Adobe Dreamweaver is a powerful software program used to design, create, and update non-WordPress websites. It is required to create or make non-content-related updates (e.g., navigation, layout) to a non-WordPress website. Dreamweaver uses FTP to connect and upload files to your non-WordPress website.
Dreamweaver is typically used with Adobe Contribute to setup and maintain a non-WordPress website:
- The website is created using Dreamweaver.
- Content updates are made using Contribute.
- Changes to layout, navigation, and appearance are made using Dreamweaver.
Although Dreamweaver is a powerful web design program, it has a steep learning curve and high license cost. In addition, all Contribute and Dreamweaver users for a single website must use the same software version (e.g., CS3 or CS4) to avoid compatibility issues. As a result, BU departments are increasingly migrating their Dreamweaver/Contribute-based websites to WordPress.
Comparison with WordPress
WordPress has many advantages over Dreamweaver, including:
- It’s free — no software purchase is required.
- Ease of use.
- Drag-and-drop navigation.
- Streamlined file management.
- Built-in user management.
- Access controls.
- A catalog of existing designs.
- Built-in news and calendar tools.
To learn more about WordPress or request that your site be migrated to WordPress, see our WordPress Overview.
Departments can purchase licenses for Adobe Dreamweaver at a discount through the IT Help Center. Note: discounted licenses must be purchased using an approved requisition and are only available to official University departments and offices.