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Allow me to compare and show the differences between Adobe Dreamweaver Vs CMS to help make life easier for you. When building dynamic websites it is critical that you choose the right platform. Let’s start.

Dreamweaver Vs CMS: 8 Reasons To Choose A CMS

Let’s explain the differences.

CMS stands for Content Management System. It is a software tool that allows users to create, edit, and publish content.

A CMS is the best way for non techies to make a complex site. It does all the behind the scenes work for you and it is one of the most important things that you need to have online success.

Most of the websites on the internet are powered by a CMS. Today I’m going to talk about the top 3. WordPress, which is the most popular and the one I use for over a dozen websites, Joomla, and Drupal.

Adobe Dreamweaver is a powerful web design tool. It is a software that allows you to build a website by putting your HTML and CSS skills to use. In a previous article, we compared Dreamweaver vs Muse


What is the best option for starters?

Let’s start with Dreamweaver. All Adobe products have a learning curve, but DW being the start from scratch website builder is the hardest. Never use an advanced editor if you are not familiar with HTML, JavaScript, PHP and other coding languages. You are just asking for trouble. The Dreamweaver tool itself is a good tool, but to use it you first need to learn how to code, which is difficult for some and then you need to learn how to use their software, which is going to be a real pain because it can be almost as difficult.

For the CMS side let’s start with WordPress. With WP you don’t need any technical experience. Many of the top 1000 sites on the web are powered by WordPress. You can use it and instantly feel like a pro. This is one of the reasons why I chose WP.

Joomla is a little harder than WP, but it’s easier than Drupal. With Joomla you get to make a site in under 30 minutes us well, but you have to learn how Joomla is structured.

All of the top Content Management Systems are easier than Dreamweaver because everything is done for you. The only one that might be a little complicated is Drupal. If you are just starting out and want a CMS stay away from Drupal. Drupal is better recommended for developers. You are better off with WP.


How long will it take to build my website?

With DW not only do you have to worry about the time it will take to build a site which can take days to weeks depending upon how knowledgeable you are and how much coding you are doing. But you have to remember that you’re in control so you have to keep up with your site. Think about security, changing things around, and making updates which can be a rigorous task if you have a lot of pages.

With a CMS, without any knowledge if you were to start now in less than 5 minutes your site can be up and running. I’ve created multiple sites within an hour. All you need is SiteGround, which is a hosting provider I strongly recommend and Genesis, which is an awesome theme.

When things take longer you are losing out on the money you could be making with your site.



Even if you commit to learning code, I guarantee that your site will not look better than someone who has used a CMS. WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal can create extremely complex sites even if you don’t know code. All you have to do is install a theme. Even if you install one of the thousands of free themes, you will still get better results. Dreamweaver sites these days are usually non complex static sites. Notable sites built with one of these CMS’s, Forbes, Linux, Warner Bros, CNN, PlayStation.Blog, The Rolling Stones, Larry King Liveblog, MSNBC, The White House, Zynga, and more.


What would a client want?

DW is dying because the web is changing. We want the easiest way possible. Do you want to scam your clients and give them a site that they can’t even set up security or make simple changes? People with no integrity will do this so clients will keep on giving them money for small touch ups. Give them something that they can work with so they can know they made the right choice and refer others.



Dreamweaver is definitely overpriced. I never saw a review that had good things to say about the price. It is ridiculous. These are your options.



Month to month – $30

1 year -$240

(CC) gives you everything adobe – $600 yr

I would not want to rent this expensive software. When non payment occurs just like a car your software will be repoed and your site shut down. The least Adobe could have done was make it a one time fee. This is a thoughtless strategy on the part of Adobe. In two years you could be paying thousands. This is a terrible first impression by Adobe.

A CMS is free. All you need is a hosting company. The best part is that with your host you can freely install many different types of Content Management Systems. You can have a WP site and Joomla site with no problem. I recommend SiteGround, which is only $3.95/mo. It’s the best, it is extremely cheap, and with their preinstall feature creating a site will take you less than 5 minutes

In the next 3 years would you rather pay $140 with a CMS and hosting or would you rather pay $700+ or more depending on the plan that you choose?



Flexibility is where a CMS absolutely destroys Dreamweaver and that is because of one click plugin installs. A plugin is basically an app. For example, if you install a voice changer app on your android phone you will have voice changing capabilities. Altogether there are over 50,000 plugins.

Being able to turn your site into a complex store or forum is really impressive. What would you want your site to have and what would you want it to be? Plugins will save you thousands of dollars and hours of stress. In your CMS go to plugins search and put in what you want. You will truly be amazed at the wide selection of modules. You will be like a kid in the candy store. A CMS allows you to actually have fun creating your site.


Which one will give me a better opportunity to rank high?

With a CMS everything that you need to optimize your site is there for you.

  • SEO & Cache plugins
  • Canonical link element
  • Breadcrumbs
  • XML Sitemaps
  • Robots.txt and .htaccess
  • Clean code
  • Meta Tags
  • Permalinks
  • Keyword suggestions

SEO & Dreamweaver don’t mix. Dreamweaver doesn’t have SEO features or plugins. To rank better you need to put your mind to work.



DW Features

  • New code editor themes
  • 64-bit architecture
  • jQuery UI widgets
  • Move HTML elements with drag and drop features.
  • Flash Animation
  • Graphics/Imaging Tools
  • Meta Tags
  • Preview Mode
  • Video and Audio Multimedia


CMS Features

  • Store and organize files
  • Publish Anywhere
  • Editing tools
  • Search Engine Friendliness
  • Format Management
  • Support
  • Open Source
  • Password protection
  • Save Drafts & preview
  • Over 50,000 addons
  • Advanced security management


What is best for me?

DM – This tool is for advanced techies who like playing with code. It should not be used for a professional website.

CMS – This is for those who want to make a complex site in minutes without a drop of coding ability.


Which CMS should I choose?

Hands down go with WP. They offer you more plugins, more themes, bigger community, 5 minute installs, easier, more popular, etc.


Make you website today.

I guarantee that you will be happy that you made the choice. Time yourself it will take you less than 5 minutes and you will be able to start creating content. SiteGround gives you a free domain name.

Start SiteGround here at 60% off.

Choose the startup plan, create a domain, fill out the info, and their preinstall wizard installs WordPress for you. 


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