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Dreamweaver Resources

Here, you'll find several of the most helpful Dreamweaver-oriented Web sites, other sites where you can learn more about building standards-compliant Web sites, and we'll even mention a few other books that will help you deepen your knowledge of Dreamweaver. As sites change, we'll update their links, so be sure to check back here from time to time.

Web Sites


Dreamweaver Updates

You can find and download updaters to the latest version of Dreamweaver here. As of January 2006, the latest version for Dreamweaver 8 was version 8.0.1. We think that it's a good idea to always be running the most up-to-date version.

Dreamweaver Documentation

This should be your first stop when looking for answers to a Dreamweaver question (after our book, of course!). This site allows you to search Dreamweaver’s LiveDocs (online manual) and the Product Support Knowledge Base.

Dreamweaver Exchange

This is the place to go when you’re looking for Dreamweaver add-ons and extensions. There are more than a thousand items for download.

Dreamweaver Weblogs

Once you go to the URL above, click the link for the Dreamweaver category. This site is an aggregator site that lists posts from many people’s Dreamweaver-related weblogs. It’s a great way to keep up with the Dreamweaver community.

Dreamweaver Developer Center

This site has tutorials and sample files focused on the new features of Dreamweaver 8, and articles that will help you better use Dreamweaver to build your sites.

Dreamweaver Resources

This site offers lots of page templates and other design elements (such as buttons and navigation bars) for sale, plus tutorials, FAQ lists, and other useful resources for Web site builders.

Dreamweaver FAQ

Here you’ll find lots of FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) lists covering all sorts of Dreamweaver topics. You’ll also find pointers to Web building resources of all varieties, plus a search engine for the Macromedia Dreamweaver Newsgroup.

Community MX

Tons of constantly updated content, page templates, tutorials, and extensions, are available on a subscription basis at Community MX. Subscribers get the content at no extra charge; non-subscribers can purchase items à la carte; everyone can sign up for a free trial. The site also has support forums for subscribers, where the site partners guarantee a timely, useful response.

A List Apart

A List Apart is not Dreamweaver-specific, but it’s essential reading nonetheless. This Web magazine has been around since 1998, and is still an invaluable resource for people who make Web sites. You’ll find great, well-written articles on virtually all aspects of building sites. Now, go check it out.

Other Online Resources


Dreamweaver Newsgroup

Macromedia has a lively newsgroup for Dreamweaver users that gets many messages every day. You’ll need a Usenet newsreader program to access this forum. Good ones are Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express on Windows, or Microsoft Entourage or Panic Software’s Unison on the Mac.

WiseWomen Mailing List

WiseWomen is an online community, with a Web site and an email discussion list. The purpose of the list is to provide women on the Web with a supportive atmosphere to deal with issues of Web development and consulting. WiseWomen was founded in 1999 by Dori, and is going strong today. You’ll find lots of useful information on the mailing list about using Dreamweaver, among many other subjects. And in case you’re wondering, the community is not just for women only.

Lynda.com Online Training Library

If you’re more of a visual learner, Lynda.com offers an excellent series of video training programs that cover Dreamweaver and the rest of the Macromedia product line, as well as many other software packages. You can purchase these training programs as CD-ROMs that you can view on your computer, or you can access the videos over the Internet through their Online Training Library, for which you’ll need to purchase a subscription. Tom produced Contribute 3 Essential Training for Lynda.com.

Other Books


Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 Advanced for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickPro Guide

Written by Lucinda Dykes and also published by Peachpit Press, this book covers many of the aspects of Dreamweaver that aren’t covered in the book you have in your hands. You’ll find information on working with servers, setting up database connections, using SQL, and building database-backed Web sites with dynamic pages. You’ll also find information on Dreamweaver 8’s new XML and XSLT features.

Dreamweaver MX 2004 Killer Tips

Written by Joseph Lowery and Angela C. Buraglia for New Riders, this book delivers on the promise in its name, with hundreds of really great tips and tricks. This book is not being updated for Dreamweaver 8 (because the authors didn’t believe that there were enough great new hidden features in Dreamweaver 8 to warrant a new edition), but the existing edition is almost entirely still applicable to Dreamweaver 8.

Dreamweaver 8 Bible

Joseph Lowery is well-known in the Dreamweaver community, and this massive Dreamweaver reference, published by Wiley, shows why. At a whopping 1,300 pages, we think this is perhaps the best comprehensive Dreamweaver reference book available.

Build Your Own Standards Compliant Website Using Dreamweaver 8

As we mention again and again in the book, compliance with Web standards is important, and this book by Rachel Andrew, published by SitePoint, drills you in creating flexible, easy to maintain Web sites using strict XHTML and CSS with Dreamweaver 8. The author is the director of a Web solutions company in the U.K., and she is a member of the Web Standards Project, spearheading that organization’s Dreamweaver Task Force, which worked with Macromedia to improve Dreamweaver’s standards compliance.