Dreamweaver is a simple and powerful tool for creating websites and web pages. Dreamweaver can also by used to create a blog if you desire. Initially, Dreamweaver is not set up to create blogs as simply as using online blog publishing sites like WordPress.com, but if you really want more control you can use Dreamweaver to make your own blog.
Things You'll Need
Open up Dreamweaver and create a new page. You can start with a totally blank page or choose a template to start working with.
Decide on the look you want for your blog. Most blogs are fairly simple and have a header, the main section where your articles will go and a side bar containing other information. You can change it however you want but you need to pick out a color or image for the background and create a header. You can create a header in a graphics program or just write in large font what you want your header to say. It might look nicer to put the header in a block by choosing Insert and then choose table. Make the table according to the size and shape you desire.
Find a blog site that lets you post dynamically to your website. Dreamweaver has no natural commenting system so you will need to find a way to make a commenting system work for you. You can search for PHP programs that you can incorporate into your Dreamweaver code. There are many free PHP solutions. However, just having comments doesn't make for the best blog. You will also want your blog to archive entries on other pages. Blogger.com is one website that will let you publish your own articles from their blog interface and have them publish to your website. They will provide you with code to insert and you provide your website information.
Incorporate the code that you will use for comments or other blogging features into the webpage code in Dreamweaver. Put the code where you want the text to display.
Save and upload your page to your website. If you are blogging with no help from sites like blogger.com you will just to need to type your articles in the open space on the Web page and then save and upload changes. You will have to manually move older articles to the bottom of the page or to other pages when you no longer want them to show on the front page.
- Henry Amon; Information Systems Specialist; Salisbury, Maryland
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