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Web development using Dreamweaver

  1. Dreamweaver User Guide
  2. Introduction
    1. Responsive web design basics
    2. What's new in Dreamweaver
    3. Web development using Dreamweaver - An Overview
    4. Dreamweaver / Common Questions
    5. Keyboard shortcuts
    6. Dreamweaver system requirements
    7. Feature summary
  3. Dreamweaver and Creative Cloud
    1. Synchronize Dreamweaver settings with Creative Cloud
    2. Creative Cloud Libraries in Dreamweaver
    3. Using Photoshop files in Dreamweaver
    4. Work with Adobe Animate and Dreamweaver
    5. Extract web-optimized SVG files from Libraries
  4. Dreamweaver workspaces and views
    1. The Dreamweaver workspace
    2. Optimize Dreamweaver workspace for visual development
    3. Search files based on filename or content | Mac OS
  5. Set up sites
    1. About Dreamweaver sites
    2. Set up a local version of your site
    3. Connect to a publishing server
    4. Set up a testing server
    5. Import and export Dreamweaver site settings
    6. Bring existing websites from a remote server to your local site root
    7. Accessibility features in Dreamweaver
    8. Advanced settings
    9. Set site preferences for transferring files
    10. Specify proxy server settings in Dreamweaver
    11. Synchronize Dreamweaver settings with Creative Cloud
    12. Using Git in Dreamweaver
  6. Manage files
    1. Create and open files
    2. Manage files and folders
    3. Getting and putting files to and from your server
    4. Check in and check out files
    5. Synchronize files
    6. Compare files for differences
    7. Cloak files and folders in your Dreamweaver site
    8. Enable Design Notes for Dreamweaver sites
    9. Preventing potential Gatekeeper exploit
  7. Layout and design
    1. Use visual aids for layout
    2. About using CSS to lay out your page
    3. Design responsive websites using Bootstrap
    4. Creating and using media queries in Dreamweaver
    5. Present content with tables
    6. Colors
    7. Responsive design using fluid grid layouts
    8. Extract in Dreamweaver
  8. CSS
    1. Understand Cascading Style Sheets
    2. Laying out pages using CSS Designer
    3. Using CSS preprocessors in Dreamweaver
    4. How to set CSS Style preferences in Dreamweaver
    5. Move CSS rules in Dreamweaver
    6. Convert inline CSS to a CSS rule in Dreamweaver
    7. Work with div tags
    8. Apply gradients to background
    9. Create and edit CSS3 transition effects in Dreamweaver
    10. Format code
  9. Page content and assets
    1. Set page properties
    2. Set CSS heading properties and CSS link properties
    3. Work with text
    4. Find and replace text, tags, and attributes
    5. DOM panel
    6. Edit in Live View
    7. Encoding documents in Dreamweaver
    8. Select and view elements in the Document window
    9. Set text properties in the Property inspector
    10. Spell check a web page
    11. Using horizontal rules in Dreamweaver
    12. Add and modify font combinations in Dreamweaver
    13. Work with assets
    14. Insert and update dates in Dreamweaver
    15. Create and manage favorite assets in Dreamweaver
    16. Insert and edit images in Dreamweaver
    17. Add media objects
    18. Adding videos in Dreamweaver
    19. Insert HTML5 video
    20. Insert SWF files
    21. Add audio effects
    22. Insert HTML5 audio in Dreamweaver
    23. Work with library items
    24. Using Arabic and Hebrew text in Dreamweaver
  10. Linking and navigation
    1. About linking and navigation
    2. Linking
    3. Image maps
    4. Troubleshoot links
  11. jQuery widgets and effects
    1. Use jQuery UI and mobile widgets in Dreamweaver
    2. Use jQuery effects in Dreamweaver
  12. Coding websites
    1. About coding in Dreamweaver
    2. Coding environment in Dreamweaver
    3. Set coding preferences
    4. Customize code coloring
    5. Write and edit code
    6. Code hinting and code completion
    7. Collapse and expand code
    8. Reuse code with snippets
    9. Lint code
    10. Optimize code
    11. Edit code in Design view
    12. Work with head content for pages
    13. Insert server-side includes in Dreamweaver
    14. Using tag libraries in Dreamweaver
    15. Importing custom tags into Dreamweaver
    16. Use JavaScript behaviors (general instructions)
    17. Apply built-in JavaScript behaviors
    18. About XML and XSLT
    19. Perform server-side XSL transformations in Dreamweaver
    20. Performing client-side XSL transformations in Dreamweaver
    21. Add character entities for XSLT in Dreamweaver
    22. Format code
  13. Cross-product workflows
    1. Installing and using extensions to Dreamweaver
    2. In-App updates in Dreamweaver
    3. Insert Microsoft Office documents in Dreamweaver (Windows only)
    4. Working with Fireworks and Dreamweaver
    5. Edit content in Dreamweaver sites using Contribute
    6. Dreamweaver-Business Catalyst integration
    7. Create personalized email campaigns
  14. Templates
    1. About Dreamweaver templates
    2. Recognizing templates and template-based documents
    3. Create a Dreamweaver template
    4. Create editable regions in templates
    5. Create repeating regions and tables in Dreamweaver
    6. Use optional regions in templates
    7. Define editable tag attributes in Dreamweaver
    8. How to create nested templates in Dreamweaver
    9. Edit, update, and delete templates
    10. Export and import xml content in Dreamweaver
    11. Apply or remove a template from an existing document
    12. Edit content in Dreamweaver templates
    13. Syntax rules for template tags in Dreamweaver
    14. Set highlighting preferences for template regions
    15. Benefits of using templates in Dreamweaver
  15. Mobile and multiscreen
    1. Create media queries
    2. Changing page orientation for mobile devices
    3. Create web apps for mobile devices using Dreamweaver
  16. Dynamic sites, pages and web forms
    1. Understand web applications
    2. Set up your computer for application development
    3. Troubleshoot database connections
    4. Removing connection scripts in Dreamweaver
    5. Design dynamic pages
    6. Dynamic content sources overview
    7. Define sources of dynamic content
    8. Add dynamic content to pages
    9. Changing dynamic content in Dreamweaver
    10. Display database records
    11. Provide and troubleshoot live data in Dreamweaver
    12. Add custom server behaviors in Dreamweaver
    13. Building forms using Dreamweaver
    14. Use forms to collect information from users
    15. Create and enable ColdFusion forms in Dreamweaver
    16. Create web forms
    17. Enhanced HTML5 support for form elements
    18. Develop a form using Dreamweaver
  17. Building applications visually
    1. Build master and detail pages in Dreamweaver
    2. Build search and results pages
    3. Build a record insert page
    4. Build an update record page in Dreamweaver
    5. Building record delete pages in Dreamweaver
    6. Use ASP commands to modify database in Dreamweaver
    7. Build a registration page
    8. Build a login page
    9. Build a page that only authorized users can access
    10. Securing folders in Coldfusion using Dreamweaver
    11. Using ColdFusion components in Dreamweaver
  18. Test, preview, and publish websites
    1. Preview pages
    2. Preview Dreamweaver web pages on multiple devices
    3. Test your Dreamweaver site
  19. Troubleshooting
    1. Fixed issues
    2. Known issues



High-level workflow outlining the design and development of websites using Dreamweaver

This article helps you understand how you can complete various stages or phases of web development using Dreamweaver.


This article assumes that you have a beginner to intermediate level of understanding of the web domain, and HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

  1. The first stage in web development is the planning phase in which you analyze the audience needs, technical, and marketing requirements. You also gather necessary information required for designing and publishing your website and have answers for questions like some of these:

    • Which service provider do I choose for hosting the website? Do I have access to upload files to the publishing server?
    • What domain name is to be used for the website?
    • In case you are migrating existing websites into Dreamweaver, where are the files and assets stored currently? Do I have access to the server where this information is stored?
    • If you want a dynamic website, which server can I use to test if data is being displayed dynamically? Do I have the details of the web application server that I want to use for loading dynamic data?
    • What kind of assets are required for the website?
    • Will these be assets designed from scratch? If the assets are already available, do I have access to them?
    • What apps do I want to use for designing assets?
    • Do I plan to create a responsive website? 

    Assuming that you have a clear understanding of the website you want to develop and how and where you want to host it, and have chosen Dreamweaver and Creative Cloud for the web development process, proceed to the next step.

  2. Check if you have all the assets required for your website. Gather and organize them together in your local folders or in Adobe's Creative Cloud Libraries.

  3. Create a new document in Dreamweaver using:

    • A new blank document,
    • Starter templates packaged with Dreamweaver, or 
    • Template files (*.dwt) created by someone else

    If you are not familiar with Dreamweaver or just learning web development, starter templates are a great help in getting you up and running with designing web pages.

    Even if you are planning to start from scratch, it is a good idea to peek a little into these pages to understand the elements of a good web page design.

  4. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the Dreamweaver workspace. Find a workspace you are comfortable with, and set a color theme. Reorganize the different panels in a way that suits you.

  5. Set up your site in Dreamweaver. Set about creating a folder structure with files and assets. After you’ve organized your information and determined a structure, you can begin creating your site. (See About Dreamweaver sites.)

    At this stage, it is a good idea to also set up connections to remote servers, and set up testing servers (if you have dynamic content). 

  6. Start coding your web pages in Code view, or designing them in Design / Live view.

    If you plan to use Photoshop comps, you can extract them into Dreamweaver and work on them too. For more information on working with Photoshop comps, see Extract in Dreamweaver.

    Add design elements such as text, images, rollover images, image maps, colors, movies, sound, HTML links, tables, and more.

  7. Style the appearance of your web page using CSS. 

    You can work with CSS in different ways in Dreamweaver:

    • You can hand code the CSS. For information on Dreamweaver's coding features that help you hand code your CSS, see Coding environment in Dreamweaver.
    • If you are not very familiar with creating CSS pages, you can use the CSS Designer panel to help build your CSS. For more information, see Laying out pages using CSS Designer.
    • If you prefer to work with Sass and Less files, Dreamweaver supports that option as well, allowing you to bring in Sass and Less files into your Dreamweaver site, and work with them. Dreamweaver then autocompiles them (or you can choose to manually compile them) and see the results of your CSS changes in real time. For information on using Sass and Less files with Dreamweaver, see CSS preprocessors.
  8. Set up a web application for creating dynamic content.

    Many websites contain dynamic pages that allow visitors to view information stored in databases, and usually allow some visitors to add new information and edit information in the databases. To create such pages, you must first set up a web server and application server, create or modify a Dreamweaver site, and connect to a database. For more information, see Dynamic sites, pages and web forms.

  9. Create dynamic pages.

    In Dreamweaver, you can define a variety of sources of dynamic content, including recordsets extracted from databases, form parameters, and JavaBeans components. To add the dynamic content to a page, simply drag it on to the page.

    You can set your page to display one record or many records at a time, display more than one page of records, add special links to move from one page of records to the next (and back), and create record counters to help users keep track of the records. For more information, see Dynamic sites, pages and web forms.

  10. Test, preview, and publish your website. 

    As you create pages, you need to preview them to see that your website is progressing according to the design. You can code in Split view keeping your Code and Live views side-by-side.

    You can also preview web pages in real-time on a browser.

    If you don't need a live preview experience, you can use the regular preview in-browser experience.

    If you have already defined connections to remote servers, then to publish your website, you need to put your files in the remote server to make them live.


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