I’ll compare WordPress vs Dreamweaver, explaining what each of them are, what they’re used for, and what you should use to create a website in 2020.
- What is WordPress?
- Why Would I Use WordPress?
- What is Dreamweaver?
- Why Would I Use Dreamweaver?
- WordPress vs Dreamweaver
What is WordPress?
I’ll begin to cover WordPress, as I have a suspicion more of my readers will have heard about WordPress over Dreamweaver.
So what is WordPress, and when would you use it?
WordPress is a content management system, or CMS for short. A CMS is used to store content in a database, like this very article that you’re reading right now.
It then displays that content to be displayed on a website, again like SitesMonster.
A CMS ties together all of the components you need in order to power a dynamic website or blog. These being:
- PHP code
- Website theme
- SEO tools
If you want an out-of-the-box website solution, then WordPress is a fantastic solution.
Why Would I Use WordPress?
You would use WordPress to create a blog or website with dynamic content.
I emphasize the phrase dynamic content as you could absolutely use static HTML to build a website. In fact, a lot of people still opt for static HTML sites, especially in 2020.
In most cases, if you just need a website to display some simple information and pictures, then static HTML is what you need.
I’ve written a comparison between HTML and WordPress, so if you’re interested, check that out as it might be what you’re looking for!
A static HTML page will always display faster in a web browser than WordPress, however, there are limitations to just using static HTML.
Limitations such as not being able to display dynamic data to different users when they view the same page on your website.
Facebook, for example, displays a dynamic feed of all of your friends’ activity.
If you just want to quickly and easily create a blog and get writing, then you’ll absolutely want to use a tool like WordPress.
I use WordPress for SitesMonster.
Even though I’ve been a web developer for over ten years, I still use WordPress as my go-to tool to build and manage a blog.
Because it takes a lot of the manual coding, processes, and heartache out of building your own blog.
Out of the box, WordPress allows me to create new posts, pages, categories, tags, and even extend the capability of my WordPress site easily through installing plugins.
So, if all you want to do is create a blog and get writing, WordPress is your go-to tool.
Little known fact. WordPress powers 30% of the internet, and that many websites can’t be wrong!
If you’re looking to quickly get started with a new WordPress blog, I can’t recommend SiteGround enough. They’re cheap, reliable, and incredible fast.
I’d appreciate it if you browsed SiteGround’s WordPress hosting plans, as by doing so, you’ll be helping me continue to run SitesMonster.
What is Dreamweaver?
Now that’s a name that takes me back to when I first started learning web development…
I must have been about 12 when Dreamweaver was first released (1997), and I still remember installing a trial version of it on my PC.
I was a few years into learning HTML, and the web design community on the internet was ablaze with a new tool called Dreamweaver.
It had a full drag-and-drop page builder experience. An experience that’s common these days with tools like Squarespace and Wix.
It was meant to revolutionize web development.
In some ways, it did change the web development landscape. For the first time ever (not forgetting Microsoft Frontpage, of course), non-developers could create websites without writing a single line of code.
Dreamweaver does a pretty great job for the most part.
However, coding is nuanced, and web browsers do not always play nice (I’m looking at you, Internet Explorer).
Therefore, a lot of the website built with Dreamweaver were, at the time, riddled with bugs.
The hardcore web design community shunned Dreamweaver, believing it to be finicky, bug-ridden, and not flexible enough compared to coding a website by hand.
They believed that nothing could beat building a website manually by writing the code yourself. It allowed you complete control and flexibility over the look and feel of the site.
Dreamweaver is great for building simple websites, much like static HTML, however there is zero coding required when using Dreamweaver.
Sure, you can flip Dreamweaver over and use it as an HTML editor, however in my 10 years as a web developer, I have never seen one of my colleagues use Dreamweaver as their IDE.
WordPress vs Dreamweaver
I’d like to compare WordPress vs Dreamweaver by using a series of common scenarios where these tools are used.
Both WordPress and Dreamweaver are used to create websites. That’s a given.
However, there’s more than one way to skin a cat.
So, let’s jump into the WordPress vs Dreamweaver comparison!
I Want to Create a Blog
Sorry, Dreamweaver. WordPress wins here, hands down. WordPress is created for this very purpose.
That’s because WordPress is a full CMS (Content Management System), packed with everything you need to build a complete blog.
Dreamweaver will let you build the pages inside of your blog, however, it doesn’t come with a connection to a database where all of your content is stored.
I Want to Create a Webpage Without Writing a Single Line of Code
Dreamweaver is the best tool for the job in this scenario.
Because one of Dreamweaver’s biggest features is its drag-and-drop web page builder.
You can literally build an entire web page without writing a single line of code.
You’ll have to figure out how to deploy it to your web hosting, however.
I Want to Create a Website for Other People/Client
The winner in this scenario isn’t quite as clear as the previous two. That’s because both Dreamweaver and WordPress are excellent choices for creating websites for other people and or companies.
It really depends on the client’s requirements, however I’ve seen WordPress used plenty in client work due to its user-friendly interface.
Non-developers, like your clients, can continue adding content to their website very easily with WordPress.
On the other hand, Dreamweaver will require the actual software installed on your client’s computer in order to modify the files.
However, Dreamweaver will offer you more customization when building a website to your client’s specifications.
As I said, it’ll come down to the requirements. Read them carefully. If the client wants a way to easily add content such as in a blog, then WordPress may work.
If the client is a restaurant, and isn’t too bothered about maintaining a blog, then Dreamweaver is probably the best tool to use here.