There are many other tools that you can use to build a website without prior knowledge to programming; WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are just some of these tools. Learning Dreamweaver can helping in many ways; you can build your own website with it or you can even find a part/full time job as a web developer.
This article will present and compare between various online outlets that beginners can rely on to learn Dreamweaver. The sources stated here aren’t just articles or forums but full structured courses that beginners can rely on to start learning. It’s worth noting that there are many versions of Dreamweaver, the sources presented here are for Dreamweaver CS6 and Dreamweaver CC.
How to Start Learning Dreamweaver for free
Udemy is the first outlets where you can learn Dreamweaver through video tutorials; you can learn literally anything on Udemy for free or for a fee (depending on the course provider). To join Udemy just register using your email. Go to the search bar and type what you want to learn (Dreamweaver in our case); of course you should choose the free courses and at the time of writing this post the following were present:
You can choose one of these courses and start it. Each course is divided into lessons (depending on the instructor); I’ve tried the “Getting Started with Dreamweaver CC” course and the instructor was good.
Structure: The “Getting Started with Dreamweaver CC” course is divided into 3 sections and each section is divided into lessons (30 lessons in total), each lesson covers certain topics in Dreamweaver.
Interface: The interface is quite simple just click on the lesson you want and the video tutorial will start.
- The course is well-structured for beginners.
- The instructor makes it very easy for beginners to follow along; he also provides some overview about HTML/CSS.
- The tutorial is only suitable for beginners, there are no free courses for intermediate and advanced users.
Verdict: The course “Getting Started with Dreamweaver CC” is very good and it should be the place where you start.
Adobe TV is the second outlet where beginners can start learning Dreamweaver for free through video tutorials. You don’t have to register to have access to Adobe video library, just log into the website and you’re ready to go.
Structure: The training is divided into 62 tutorials, each lesson covers certain topics in Dreamweaver. The course is structured in an excellent way and covers many of the advanced and intermediate topics in Dreamweaver.
Interface: The interface is very simple as seen below; the lessons are listed under each other, just click on the topic you want and the video tutorial will start.
- The course is well-structured for beginners.
- The course covers some of the intermediate and advanced topics in Dreamweaver.
- Though the training is well-structured and covers the majority of the topics in Dreamweaver, but it’s not well organized. So, if you’re new to web development the organization of the tutorials might be confusing for you and might make it hard for you to follow along.
Verdict: This is an excellent source to learn Dreamweaver but the tutorials aren’t well organized which might make it hard for beginners to follow along. If you have any prior knowledge to web development then the tutorial organization problem won’t be of much value for you.
Timothy Training (Updated)
Timothy Training will be the third free outlet where beginners can learn Dreamweaver through video tutorials. You don’t have to register to have access to the tutorials, just log into the website and you’re ready to go. It’s worth noting that the course covers Dreamweaver CS6.
Structure: the training is divided into 24 video tutorials; each tutorial covers a certain topic in Dreamweaver CS6.
Interface: The interface is very simple as seen below, the tutorials are listed under each other, you click on the tutorial you want and you’re ready to go.
- The tutorial covers the majority of the topics you should learn as a beginner.
- The tutorial covers the basics of HTML and CSS which is very helpful for any Dreamweaver user.
- The tutorial covers Dreamweaver CS6 which isn’t the latest version of Dreamweaver.
Verdict: the outlet is an excellent source for anyone who is willing to learn Dreamweaver CS6.
- The course “Getting Started with Dreamweaver CC” at Udemy will be your first stop, if you don’t have any prior knowledge to web development.
- If you know the basics of web development then Adobe TV is your way to go.
- If you’re interested in Dreamweaver CS6 then Timothy Training is the pace for you.
- If can’t follow video tutorials and you want a book to start with Dreamweaver then the free book “Free Adobe Dreamweaver CS6 Tutorial for Beginners” is an excellent source for you.
Remember that the first step is always the toughest step, and the aim of this post is to provide you with resources that will help you take your first step in Dreamweaver.