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7 Essential Dreamweaver Features that make life a whole lot easier for designers/developers.

 Dreamweaver (DW) is web development software, made by Adobe, that lets web developers code,

dreamweaver generated code

test, run, and preview their programs within minutes. This web development software has tons of features and We’ll explore some of these in this blog.Most of these features are guaranteed to make your Web Development life much easier.

The top 7 features of Dreamweaver IDE:

1. Code Minimization

Whenever you are coding a web page that consists of more than hundreds, and even thousands, of codes, you may get overwhelmed and lost while navigating through different sections of the page. The Dreamweaver code minimization [-] feature makes it easier for you to select a chunk of code and, well, minimize them, so that you don’t have to bother with it until you decide to use (expand) it.

2. Code Formatting

While creating a web project, particularly the bigger ones, it’s not uncommon to see your code and its structure get tangled, disorganized, and clutterred. This clutter may not cause you problems straight away, but later on, especially during code editing and debugging phase, you will definitely wrack you brain because you can’t seem to locate different sections of codes inside the page. But with Dreamweaver’s ‘code formatting’ feature, order is re-established.

Here’s how you format code: Select the chunk of code, and under the ‘Commands’ menu at the top, click on the ‘Apply Source Formatting’ and viola, everything looks clean, organized, and clutter free!

3. Code Navigator

Dreamweaver offers a user-friendly and easy to understand interface development environment (IDE) to code projects, build apps, and create websites. Code navigator, for example, tells you exactly where you are in the site, and above all, styles important elements surrounding it, making it easier for you to navigate around the murky and complex algorithms inside the page.

4. Code Snippets

Web developers frequently use scripts and small programs (code snippets) that intermix together to create a giant working engine. Although coding each of these code snippets would be fun, why not use Dreamweaver’s built-in snippets instead. Not only will you save tons of time, but you’ll also utilize DW to its maximum.

5. Insert Menu

Just like code snippet, DW also offers ‘insert menu’ option that has a bunch of cool pre-written codes to integrate small applications into your web project. For instance, to make your web page SEO-friendly, you can use the meta keyword option, or insert web form and its elements (radio buttons, text fields, hidden fields, and so on) for contact us page, or create a smooth rollover navigation bar. You really don’t have to Google every time you require to use small and simple codes, DW has it all… and its recommended you use ’em!

6. Easily Find Embedded Files

If there are any Stylesheets or JavaScripts you have referenced in the web page, then the new DW IDE will help you access them, easily! This means that you no longer have to open dozens of tabs all at once. Instead, you just have to open the right one, and you’re good to go!

7. Find Replace Tool

During web development, you end up in situations where you might want to add a class to a bunch of list, or remove the class all together from all the files. Instead of opening every single file, all you do is use the Find and Replace tool, select the folder where you want DW to look for the matches, and look…you’re done!

8. Bonus: Live View

Developers often need to see a preview of their coding right away! And opening up the browser and checking for the change would be frustrating sometimes. Don’t worry! DW will let you preview your work live, and also shows the changes right away! Amazing, isn’t it?

To learn more tricks and tips that will make your programming life much easier you can consider joining our Dreamweaver training course.

Call yourself a Web Designer? Then you must learn CSS!

By Alex White

You know, there are loads of WYSIWYG web design programs out there that claim to turn you into a “pro”. Nothing could be further than the truth. What these programs do is give you a bunch of templates and all you do is replace the images and text. You wanna call yourself a designer with this? I should hope not.

The joy of origination

Sometimes the easy option turns out to be the harder option in the long run. One can go on using the same old tired templates that other ignorant folk use. Wouldn’t it be great if you can sketch out a web page layout on paper and then it automatically generates your web site? You know it would!

This is where it is crucial to know how to use CSS. It has been said that CSS is harder to get your head around than using tables for layout, but I think that it is the other way around. For me, and I’m sure you’ll find it for yourself, CSS layouts are so much easier to once you know how. Really? Okay, with tables I personally found that it was difficult to get precise measurements – regardless of setting table widths and so on. I’d check my tables in different browsers only to see it displayed wrong in either Internet Explorer or Firefox. Bah! CSS is not without problems, but I have found that the problems can be easier to identify and fix. One can do much more in CSS than in tables.

So I took Futuretrend‘s Dreamweaver intro course and Dreamweaver Next Step course. This certainly opened up my mind to the power of CSS based design. CSS design is so lean and clean. CSS based websites are more favoured by search engines as such,they are much more accessible than table based sites.


Why not take the CSS challenge yourself? Why not endeavour to make your site accessible to the max? Trust me, learning CSS is one of the best things I’ve done towards my career as a Web Designer. Now when I look at web design magazines I’m able to understand the tutorials; whereas before I’d struggle to understand them.

You still want to hang on to your substandard WYSIWYG web design program? That’s right, throw it in the trash! Get your pencil and sketch pad out, draw a unique layout for your site then realize it in CSS and Dreamweaver.