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Dreamweaver CS5 For Dummies 1st Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0470610763
ISBN-10: 047061076X
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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 www.DigitalFamily.com.
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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By tachi1 VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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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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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