Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Why I Use DreamWeaver

When building my website I debated about what Content Management System (CMS) to use. The popular ones of WordPress, Joomla, Wix among many others are user friendly, easy to update and require no knowledge of programing. It seems logical that I would use one of these, but since I had once learned how to use DreamWeaver (back before it was owned by Adobe) I thought I would take pride in building my website up from scratch. I've learned many advantage and disadvantage to using DreamWeaver vs an online CMS.

Advantages:  I have full control over my customization. I can create my buttons in Photoshop with the exact look and feel that I want. I have full control over where things are placed, what size they are and it's easy to split the screen between my design and the code basically "teaching" me HTML as I go.

Disadvantages: Every time I want to update even the smallest change, I have to make the change in my html file on my computer, open up my FTP program, and re-upload the page. Everything needs to be programmed from scratch. Now DreamWeaver has a built in system to code things as you design, but it doesn't have apps at your finger tips for placing social media links, slideshows and other useful easy to use pre-sets found in CMS's based on-line.

Since building my site I have created sites for other companies using WordPress, Joomla and Wix and find it vary intuitive and easy to update, but for some reason I am just too stubborn to switch my own website over. I'm sure I have flaws in my programing, my slideshows would look more polished and I'd probably automatically rank higher in google. But what it really comes down to is taking pride in my work, knowing that what I created, I created from the ground up. For me, doing things my ways is more important than doing things the right way. 



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