace, setting up your site, creating pages, and publishing your site to the Web Explains how to work with text, graphics, and links; managing and testing your site; defining and applying styles with CSS; creating CSS layouts; adding audio, video, and Flash files; exploring the Spry framework; building dynamic sites, connecting to a database, and more Website developers will find just what they need to get going and create effective, eye-catching websites with Dreamweaver CS5 For Dummies .

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From the Back Cover

Get up to speed fast and start creating great Web sites!

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced Web developer, you've come to the right place. With this handy guide you'll go from designing your first page to putting your Web site online in no time. Web design expert Janine Warner walks you step-by-step through all the essential features of Dreamweaver CS5 and helps you launch the Web site you've always wanted.

  • Learn the basics — gain a better understanding of the basic concepts of Web design and the main features of Dreamweaver

  • Start testing and publishing — test your site in different Web browsers, fix broken links, manage linked files, and get your site uploaded to the Web as soon as it's ready

  • Working with a team — use the Check In/Check Out feature to make it easier to manage a site when collaborating with a group

  • Save time with styles — dive into cascading style sheets to format content

  • Achieve more consistent designs — utilize sophisticated template capabilities to improve your site's look and make global updates

  • Take your site to the next level — spice up your pages by integrating interactive images, video, and Flash

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

  • Extend Dreamweaver's functionality — take advantage of new online tools to set up a shopping cart, add traffic tracking, and more

Open the book and find:

  • How to manage, organize, test, and publish Web sites

  • Ways to work with text, graphics, and links

  • Design advice on what looks good and what to avoid

  • Steps for gaining control over design and layout with Dreamweaver's CSS tools

  • Techniques for including rollover images, pop-up windows, and more

  • Tips for adding forms and multimedia

  • How to manage and update a site with Business Catalyst

Learn to:

  • Design and publish a Web site

  • Develop beautiful, accessible sites with CSS and XHTML

  • Add interactivity with drop-down menus and rollovers

  • Use Dreamweaver to create and edit templates

About the Author

Janine Warner is a bestselling author whose books and videos on Web design have won her an international following and earned her speaking and consulting engagements around the world. She runs a Web design and consulting firm and offers tutorials, books, and training videos at

Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (May 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047061076X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470610763
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed. June 9, 2010
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I'm not a professional web site builder, by any means. I have some very limited and very basic experience building and maintaining very simple sites for my husband's, my son's, and my daughter's businesses. Not template based, but nothing elaborate, just functional, clean-looking and basic. They were built with the now-defunct (and much simpler) Front Page program. Dreamweaver is a bit more complex, a lot more versatile, and has a bit of a learning curve. But, with this book, I think I can handle the transition.

I want to do something a little different to my websites (one hasn't changed anything but the price list in 11 years!) and make them look a little different and more up-to-date. This book is just perfect for me: it doesn't assume I already know what to do or am familiar with the program but, at the same time, it doesn't assume I'm stupid (despite the name).

Things I'm finding particularly helpful:

--The tone of the book is in everyday language, clear, and logical.

--Previous knowledge is not assumed, but the book is relevant and helpful to anyone (from complete amateurs to professionals who want to get up to speed on DW CS5).

--The information is presented in a sequential manner and given its proper weight. (Everything is not equally important, not everything applies to you, some things do apply and must be done this way, etc.)

--Technical terms are very clearly explained, as are correct usage, possible pitfalls, and available choices.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars instant gratification June 20, 2010
By Scott
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I am a complete newbie when it comes to creating and designing web sites. I'm in charge of updating a web site which pretty much means I tell the web designer what we need on there and he takes care of it. Over time I've ended up taking on some of the updating responsibilities on my own just to simplify things and this has brought me to where I am today. Dreamweaver is probably waaayyyy overkill for what I need, but I got it on a student discount so I figured for the price how could I go wrong. I found myself staring blankly at my laptop every time I opened Dreamweaver to do some work so I faced the fact that I needed some kind of guide to help me. After two days with this guide I have already made my first big improvement to the site that I'm in charge of and feel like I have a solid understanding of where to go from here. The book is very easy to jump through and figure out what you need to do, it's not really written to be read cover to cover.
This book will no doubt be tucked away in my lap top case for a long time to come.
Great buy, great price and just what I needed.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very helpful with getting a website up and running November 17, 2010
I haven't really made a website in years but recently I was asked to create one for a family member. I thought Dreamweaver would have all the latest tech and that a "dummies" book would be a great place to start. I was totally wrong with the choice of book. While dreamweaver seems great the book makes thing really complicated. The author goes into great detail about all the different options and techniques but never really gets around to giving really good examples. I tend to like books that show you a good example and explain how that example was created, step by step. If that's what you're looking for then this is not the book for you. There is a lot of great information in the book but most of it is technical. I haven't seen one aesthetically pleasing example in the entire book. The examples given are bare bones, this is how it works, but they don't show how to get it work and look good. And they don't spend much time explaining how to do things if you're more of a visual designer as oppose to an XHTML writer. I would suggest trying another book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book if you have the TIME to read it November 26, 2010
By Denis
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I bought this book and was captivated at the beginning by the way the author expressed herself, very fluid and clear. However, after reading a few pages from different chapters I started getting tired and bored. Too much bla bla bla ... too much talking ... I hope to get back reading soon. I would prefer if right after the title of each topic the author could RIGHT AWAY tell what to do. Something in bullet points will be very effective. It's very hard to find what you want in the book. It's there but among the many bla..bla..bla. Get a marker if you want to find the important things you read before.

Also, the black and white images of the different screens for the illustrations do not help at all. They are too small to read. Should be colour. Also, can't read this book if you are not in front of your computer with Dreamweaver on. The first pages of the book should have all the essential screens of Dreamweaver and the menus/submenus. In this way, the reader can easily refer to them while reading and not having the computer on.

I know it's not easy to write a book. My advice: put yourself in the reader's shoes! Thank you.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book August 23, 2010
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You simply cannot expect one book to be sufficient for Dreamweaver. That's probably why Adobe doesn't include books with their products - aside from saving a fortune by leaving them out.

This book covers the same basics of setting up and modification that the other books cover. I like to have several books so I can check each one when I have a question. Each book deals with DW in a different way, so I get tips and hints from one that are not included in another.

"The Missing Manual" series is excellent, by the way. I have several for different programs - even my iPod.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard copy would be easier
I didn't use this as much as I had planned.

I would recommend buying the hard copy.

Navigating a hard copy for assistance is easier in my opinion.
Published 2 days ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is. There's a lot of ...
It is what it is. There's a lot of information to learn from this book. It helped me to figure out certain things in designing a website. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joshua Hatt
4.0 out of 5 stars CS5 for Dummies
The text helped solve several questions relating to CS 5 programming for Dreamweaver. The text can be used as a reference for those working with Dreamweaver CS5.
Published 16 months ago by Thomas J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Dreamweaver is a great program and Dummies books are to the point with references and examples that helped me out
Published on August 20, 2013 by George R Cyr
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle iPad version warning
The content of this manual has been covered extensively in other reviews, but I thought I'd add a critical comment for those considering the Kindle version of this book. Read more
Published on September 30, 2012 by eqvet
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very helpful!
I bought this book hoping it would help me build a website but so far i haven't been able to. I spent about an hour reading through pages and pages full of information that to be... Read more
Published on September 4, 2011 by RB
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumb and dumber
I was told that Dreamweaver was a simple program to use. I started using computers in 1961. I have not a clue how to use Dreamweaver. Read more
Published on May 12, 2011 by Millstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to make friends with Dreamweaver CS5!
Janine Warner takes out the confusion of using Dreamweaver CS5 by presenting clear explanations
of setting up & maintaining a site, preparing your images for the web, & how to... Read more
Published on January 23, 2011 by Andrew Kavanagh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the beginner
I'm a beginner with Dreamweaver and this book has really helped. It is clear, easy to follow and well laid out. Read more
Published on January 13, 2011 by all good
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
For dummies is right. I'm a dummy for having bought this book. If you're looking for clear step by step instructions toward the creation of representative web pages, this book is... Read more
Published on December 23, 2010 by G in CA
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More About the Author

Janine Warner's best-selling books and videos about the Internet have won her an international following and earned her speaking and consulting engagements around the world.

She is the creator of, a full-service interactive design and training agency that offers web and mobile design, content strategy, internet marketing, and online learning development services.

Janine's skills as a "techy translator" helped her land the deal for her first book in 1996. Since then, she's written or coauthored more than 25 books about the Internet, including Web Sites For Dummies, Social Media Design For Dummies, and every edition of Dreamweaver For Dummies.

A popular speaker at AdobeMax and other events, Janine has created more than 200 hours of training videos about web design and Internet marketing for leading online learning companies,, and KelbyOne.

Janine has taught courses at the University of Miami and the University of Southern California. She's also been a guest lecturer at more than 30 other universities in the U.S. and Latin America, and she helped create an Internet Literacy program for high school students in Central America.

In the fall of 2013, she was contracted by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas to develop and teach a 5-week course on Entrepreneurial Journalism in Spanish. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was sponsored by Google Latin America and attracted more than 5,000 students. (Read article about MOOC)

Janine began her career as a reporter in Northern California and recognized early that the Internet would transform traditional media and set out to learn everything she could about this new way of communicating. Her early Internet projects included managing communications with a team of programmers in Siberia, designing a virtual store for Levi Strauss, and building one of the first newspaper websites in the country for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Point Reyes Light

In 1998, her experience as a journalist and Internet consultant, combined with her fluency in Spanish, took her to The Miami Herald, as the Online Managing Editor. A year later, she was promoted to Director of New Media. She left that position to serve as Director of Latin American Operations for CNET Networks.

Since 2001, Janine has run her own business as an author, Internet consultant, and speaker. You can learn more on her website at

Janine does strategic consulting with media corporations, publishers, and has created business strategies for clients in nearly a dozen countries. (She speaks fluent Spanish.)

She is a member of the TV Academy's Interactive Media Peer Group and has served as a judge in the Interactive Emmy Awards, the Knight News Challenge, the Arroba de Oro Latin American Internet Awards, and the WSA Mobile & Content awards in Abu Dhabi and Sri Lanka.

When she's not traveling, she is based in Southern California where she lives with her husband, David LaFontaine and occasionally takes a break to run on the beach.

Learn more about Janine at

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

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