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Migrating from Wordpress to Dreamweaver or Muse?

Hi guys, so I'm thinking I could maybe expand my website skills and not really sure what direction to head in. I have had experience using Wordpress Templates and I have a copy of the Adobe Suite CS6 (only proficient in Illustrator & Photoshop)

Would anyone recommend using Dreamweaver or Muse?

I'd also like to know how to work with HTML5 Templates? But I'm unsure where/what platform I'd use importing these to customize them.

All suggestions welcome! Thanks Treehouse buddies :)

7 Answers

Hayden Taylor
Hayden Taylor
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I suggest NEVER using Dreamweaver. Treehouse also suggests Sublime Text (its amazing) although If your using pc I highly suggest notepad ++. Both are free (sublime if used a lot you should buy it). Note those are text editors and don't offer click and drag things. But all in all what ever you make in Dreamweaver from drag and click will be awful code and most likely look like crap.

With that aside

Your on Treehouse and they do a ground up approach as if you have never even seen a webpage before. So take advantage of that and sit down for an hour a night and hammer through front end development.

Thanks Hayden - I suppose for a ground up approach I could start with 'Web Design', 'Front-End Web Development' or 'PHP Development'

Given my experience so far, any recommendations on a track to start with? Cheers!

I wouldn't start with php, go for the front-end web development first (you'll probably be revising what you already know and learning extras (responsive, html5 and css3, etc.) - that's great! And you'll have a good framework on which to extend your knowledge with javascript, php and so on.

And don't worry about which tool/editor, pick one and forget it! (Sublime is great, Dreamweaver less so, Muse you should ignore, ignore, ignore!)

Haha okay - Dreamweaver and Muse are officially out the window!

I think Dreamweaver used to be known for being rather bad "bloatware" but has improved enormously this past couple of years so if you've got the CC suite have a go with it in code view.

But I think it would be better to get a good knowledge of code in a simpler editor (Sublime, Notepad++, etc.) and come back to Dreamweaver in a few months if you find that it speeds up your workflow.

I think it's so much easier to learn with a simpler editor - you don't have Dreamweaver sitting Gollum-like on your shoulder offering you shortcuts that hamper your learning!

But in experienced hands I think it can be a great timesaver (based on watching someone use it on YouTube, not actual hands-on experience).

(and finally!) Go with what you are comfortable with - take an hour or so to decide on your editor and then pfft, you're good to go. Don't make the mistake* of agonizing over it, wasting valuable hours on this that could be spent learning!

  • This may or may not have been learned from bitter, personal experience... ;-)

Wise words Lisbeth - thanks a bunch!