Tag Archive: Wordpress

Designing WordPress Child Themes with Dreamweaver CC

WordPress is by far the most wide-spread content management system (CMS) in use today. Much of what has helped WordPress become so ubiquitous can be contributed to its chameleon-like ability to radically change the look-and-feel of a site with, literally, the click of a button. And clicking that button activates a new theme.

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Tens of thousands of WordPress themes are available, from the absolutely free to the seriously expensive. Sure, a pre-made theme is the perfect solution for many situations—but how often is any template exactly what’s needed? The overwhelming chances are that some customization, whether to the layout, CSS or functionality, is required to satisfy your client, not to mention your own artistic cravings. In a previous blog post, I detailed how you could leverage the power of Dreamweaver CC to customize any WordPress site. Now I want to show you how you can personalize any existing WordPress theme to get the precise, desired final output through the wonder of child themes. All in Dreamweaver, all under your complete control.

Establishing a Dreamweaver CC and WordPress Workflow

I grew up a chemistry nerd and still vividly remember the thrill of sprinkling iron filing over my mini Bunsen burner to view the sparkling fireworks. The idea that two elements could combine to such a spectacular effect was mind-blowing to me. I experienced the same synaptic joy when I discovered how WordPress and Dreamweaver were made for each other.

 

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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.

I’m a huge fan of the Dreamweaver / WordPress workflow and having combined these two elemental power tools for years to construct sites for clients who need content management capabilities along with a personalized look-and-feel. Dreamweaver is, I believe, well-suited to the task, not only as a design engine to perfect the front-facing site, but also as an efficient coding environment for handling custom, inevitably necessary, PHP functions.

7 Useful Adobe Dreamweaver Webinars

Dreamweaver-ers! Earlier this year we launched a webinar series to provide an overview of the core Dreamweaver CC features, as well as featuring key extensions and our ongoing modernization efforts.

We have found these webinars to be a good communication channel between the team and the community to communicate feature enhancements, issues, future plans, etc. Please review the table below and check out anything that strikes your interest!

 

Webinar Title Recording Link
What’s New In Dreamweaver CC http://bit.ly/10Wo08P
CSS Designer in Dreamweaver CC http://bit.ly/1aqCgty
Faster Theming of Dynamic, CMS based Sites in Dreamweaver CC http://bit.ly/1aqCpwY
Building Mobile Apps Using Dreamweaver CC http://bit.ly/19kPZUw
Building Responsive Design in Dreamweaver CC http://bit.ly/15k53PQ
Dreamweaver Extensions: Fluid Grid Layout & Bootstrap Extension http://bit.ly/18UDLNc
Dreamweaver CC Update http://bit.ly/1eEaHj1

 

We hope you enjoy these sessions and find them useful. Sign up for a Creative Cloud membership and gain access to rich learning content and tutorials for all Adobe products – including Dreamweaver CC.

 

Best,
Tareq Aljaber
Product Marketing Manager