Suggestions for a web design program that is as good or better than Dreamweaver?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by iansilv, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. iansilv macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2007
    Anyone switched away from Dreamweaver because of the new subscription plan? Anyone have a suggestion for a program that is as good or better, or at least comes close to Dreamweaver that is a one-time purchase?
    Thank you
  2. iansilv thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2007
    Also, I really just need it for the local file editing / preview / sync to server aspect, nothing really for coding. I don't want to have to edit <p> tags by hand in a text editor when I get new content from a writer.
  3. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2014
    Dreamweaver has no longer been relevant for years so you should certainly move way from it. Professional web developers have long ago moved to, or stayed with, text/code editors such as Sublime, Brackets, BBedit, etc., and laymen web content editors and bloggers have moved to using the WYSIWYG editors within Content Management Systems (CMSs) such as Drupal, WordPress, WIX, Squarespace, etc.

    Therefore, do yourself a favor and save some cash by either learning HTML5 and adopting a free editor like Brackets or moving your website to a CMS that includes an integrated WYSIWYG editor. If we are all lucky, Dreamweaver produced websites will soon die a rapid death alongside of those that use Adobe Shockwave or Adobe Flash.
  4. applelover4u macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2012
    hum i was thinking the same thing but some people on here say dreamweaver is the only way to go in the professional world.
  5. 2457244 macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2015
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Depends on what you're looking for.

    There's the easy to use products like
    Rapidweaver, Sandvox or macFlux

    There's the blog content, that wordpress excels at, then there's products like Coda 2 and of course DreamWeaver.
  7. Roeselare macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2015
    Roeselare Belgium
    I totally agree: Sandvox for WYSIWYG and maybe Adobe Muse (if you want to stick with Adobe).
  8. applelover4u macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2012
    So you all are saying to skip learning dreamweaver at this point?
  9. Roeselare macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2015
    Roeselare Belgium
    I have the complete CS6 suite.
    Dreamweaver is for a lot of reasons no more compatible for nowadays websites. I use Dreamweaver for quick editing code, that's all.
    I think you heard a few good answers to your problem. Or you plunge into learning html5 and css (I wouldn't) or look for a cms system with your host. For the rest: you can use so many alternatives: Sandvox, RapidWeaver, Wordpress and so on.
    If you want to sniff a bit of coding: go to Adobe Muse CC 2015. Download a trial and see if if it's something for you. There are tutorials for all the above mentioned programs on YouTube, as well for Adobe Muse.
  10. iansilv thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 2, 2007
    Just bought Coda 2- messign around with it. So far it is great. I'll update here with some more impressions.
  11. Helpfixit macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2015
    Coda 2 is excellent, Infinitely better than Dreamweaver IMHO.
  12. cool11 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2006
    I wish this way to be more straightforward.
    Giving the fact that the mainstream and the majority of hosting servers provide full and somehow limited support on only a few cms solutions, so lets say...wordpress and joomla,
    I wonder how easy is to suggest to someone 'take a cms with integrated WYSIWYG support', when he will hit on the wall of the hosting provider.

    I really want to move on from dreamweaver to other modern solutions,
    I can't give up the flexibility of visual design and take precise visually control of every element of my pages,
    or be a programmer to learn 'frameworks' of new cms systems, just to obtain again this old visual wysiwyg ability that I have for decades....
    And please tell me if I am wrong...
  13. G4DPII macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2015
    You are not wrong, it was pig ignorant to suggest something like that 2 years ago and it still is today. People maybe able to code but most can't design a decent looking web page for toffee.

    WYSIWYG editors that server providers have are still carp and provide nothing like the range of options you get from a more sophistacated piece of software.

    In many you can't do basic things.

    Until the day server hosts provide fully dunctioning editors - not the carp they currently do - relying purely on a CMS solution would be foolish.
  14. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Haha!! Fell for the dead post. Please forgive this...
  15. applelover4u macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2012
    Its alive!
  16. cool11 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2006

    So, it is difficult to understand all this chatting that web site creation software is obsolete.
    I understand that modern cms gives you many capabilities right from the start, but where is the drag-n-drop visual design and editing, to precisely build your site, without being a programmer learning frameworks?
    I mean, you get one thing, you lose one thing, from the perspective of a simple or even intermediate user.

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