If you run an offline business, sooner or later, you will want to scale and find a solution that would help you expand your business. Without a doubt, one of the best options you can choose is establishing a website for your business, no matter if it is small, medium, or large. And of course, you can face the question of what platform to use to ensure the outstanding look and seamless performance of the site.
Fortunately, this copy offers a comprehensive overview of two options used to create a website: Dreamweaver vs. WordPress. Although they both allow building the site, they are still totally different tools. So, we’ve prepared this overview and comparison to give you a clear vision of their distractions and help to opt for the one that would perfectly suit your needs.
Let’s delve deep into the topic.
In simple terms, Dreamweaver is an instrument used for creating websites known as a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. It’s also sometimes called a simple HTML editor. It is one of the Adobe products, and people mistakenly think it works the same as any other Adobe software. But, after trying to work in Dreamweaver website builder, they understand that it is completely different.
The idea of the tool is to allow users to work in a visual design interface while the editor writes the lines of code in background mode. One can leverage any type of workspace elements and doesn’t even know what’s going on in the background. After completing the layout for the whole site, all you’ll have to do is access the HTML and CSS codes as well as graphic files. As soon as you upload them to the web server, the latter will become generally accessible.
Like any other software, Dreamweaver has its own pros and cons which we’ll consider further.
Unlike Dreamweaver, WordPress runs on a live web server. When considering its definition, one may find that it is an open-source content management and blogging system based on MySQL and PHP. WordPress has been developed to bring a new way to look at website building. A short learning curve and simplified process of site creation make it a perfect solution even for non-techies.
For those of you who want to dive deeper into the platform, there is an opportunity to get under the hood of WordPress, get the source code, and apply whatever changes you need.
As soon as you install WordPress on the server, it’s high time to start creating website pages and fill them with different types of content. All this can be done through the WP back-end dashboard. Among other things, there’s a chance to publish, unpublish, or leave the content as a draft. Further, you will find the advantages of using WordPress for setting up a website along with the drawbacks you should also be ready for.
Because you already have a rough idea of the two platforms, it’s high time to move on to the major question: “WordPress vs. Dreamweaver: which one to choose?” Let’s take a closer look at the comparison to find the answer.
Dreamweaver is not for non-techies at all. Let us explain. If you don’t have coding knowledge, you will simply not be able to set up a website properly. Before using Dreamweaver, you will have to learn HTML and CSS. Only after that, can you try an HTML editor. Without this knowledge, Dreamweaver will be absolutely confusing for you.
The same cannot be said for WordPress, which comes with a shorter learning curve. Sure, having a basic understanding of HTML is better for you when you start building a website with WordPress. Although, if you are a non-techie, you can still cope with installing and managing WP with the help of multiple tutorials and guides.
Think about any of the platforms from the client’s perspective. Would you like to deal with something that you can’t handle or choose an option that is easy to use? I’m not sure you want to call the support line for every single edit done to the site.
While Dreamweaver is a desktop-based code editor which doesn’t even guarantee good SEO, WordPress comes with built-in SEO keywords, different kinds of tags, and allows installing third-party plugins like Yoast, All in One, etc. for SEO optimization.
Establishing a WordPress website doesn’t really take that much time. All you have to do is just buy a domain name, get hosting, install WordPress, theme, necessary plugins, and you are done. The rest of the time you can devote to customizing the site, preparing content, working on SEO, and adding analytics tools. Like mentioned before, Dreamweaver requires quite a time-consuming coding process.
With a new feature like the Fluid Grid Layout added to Dreamweaver, it is now possible to create a responsive design in visual mode. Meanwhile, WordPress ensures creating a mobile-friendly and responsive design by default. You don’t have to spend a lot of effort to make your site adapt to all popular devices.
You can use different types of add-ons to add new features to Dreamweaver: extensions for re-formatting tables, connecting to back-end databases, writing scripts for browsers, or building sliders. Most of the extensions can be found on Adobe Exchange.
WordPress boasts a wide collection of plugins and extensions for advanced functionality of the site. You can locate them on WordPress.org directory or use premium plugins from third-party suppliers.
Both Dreamweaver and WordPress have free and premium templates and themes. You can choose any of them and further customize them in the editor, no matter what it is: HTML or Elementor editor.
Everyone knows that Adobe products are costly, and Dreamweaver is no exception. Dreamweaver will cost you $240 to $600 a year excluding expenses for web hosting.
On the contrary, WordPress is absolutely free to use. Two things you’ll have to take care of and purchase include a domain name for a website and a reliable hosting provider.
The thing is that you can code anything with Dreamweaver. In the case of a blog, you will have to create a static website with all the pages needed that would imitate the blog. Because Dreamweaver does not have a native commenting system, you’ll probably have to incorporate some kind of PHP program into the code to allow people to leave their feedback.
From the very beginning, WordPress was developed as a blogging platform. With that being said, it has everything needed to start a blog or implement blog functionality to a personal or business project. Aside from built-in blog options, one can also choose from the myriad of premium plugins meant to integrate a blog into the site.
Even though there are enough eCommerce platforms on the market, the confident leader is WooCommerce. This is an extension specifically developed for WordPress, so it becomes quite obvious why it is the most popular among online store owners.
Again, you can code anything with Dreamweaver, although, you’ll have to use some additional tools to make a full-fledged eCommerce site. We recommend considering Adobe Business Catalyst in this case while it is a package deal eCommerce hosting solution that can be easily integrated into DW.
|Ease of Use||Coding skills and technical knowledge are mandatory||Coding skills and technical knowledge are recommended, but not mandatory|
|Target Audience||Professionals only||Non-techies, newbies, and professionals|
|SEO & Speed||Does not ensure good SEO
Coding and back-end development are time-consuming
|Provides SEO instruments like keywords, alt tags and titles by default; allows leveraging additional plugins to improve SEO
Establishing the site does not take much time
|Design||Allows creating responsive design using Fluid Grid Layout feature||Ensures responsive and mobile-friendly design by default|
|Extensions||Offers extensions on Adobe Exchange||Offers plugins, add-ons, and extensions on WordPress.org repository|
|Themes||Free and premium templates||Free and premium themes|
|Pricing||$240-600||Free to use if not including expenses necessary to get a domain name and hosting provider|
|Blog Functionality||Enables creating a static website, adding all the needed pages, links, etc. which would imitate the blog||Enables implementing blog functionality|
|eCommerce Features||Allows creating any sort of web application including eCommerce||Allows creating an online store using WooCommerce or Ecwid plugins|
Even though both Dreamweaver and WordPress help to build a website, they are still very distinct. While even non-techies can set up a website with WP, they will not cope well with Dreamweaver without coding skills and technical knowledge. Before choosing one of the platforms for your upcoming project, consider your goals, budget, and the time you have to devote to the project.
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