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Dreamweaver Web Space

WYSIWYG HTML editors like Adobe Dreamweaver have existed for ages, but have long had a reputation for being clunky and basic—and producing hard-to-work-with, inelegant HTML. Modern versions of Dreamweaver have solved these problems, though, allowing their good points to shine through.

Adobe Dreamweaver provides a simple, easy-to-use graphical interface for website creation. You can see what you’re doing instead of trying to visualize lines and lines of HTML in your head. For less technical users, you can make great-looking sites without writing any HTML at all. For more advanced users, you can quickly draft a design using the GUI before touching things up by hand.

Which isn’t to say that Dreamweaver is flawless. For starters, it’s Adobe software, which means that it’s pricey. The considerable license fees can place it out of reach for many personal or small business users. But while cheaper (or free) competitors exist, their results pale in comparison with Dreamweaver’s. These are perfectly usable for people who intend to do most of the work by hand, but if you intend to work primarily through the GUI, Dreamweaver is uncontested.

If you’ve got the funds, though, it’s a great option for creating your website. The next step is finding web space. What does this mean for someone who isn’t well-versed in website creation?

Dreamweaver produces websites powered by HTML5 and CSS3. This means that you don’t have any real special requirements in terms of features that your web space needs to provide; there’s little to no server-side work being done by your pages. Robust PHP support or a good number of MySQL databases can still be useful if you intend to run software packages alongside your content, but you can get away with fairly little in this regard.

The most important thing is simply that you find good general-purpose web space. As long as you can upload vanilla HTML pages, a website created in Dreamweaver will work fine. Prioritize bandwidth and disk space; the vast majority of sites can derive some benefit from having access to more of those resources, so—absent any other, more specific needs—you should be looking into the best package you should get for your budget there.

Don’t go for something completely bare-bones, though. You do want to be able to expand to use other functions later if needed. One important thing is that you’ll want to be able to run some server-side scripts, such as PHP, later on.

Once you’ve got your web space in order, uploading your pages should be simple and easy. Most hosts feature user-friendly control panels, powered by solutions like cPanel and VistaPanel. These include online file managers that will allow you to upload files to your account from your web browser.

For most web hosts, you can also use dedicated FTP software such as the open-source FileZilla. This is fairly simple. You input the username, password, and FTP server you were given by your host, connect, and move your files as needed.

With good web hosts, you’ll be able to design your website in Dreamweaver, upload your files, and visit your site at its web address and test it in your browser before putting out links for the world to see.