Among the notable innovations in web development is the rise of Content Management Systems like Wordpress and Joomla. These platforms allow users to create, update and manage their own blogging websites. Because these sites usually are made up of multiple, interlocking files, creating them has often been tedious and prone to error for new users. However, Dreamweaver CS5 changes that, thanks to the Live View integrated browser. Follow these instructions to easily design and publish a blog with Dreamweaver.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Computer with Internet access
Visit the CMS website of your choice, download it, and install it to your server (see Resources below for links). If you have a CMS installation, skip this step.
Open your installation of Dreamweaver and configure your FTP to point to your web server. Click "Site" on the top menu, then "New Site." Name the site anything you choose, then set the "Local Site Folder" to your local CMS folder. Go to the "Advanced Settings" tab and set the web URL to your online CMS. Then click the "Servers" tab and input the relevant FTP information. This typically consists of your web address, username and password. Click "Save."
Open your index.php file. A bar above the page will ask for permission to discover related files. Click "Discover," and click "Yes" to the dialogue box that opens immediately afterward. Dreamweaver will scan your site for any template files related to your index. The default view won't be able to display the dynamic page, so click "Live View" when prompted, and your current theme will render in your browser.
Use Dreamweaver's built-in CSS and HTML editing features to build a dynamic website that fits your exact specifications. Advanced CSS will be able to build from a minimal framework, while beginners may choose to apply their own unique stamp to a free template.
Save and upload your file once completed, and check the finished result in your browser.
Tips and warnings
- Always make backup copies before editing your themes.
- Every major CMS has a directory of free themes available on its website. Browse them for inspiration when creating your own.
- Each CMS has its own set of installation instructions, and some are more difficult than others. Read carefully through the entire process before beginning.
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