Content Management Systems
Other online resources
Other Dreamweaver books
We didn't have room for this material in the printed book, but it wasn't stuff we wanted to discard, so we're happy to be able to bring it to you here. Just click on the links below to download each chapter as a PDF.
There's a brief excerpt from Chapter 2 of the book on the Peachpit Web site.
Here are some of the sites we recommend:
- Dreamweaver Documentation
- This should be your first stop when looking for answers to a Dreamweaver question (after this book, of course!). This site allows you to search not just Adobe's Dreamweaver resources but also get help from the larger Dreamweaver community. There are also tutorials, videos, articles, and documentation.
- Dreamweaver Exchange
- This is the place to go when you're looking for Dreamweaver add-ons and extensions. At press time, there were more than 1000 items for download.
- Dreamweaver Feeds
- Once you go to the link above, click the link for the Dreamweaver category. This is an aggregator site that lists posts from many people's Dreamweaver-related weblogs and other sites. It's a great way to keep up with the Dreamweaver community.
- Dreamweaver Team Blog
- This blog is written by the Dreamweaver team, which makes it a great place to find out about the latest happenings directly from the people doing the work.
- Dreamweaver Developer Center
- This site has tutorials and sample files focused on the new features of Dreamweaver CS5, and articles that will help you better use Dreamweaver to build your sites. There are also some additional templates and sample layouts if the ones that came with Dreamweaver aren't enough for you.
- Developer Center Cookbook
- Did you come up with a slick way to accomplish something in Dreamweaver and want to tell others about it? Or maybe you're looking for someone else's slick way to accomplish something in Dreamweaver? In either case, Developer Center's Cookbook section is the place you're looking for.
- Dreamweaver Forums
- Adobe's Dreamweaver forums are active and a good place to get help from other knowledgeable users. The Dreamweaver FAQ can also be found here.
- CSS Advisor
- Adobe initially set this up to be a clearinghouse of CSS issues and workarounds. It's had a slow start, but it's worth checking out as a resource.
- Project Seven
- Project Seven is one of the premier developers of Dreamweaver extensions and CSS templates Its Pop Menu Magic extension helps you build extensive pop-up navigation menus for your site with almost no effort. And its CSS templates are great-looking page layouts with an interface that lets you easily add those pages to your site. Besides the paid products, the Project Seven site also contains many tutorials covering CSS, images, navigation, and more.
- Community MX
- Tons of constantly updated content, page templates, tutorials, and extensions, are available on a subscription basis at Community MX, which not only covers Dreamweaver, but other Adobe products. Subscribers get the content at no extra charge; non-subscribers can purchase items à la carte; everyone can sign up for a free trial. The site also has support forums for subscribers, where the site partners guarantee a timely, useful response.
Content Management Systems
Now that Dreamweaver CS5 has solid CMS support, you're likely to want to learn more about them. The three most common—WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal—are all open source, which means that you can download, install, and take a good long look at them without spending a penny. These are our recommended Web sites to start learning about each.
- WordPress started life as blogging software but has grown far beyond that. This is its official Web site.
- KnowIT is WordPress expert Miraz Jordan's blog, and this category contains her WP-related articles and how-to's. She also has ebooks available from the site's bookstore section.
- This is the official Web site of the Drupal Project.
- This is the official Web site for the Joomla! CMS.
- 5 Minute Joomla
- Sometimes when you have a problem, you just want someone to show you exactly how to fix it—and that's the goal of this video tutorial site. If you can spare five minutes, see if the site already has a solution to your Joomla! problem.
Other online resources
You can find interesting and useful help with Dreamweaver and Web sites in general if you go beyond just Web sites.
- Dreamweaver Newsgroup
- Adobe (under the old Macromedia name) has a lively newsgroup for Dreamweaver users. You can use a Web browser to view the newsgroup, but you'll get a better experience with a Usenet newsreader program. Good ones are Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express on Windows, or Microsoft Entourage or Panic Software's Unison on the Mac. If you prefer to use a newsreader program, you can access the newsgroup at news://forums.macromedia.com/macromedia.dreamweaver.
- Dreamweaver Mailing List
- Newsgroups aren't as popular as they once were, so most of the action at the above newsgroup has moved over to the Dreamweaver mailing list. Hosted on Yahoo!, it's a high-volume list that's worth a look.
- Wise-Women Mailing List
- Wise-Women is an online community, with a Web site and an email discussion list. The purpose of the list is to provide women on the Web with a supportive atmosphere to deal with issues of Web development, design and consulting. Wise-Women was founded in 1999 by one of the authors of this book (Dori), and is going strong today. You'll find lots of useful information on the mailing list about using Dreamweaver, among many other subjects. And in case you're wondering, the community is not for women only.
- Creative Edge
- If you're looking for ebooks on Dreamweaver or complementary technologies, Creative Edge has them. Or maybe you prefer videos? Creative Edge has those, too. Or maybe you want a book that isn't available in stores yet? Creative Edge even has those. In fact, as we wrote this appendix, a Rough Cut (a work-in-progress) of this very book was already available for download—legally, too! Creative Edge lets you sample books and videos before you buy them. You can even comment on Rough Cuts, giving authors feedback while they can still do something about it.
- Lynda.com Online Training Library
Other Dreamweaver books
Though the authors would naturally like to think that the book you've got in your hands is all you'll ever need to become a Dreamweaver expert, we recognize that you might just want a bit more information after you've completely devoured this book. There are approximately a million different Dreamweaver books on the market; here are some of the books we think are the best.
- Dreamweaver CS5 Bible
- Joseph Lowery is well known in the Dreamweaver community, and this massive Dreamweaver reference, published by Wiley, shows why. At well over 1000 pages, we think this is perhaps the best comprehensive Dreamweaver reference book available.
- Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 with PHP: Training from the Source
- If you want to learn more about dynamic sites than we could cover in a QuickStart Guide, this book by David Powers is your next stop. Along with its quick introduction to PHP, you'll learn how to work with databases and content management systems.
- Styling Web Pages with CSS: Visual QuickProject Guide
- Why yes, we are plugging another one of our books. This one is a short, sweet introdution to CSS, with lots of examples and color pictures. It's intended for beginners to CSS who want to understand the basics and get up and running. Plus, there are many pictures of alpacas. What more could you ask?
- Designing with Web Standards, 3rd Edition
- Jeffrey Zeldman was one of the earliest and strongest voices evangelizing Web standards, and this book for designers explains the gospel to designers in familiar terms that they understand. This book is best for readers that are already familiar with using CSS to build Web sites. It's another book from New Riders.
- Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design
- This is another beyond-the-basics book, written by Andy Clarke and Molly E. Holzschlag. Both authors have been involved with Web standards for many years, and they bring that cross-platform, cross-browser sensibility to the problem of designing Web sites. This is a book for designers who want to learn how to use CSS to create beautiful sites with exceptional design.