Dreamweaver Joomla

  • You can use Dreamweaver to code content items for your site, or to edit the template files and CSS for the site. However, there are a number of editing tools built in to Joomla, so it's really a matter of finding out what you want to do, then using the best tool for the job. After all, you don't need to swat a fly with a hammer.
  • Go to free tutorials Part one starts from the basics with installing MAMP and Joomla into the htdocs folder. Also, includes ho.

Professional templates for businesses and personal Joomla sites. Includes many niches from City portals to Media sites such as Magazines and News. Everything is included ready for upload/installation to your hosting provider.

Learn a CMS or Learn Dreamweaver?

June 15, 2012

Hey everybody!

Recently someone asked whether they should learn Dreamweaver OR whether should they jump into a CMS like Joomla or WordPress.

What is a CMS?


CMS is short for Content Management System, and are web based programs that you upload to the server and they provide word-processor like capabilities to your website – and much, much more.

To make an analogy: you can think of a CMS as being a restaurant buffet, where you have many prepared dishes to choose from, that you can use to create your meal. Where Dreamweaver is like an electric appliance, that helps you create a meal from scratch.

You can learn more about it here:

… The above link points to an older blog post, but it is still good.

Anyway, the core of this person’s questions, comes down to skill-set choices and choosing the best technologies to be able to:

1. Get the most work as a web designer.
2. And to be able to build the best websites.

Dreamweaver Joomla

Here is my answer:

Dreamweaver and Joomla are apples and oranges – DW is web design software and Joomla, WordPress, Drupal are CMS packages. In fact we have a course that shows you how to use DW’s WP related tools:

Dreamweaver Joomla

… I am not trying to sell you on the course, just pointing out that the DW can be used as a tool to work with Joomla, WordPress etc …

Should you get Dreamweaver CS6?

It’s a personal choice, and it can be useful … though not necessary. I would rather be concentrating on really learning how to use and modify a CMS of choice, whether it be Joomla, Drupal or WordPress.

We at KillerSites choose WP because of the WordPress community is vibrant and the huge amount of plug-ins and templates. I in fact, have been teaching for years that most websites should be based off of a CMS because of all the bonus features you get when you use them vs just building a website from scratch.

Another question: should she learn Flash?

Flash is going away, forget about it unless you are planning on building online games. Much if not all what people did with Flash, can be done with HTML5 and or JQuery … for your reference:

We also have courses on these very important technologies:


So in conclusion, stick to a CMS, learn some Jquery, learn some Javascript with a touch of PHP.

Check out:

I hope that helps,

Stefan Mischook


NEW! Dreamweaver CS5 has built-in support for building Joomla templates and other CMS templates!
Check it out here!

For those of you who want to build Joomla templates with Dreamweaver, there are several very cool tools available that automates much of the task of creating custom Joomla templates.

Joomla! 3 Beginner's Guide Second Edition

Build, develop, and manage a fully functioning, professional looking, and feature-rich website with the Joomla! CMS

Dreamweaver Joomla Template Kit

Publisher: Packt Publishing / 476 pages available in print and e-book formats

Joomla 1.5 Template Toolbar

The Joomla 1.5 Template Toolbar by Antun Koncic is not specifically for Dreamweaver, but is a cross-platform toolbar designed to be a simple help utility for Joomla 1.5 template developers

Dreamweaver Joomla Template Kit

The Joomla 1.5 template Dreamweaver extension includes training videos and all the tools to help you create templates in Dreamweaver. Cost is $99 and is available at Media 65.

Building Joomla Templates with Artisteer

Directv speed test. Artisteer is totally not related to Dreamweaver, and in fact, the code generated by Artisteer can be a little difficult to edit in Dreamweaver. But if you're looking for a very fast way to create Joomla Templates, Artisteer is definitely worth a look.

I use Artisteer to create the free template packs available on the site, and for time-savings alone it is well worth the money. The code can get a little bloated with empty divs due to how Artisteer creates it's CSS layouts, but the interface is very well thought out and after a few minutes of using it, you'll quickly figure out how to customize all the appearance options.

Joomla on the Net

Here are some links to Joomla tutorials you may find useful.

Dreamweaver Joomla

  • Joomla 1.5 Template Tutorial - CompassDesigns.net
  • Creating a W3C valid Joomla template - Joomlashack.com
  • How to Create your First Joomla Template - Tutsplus.com
  • Joomla - Template: Making Basic Template Use Dreamweaver CS3 - PHPeveryday.com
  • Joomla! 1.5 and Dreamweaver CS3 - Conticreative.com