Dreamweaver Vs. Wordpress

by ThomvP
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Is it better or worse?

Will they both work?

Wich do you use?

Your opinion about it plz!
#dreamweaver #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author Couch2Cage
    What would you be using them for?
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  • Profile picture of the author Eko Ventures
    Well you can't really compare the two to be honest...

    Dreamweaver is an HTML editing tool while Wordpress is a content management system, they don't really fall under the same category, in fact you could use both in unison.

    As for static HTML pages vs Wordpress - I personally go with WP for all my web development these days. It's a powerful CMS that can be used to build pretty much any type of website you want.

    That said if you're proficient with HTML and not PHP/CSS, doing static pages with with Dreamweaver may be the better option. It really comes down to what works best for YOU.
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  • Profile picture of the author will_coq
    Originally Posted by ThomvP View Post

    Is it better or worse?

    Will they both work?

    Wich do you use?

    Your opinion about it plz!
    It depends. Are you good with html code and are you really detailed? If you like to tweak things just right then Dreamweaver is good for you.

    If you are trying to edit a blog rather quickly without entering code. Then you should definitely use Wordpress. Wordpress is a personal favorite although I have been taught to use Dreamweaver. Too lazy to learn code
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve Wells
    These are not even in the same ballpark for comparision......

    One "Dreamweaver" is meant to help you build a website, with lots of functionality. It allows you lots of freedom to design and structure the site the way you want it to look.

    While "Wordpress" is a CMS, content management system, that restricts lots of things in regards to structure and design. Mainly because its a pre-designed, prepackaged system. Unless you actually are a wordpress coder and designer at the same time, then you can if knowledgeable enough, design some great looking sites.

    The reason so many use WP is the supposedly simplicty of it... And the illusion that google likes wordpress better than a html site. Which in my opinion is not really the case.

    Google likes sites that have good order, structure, content, and seo optimization, which can be done with a static html site if they know how to actually design and code a website.
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    • Profile picture of the author hsbinmarket
      Originally Posted by Steve Wells View Post

      These are not even in the same ballpark for comparision......

      One "Dreamweaver" is meant to help you build a website, with lots of functionality. It allows you lots of freedom to design and structure the site the way you want it to look.

      While "Wordpress" is a CMS, content management system, that restricts lots of things in regards to structure and design. Mainly because its a pre-designed, prepackaged system. Unless you actually are a wordpress coder and designer at the same time, then you can if knowledgeable enough, design some great looking sites.

      The reason so many use WP is the supposedly simplicty of it... And the illusion that google likes wordpress better than a html site. Which in my opinion is not really the case.

      Google likes sites that have good order, structure, content, and seo optimization, which can be done with a static html site if they know how to actually design and code a website.
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      • Profile picture of the author hsbinmarket
        WordPress for IM.
        Dreamweaver is better for web development.
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  • Profile picture of the author davewebsmith
    id use youtube for both those products and see if its what you are looking for
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  • Profile picture of the author jamawebinc
    Originally Posted by ThomvP View Post

    Is it better or worse?

    Will they both work?

    Wich do you use?

    Your opinion about it plz!
    Of course they both work.

    Each is better for the job they are meant to do.

    Each is a tool, and just a word of advice...don't fall in love with the tool. The tool is just something to help you reach the end goal.

    I speak from personal experience. You can spend days, if not more just researching this question...

    "Which should I use? Dreamweaver or wordpress? Which is better? Which will bring me more traffic, which will make my website look better? Which will work to bring more money? etc..."

    And before you know it, a week has gone by and you are still weighing your options and haven't done anything.

    If you want a blog or more interactive site, use wordpress.
    If you know dreamweaver and want a less blog-like site, use dreamweaver
    If you are first going to learn one before you use it, use wordpress

    Make the decision within 5-10 mins and go from there.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin AKA Hubcap
      Great advice and I too speak from experience.

      This is not an either/or situation. You can use both.

      Look WP is easy to use but it's not as flexible (unless you're a good php coder) as straight HTML from Dreamweaver or some other WYSWIG editor so if time is of the essence (which it usually is) get WP and go from there.

      I'm not sure why you posted this question but I've posted similar in the past. Knowing the answer was not my primary consideration but avoiding making a decision and moving on was.

      Lamawebinc summed it up nicely for you. Pick one and move on. You'll learn more by your own experiences than you will from varying forum opinions.

      Just my .02

      Kevin


      Originally Posted by jamawebinc View Post

      Of course they both work.

      Each is better for the job they are meant to do.

      Each is a tool, and just a word of advice...don't fall in love with the tool. The tool is just something to help you reach the end goal.

      I speak from personal experience. You can spend days, if not more just researching this question...

      "Which should I use? Dreamweaver or wordpress? Which is better? Which will bring me more traffic, which will make my website look better? Which will work to bring more money? etc..."

      And before you know it, a week has gone by and you are still weighing your options and haven't done anything.

      If you want a blog or more interactive site, use wordpress.
      If you know dreamweaver and want a less blog-like site, use dreamweaver
      If you are first going to learn one before you use it, use wordpress

      Make the decision within 5-10 mins and go from there.
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  • Profile picture of the author ThomvP
    Originally Posted by MEMORIES89 View Post

    wordpress is better only, use it.

    why dreamviewer?
    I did some HTML 2 years back. So I know most of the HTML codes. Enough to design a website entirely the way I would want it to be. But since I'm a total newbie at IM I think the best way for me would be using wordpress. I already spent like a week in research on here. Then again I knew totally NOTHING about IM. I think I got a pretty good grasp now so I'm gonna do some research on a good niche (wich is pretty hard to think of the first time) and then start a Wordpress site since I want a site to be online asap and learn what work and what doesnt. Trail and error like mentioned many times on here.

    Thanks alot for all the replies! Helped alot Great forum!

    If you have any tips left they are always welcome!
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    • Profile picture of the author vision2000
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  • Profile picture of the author mr2monster
    Different tools for different jobs.

    You're talking about a hammer and a screwdriver...

    Sure you could use a screwdriver to bang in a nail, but why would you?

    Figure out what you want to do, then figure out what tools to need to do it.
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  • Profile picture of the author thebitbotdotcom
    That is like saying what is better, a hammer or a screwdriver.

    They are both great. It just depends on what tool you need.

    Wordpress is great for creating blogs and basic static sites.

    Joomla is great for creating powerful static sites.

    Dreamweaver is great for creating web pages in HTML, PHP or any of the other coding styles.
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  • A marketer probably wouldn't use Dream weaver as it's not the best tool for the job. WordPress is easy to learn, easy to install, and there are a ton of plugins that make it nearly infinitely extensible.
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  • Profile picture of the author mbitsol
    Dreamweaver is an HTML editing tool and WP is a CMS they both are in different category you can use both if you want to. If you don't like to do coding then go for WP.
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    Photoshop vs Gmail
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    Apples vs socks.

    I swear this question comes up every month.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Absolutely wrong question. Things belonging to different categories cannot be compared...
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Copeland
    I agree... very different tools... maybe the actual question is HTML v Wordpress?

    In that debate I have found time and time again that sites that aren't updated often stay in the rankings better in HTML and ones that have constant updates so more 'blog' like stay up better with wordpress...

    I actually converted a bunch of my Wordpress sites to HTML the other week and they already show signs of improving rankings... go figure.
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  • Profile picture of the author msu
    If you're planning to have any more than ten pages you'll find it a lot easier to manage with WordPress.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketerpro
    As others have said, you're making an apples to oranges comparison. One is platform to build a blog. The other is the premium web designers tool. ..and one is free (wp) while the other costs hundreds of dollars.
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  • Profile picture of the author jmartinez
    As others have pointed out they are two different things. With that said, I don't use wordpress for anything. Not that it is a bad product or anything, but it's a proprietary tool that if you use it enough you may become dependent on using it. I use a text editor (jedit) and firebug (the firefox add on) for just about everything.
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  • Assuming you're looking to make money and not get crazy with graphic design and scripting, Wordpress is definitely the better of the 2.

    The thing I like best about wordpress (other than that its 100% free) is the ease of use and ability to add as many plugins as you want without the need to know programming.

    In addition, Wordpress is naturally SEO friendly which means you can get your content ranked with very little effort.
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  • Profile picture of the author Des Lau
    Umm, is this a trick question? OP, I suggest you try wordpress vigorously and then come back and ask the question again
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  • Profile picture of the author jasono
    They do not fall in the category to be compared of. You are like asking what water tastes. Wordpress is a CMS while dreamweaver is an HTML editing tool. Both works for what they are intended.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    Wordpress by a long stretch. They both can make websites, but Wordpress is much faster, much easier, and overall efficient.

    I used Dreamweaver myself for about 7 years, never became a pro at using it, and still today I don't know how to do at least 75% of what is capable of. Wordpress it took me about 2 weeks to learn almost ALL of what it does.

    Second I moved over to Wordpress I realized I was an idiot, and that I'd never use Dreamweaver again. That is unless I need a really original custom build site.. which is very rare.

    UNLESS you want to learn all the fun exciting things about how to program the longest, most boring code you can, go with WORDPRESS! Dreamweaver just robs the fun out of building websites.

    -Red
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    • Profile picture of the author Dolphin77
      Originally Posted by RedShifted View Post

      Wordpress by a long stretch. They both can make websites, but Wordpress is much faster, much easier, and overall efficient.

      I used Dreamweaver myself for about 7 years, never became a pro at using it, and still today I don't know how to do at least 75% of what is capable of. Wordpress it took me about 2 weeks to learn almost ALL of what it does.

      Second I moved over to Wordpress I realized I was an idiot, and that I'd never use Dreamweaver again. That is unless I need a really original custom build site.. which is very rare.

      UNLESS you want to learn all the fun exciting things about how to program the longest, most boring code you can, go with WORDPRESS! Dreamweaver just robs the fun out of building websites.

      -Red
      The answer is WordPress. I agree with RedShifted as the best answer. All answers were ok. WordPress is much quicker, easier and cheaper to build a WebSite. The best WordPress Framework is Catalyst then Dynamik for Genesis with the Genesis Framework, - with either of these you can design any type of website. Their are loads of plugins that enable WordPress to do anything but the best ones are not free, but overall still cheaper than Dreamweaver.
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      • Profile picture of the author TheEye
        Most people can make complex fully optimized sites, using Wordpress, fairly quickly.

        To get the same result using Dreamweaver would probably need at least 5 years of experience programing.

        If you are not a programmer the only choice you have is Wordpress.

        If you are a programmer with the required skills, then you can ask the following question.

        Can I get Wordpress to do what I need done or will I have to spend the time hand making a web site to do this?
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        Originally Posted by Dolphin77 View Post

        The answer is WordPress. I agree with RedShifted as the best answer. All answers were ok. WordPress is much quicker, easier and cheaper to build a WebSite. The best WordPress Framework is Catalyst then Dynamik for Genesis with the Genesis Framework, - with either of these you can design any type of website. Their are loads of plugins that enable WordPress to do anything but the best ones are not free, but overall still cheaper than Dreamweaver.
        So you decided to dig up this old thread just to say that?

        Original post date - 02-12-2011
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  • Profile picture of the author Terry Crim
    If you want to focus on the content and marketing products then Wordpress.

    If you want to develop wordpress themes or create your own Content Management System or just have a basic one page site with no extra files or clutter then Dreamweaver would be a good choice if you are into the techy side of thngs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Guru_Marketing
    I used both - Dreamweaver is for more static websites, but Wordpress is the better solution for any kind of websites.




    Originally Posted by ThomvP View Post

    Is it better or worse?

    Will they both work?

    Wich do you use?

    Your opinion about it plz!
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  • Profile picture of the author Willie Crawford
    I use both. Most of my websites are now on the WordPress
    platform, with custom designed themes. When I need a
    very precise page layout I do it in DreamWeaver, and then
    paste it into WordPress.

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    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      Hello

      I have used both. I currently use WP because I decided to be a lemming and jump with everyone else.

      My next move will be to Website Design Software (XSitePro) From what I have read so far this program will be 10 times better that any WP site, I will be able to create Sales/Landing pages without having to buy $100.00 stand alone themes such as OP, or expensive plugins.

      You can do more with this than WP, my opinion.

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      • Profile picture of the author serryjw
        AG What do you know that I don't?? I have been waiting for the update version of XSitePro for months...I love the program but won't spend $300 for something that is so outdated with little support and no thriving online community.
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        • Profile picture of the author igorGriffiths
          HTML for creating funnels and WordPress for creating sites with dynamic content.

          I'm with Mr Perez on using WordFence plugin as the problem with using WordPress or any similarly popular service is that each vulnerability has scalable potential for the hackers due to that popularity.
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        • Profile picture of the author agmccall
          Originally Posted by serryjw View Post

          AG What do you know that I don't?? I have been waiting for the update version of XSitePro for months...I love the program but won't spend $300 for something that is so outdated with little support and no thriving online community.
          I guess I do not know, I have only been reading about it lately and thought it was a good option. I use dreamweaver, but not for sites now, If there were some easier way to add content with a dreamweaver site I would go that route. I guess I had better take a closer look at xsite

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          • Profile picture of the author serryjw
            Paul ( owner) is ill and is working on hiring a designer/GM to run the show. I posted the job months back on Warrior. I agree it looks great but it needs to be updated. I think it really is perfect for me the way it is EXCEPT it is not worth $300. The community is almost gone because they demand more than XPro is offering. I am going to buy 90secondwebsitebuilder.com, try it for free for 30 days.
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    i go for wordpress! user friendly indeed! woooohooo!
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  • Profile picture of the author carnal
    I do not really know much about Dreamweaver.

    Wordpress is probably miles ahead of any other alternatives, it has thousands of plug-in
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  • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
    Dreamweaver for creating small 5-10 page static sites that won't change much.

    WordPress for everything else. Correction...WordPress + WordFence plugin because security attacks on WP sites are getting ridiculous.
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  • Profile picture of the author cferfland247
    This two different tools works differently for you. WordPress has almost everything ready for you but if you gonna use Dreamweaver, you will have to made everything your self.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick
    Looking at the question and some of the replies here, I can do nothing but just laugh...

    This should be the thread of the day like WSO of the day..

    or maybe thread of the millennium, since this question was asked in 2011, and people are answering in 2013
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    • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
      Originally Posted by Patrick View Post

      Looking at the question and some of the replies here, I can do nothing but just laugh...

      This should be the thread of the day like WSO of the day..

      or maybe thread of the millennium, since this question was asked in 2011, and people are answering in 2013
      Kinda thinking the same thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author january14n
    The answer will depend on how familiar you are with those platforms. I am not familiar on how to use Dreamweaver and on the other hand I think it is easy to understand how Wordpress works.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Clark
    If finance and time is a deciding factor I would go with Word Press. It is included in many hosting solutions and the learning curve very small to get a site up and running. Google likes any site that is regularly updated with relevant information. Since Word Press is the No. 1 blogging solution, it does encourage frequent updates, hence google apparently liking Word Press.

    Dreamweaver on the other hand costs a significant amount to buy and is extremely powerful. The learning curve is proportionately steeper. However, if you love web design and slick looking sites, then Dreamweaver is one of the best tools you can get.

    My advice would be to keep things as simple as possible until you have to upgrade.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Ning Lo
    Dreamweaver all the way if you're a talented web developer.

    Else use wordpress

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    I just found this in one of my newsletters. This maybe a great compromise. Would like an opinion from everyone.
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  • Profile picture of the author eserling
    If you can read code like a book then go with Dreamweaver. If you're looking for an easier way to setup and edit a less complicated website then you should use Wordpress and all the plugins that community has to offer.
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  • Profile picture of the author FostinWD
    mmm not sure if they are comparable. But if you have a knowledge of HTML, and you need to build a website, using worpdress can be faster to build one. It's even better when it comes to adding great functionalities to your site, like contact forms or other stuff by just activating plugins.

    With dreamweaver you need to CODE to add special stuff... and you need to be more experienced on adding code in the markup.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charanjit
    just to throw a spanner into the conversation, what about joomla, its not quite as good as dream weaver but gives more options than wordpress.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
      Originally Posted by Charanjit View Post

      just to throw a spanner into the conversation, what about joomla, its not quite as good as dream weaver but gives more options than wordpress.
      I'll throw a spanner in:

      Dreamweaver is a code editing application

      Wordpress is a blogging platform

      Joomla is a CMS.

      They are all different. It's like saying, which is better? FireFox or Photoshop?
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