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An Incredible Tool
on July 19, 2005
I was never particularly interested in putting up a website. I was even less interested in learning the software necessary to do so. This package changed my mind.
My first exposure was in the spring of 2004. I took a class called "Website Design for Churches". The course required us to download the trial version of the software from the Macromedia site. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy Dreamweaver made putting together a simple site. Even someone who didn't care about doing it could do a creditable job. Once the basics were explained, it was easy and almost foolproof.
Upon completion of the course, I did nothing about site design for more than a year and then my church decided it needed a website. I decided to purchase a copy, get some books that give a more detailed treatment and my course (which was more about layout) and give it a try. I was blown away.
Dreamweaver lets people do easily that which anyone can do and it lets them do so with a minimum of fuss. It is a much more powerful tool than that however. It has capabilities to put together incredibly complex sites. Most of this is relatively easy and the Dreamweaver interface is what makes it so. The software takes care of most of the housekeeping tasks. It also has powerful tools to easily edit many sites at once through the use of templates. It took a little more effort to learn how to do this but the effort is well repaid when it comes to maintenance of the site. Cascading style sheets are a similar innovation although the syntax for this is much less intuitive than the use of the templates.
Anyone who wants to design websites could do much worse than choose this application. Even the most advanced users requiring the most outlandish results can get those results with this package, especially when add on packages are used.
This one made it easy!