Dreamweaver is basically the de-facto web design tool of web designers world wide. It is a tool offered by Adobe and like all Adobe tools, is very feature rich and powerful.

The problem with that though, is that it also implies quite a big learning curve.

Dreamweaver is therefore not really the ideal tool to start with for aspiring web designers.

If you want to build your own websites you have to look at the exercise from the following perspectives:

1. Do you want to build a site for yourself or your own business? In other words, this is a once-off exercise and you are not planning on building any more sites. In this case, learning Dreamweaver is really not the best option – you are going to spend a hell of a long time on the learning curve and you are only going to use the skills once. In this case, it is better to rather make use of an online tool or a CMS with a templating system. Examples of online tools offered by hosting companies are RVSitebuilder, or SOHO Sitebuilder. Examples of CMS packages that offer a relatively quick learning curve but still allows you to build a good-looking site is something like WordPress.

2. If you are planning on learning web design as a profession, in other words, you want to become a professional web designer working for a web design company, then learning Dreamweaver is a good idea, since you will use these skills in future. My personal opinion is still that using a CMS tool stuch as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal are better options to build websites, the fact of the matter is that lots of web design companies require you to have Dreamweaver skills, so you might as well go through the learning curve and gain them.

3. If you are planning on doing web design as a profession, but as a freelancer or working for your own company, then by all means gain the Dreamweaver skills on a superficial level since it should give you a good grounding in understanding HTML and CSS, but I would also recommend rather using a CMS type system such as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal to build the client sites since these tool help you to build sites quicker and with more functionality than using Dreamweaver on its own. You can always usefully utilise your HTML and CSS knowledge to expand on the standard templates that come with these tools and provide your client with a unique design.

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