Dreamweaver Dying? Likely Not

Dreamweaver is dying, or so suggested Tom Arah in a PC Pro blog.

He wrote: “The problem is that Dreamweaver is dying…to be fair it’s not Dreamweaver’s fault. Nor is the problem Adobe and its development team — the last Dreamweaver CS4 version was the most impressive release in years.

“The real problem for Dreamweaver and for its users is that the nature of the Web is changing dramatically. Dynamically-generated web applications, from Amazon right down to the humble blog, all offer much more — in-built commenting, voting, RSS feeds, etc. — than the best sites built on static HTML can ever hope to provide.

“This isn’t a matter of bells and whistles, it’s absolutely fundamental. Ultimately a web site is all about content — posting it and making it findable — and Dreamweaver and the other static HTML editors have proven fundamentally flawed when it comes to these two core tasks (and features such as Dreamweaver’s libraries and templates are patches not solutions).”

He went on to state: “The old model of the central webmaster hand-spinning every page of every website and, worse, manually adding the navigation necessary to help users find it, just isn’t scalable or viable. In the relatively near future every website will be a dynamically-generated web application and all of today’s sites built on multiple static pages will be ripped out and replaced.”

In contrast, some of the designers Webcopyplus partners with noted that web designers will continue to need to write and alter templates, write PHP code to add missing functionality, or even write custom CMS — which is all possible through Dreamweaver.

So according to our network of web designers, Dreamweaver remains completely relevant, and will simply continue to evolve to meet needs of new platforms.

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