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:

  1. The website is created using Dreamweaver.
  2. Content updates are made using Contribute.
  3. 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:

  1. It’s free — no software purchase is required.
  2. Ease of use.
  3. Drag-and-drop navigation.
  4. Streamlined file management.
  5. Built-in user management.
  6. Access controls.
  7. A catalog of existing designs.
  8. Built-in news and calendar tools.

To learn more about WordPress or request that your site be migrated to WordPress, see ourĀ 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.