Dreamweaver and WordPress – a workflow

WordPress is, undeniably, the most popular CMS in use today. With the lion’s share of the market (47.5% of the top 10k sites, according to BuiltWith.com), vast array of templates and plug-ins, not to mention an ever-evolving ease-of-use, WordPress offers a direct route to a wide spectrum of site destinations. But what if you don’t want to go exactly where a WordPress template says you should? What if your client—or your own personal design sense—requires a custom online presence? Then let me introduce you to the best design and coding partner WordPress never knew it had: Dreamweaver CC.

wordpress-editing-in-dreamweaver-designs-by-ronWhat does Dreamweaver bring to the table that makes it so well-suited to WordPress development? The key is the combination of Live View and PHP support. WordPress is a PHP/MySQL framework and Dreamweaver’s ability to process the server-side language is critical. Dreamweaver’s Live View executes the PHP code, integrates the MySQL data, and displays the output HTML5 and CSS 3 design with browser-compatible precision—all while keeping everything interactive and editable.

WordPress is an incredibly complex templating application that depends on almost 100 included and interwoven separate files to generate a single page. How do I know this? Just open an index.php file from a WordPress site root and give Dreamweaver the go-ahead to discover dynamically related files. You’ll soon see a multitude of available files—PHP, CSS, JavaScript, and XML—atop the Document Window in the Related Files toolbar. And Dreamweaver not only gives you access to each and every one of them, but processes them all and presents the rendered result faithfully. Very powerful.

Read the full article Establishing a Dreamweaver CC and WordPress Workflow