Making a website with Dreamweaver and Fireworks?

Question by c h r i s t i n e.: Making a website with Dreamweaver and Fireworks?
Hi, I’m trying to make a website with Dreamweaver 8, and Fireworks CS3, but I don’t know how to use them. I don’t know much HTML, and you’re probabally thinking, “than why did you get those programs?” I got them because I thought I could figure it out, by asking someone, and I’m doing that right now. So does anyone have any tutorials, or tips? I don’t know how to use them at all. Thanks alot!

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Answer by pooky254
There are a lot of great books out there, if you can learn by this style. I would recommend the “On Demand” series, because these books are full of pictures and get right to the point without extensive reading. Below are the links for these books at Amazon.

If you are more of a visual type, and would prefer a video format, try www.lynda.com. This site is full of detailed videos where you are taught to use the software by watching it in action as you receive audio explanation, and you can pause them to try it yourself. The site allows some of the videos to be viewed for free, so try those first to see if you like them. If you do, you can pay either by the month or by the year for full access. At $ 25 per month, one month access of all content is cheaper than most books, and you only need to pay for as many months as you want.

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2 Responses to “Making a website with Dreamweaver and Fireworks?”

  1. dominate_01 says:

    Hey,
    lol I know how you feel. At one time I was in the same boat as you. People were telling me that all I had to do to build websites was use a WYSIWYG editor like dreamweaver, golive or frontpage. After a while I got so frustrated I seeked out professional training on them. Heres the truth, I kid you not. Dreamweaver is a web development environment. This means that it is a place where you can build html pages as well as web applicaitons such as PHP scrypts, perl, you name it. It has an integrated library that understands these scripts but does not teach them to you. It assumes you are a professional so it only provides snippets to common scripts and it provides bug fixes which is just a fancy way of saying it scans your code and highlights errors in your scripting.
    It is a awesome tool but it was not designed to replace actually LEARNING THE CODE!!!! At some point in your journey to learning web design you are going to find yourself learning the code. Different browsers interpret code a little differently. The only way to build a site that looks the same way in every browser is to use external styles and other solutions all of which can only be picked up by LEARNING TO CODE!!!

    I beg of you to not make the same mistake i did and end up taking longer to learn to design than I needed. While you’re plucking away at dreamweaver try working in the split view so you can see the code as you design. If nothing else do that!

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