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Dreamweaver to WordPress adjustment

  • I currently use Dreamweaver and want to switch to WordPress for a smoother look and more flexibility. I am accustomed to building a site and THEN uploading it; with WordPress, it seems that I must upload empty files before I’ve added any content, and THEN add content. If I open a page in the downloaded WordPress software it opens in Dreamweaver. I consider myself web-savvy, but WordPress used as site software has me a bit miffed after using DW for so long. I have used CMS’s before but they were always pre-built and I just added content, so starting from scratch means I need some REALLY simple steps to get going. Will I need Fetch or another FTP to get the WordPress files up on my server?

    I am indeed searching for and reviewing all tutorials, but I wonder if there is anyone who went through similar growing pains when moving from DW to WordPress?


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  • they were always pre-built and I just added content

    As is WordPress if you use a pre-existing theme. Remember, WordPress uses template files in a theme and these control the layout of the pages. The content is added via WordPress itself.

    I used to start with Front Page 🙂

    I suggest you install a WordPress, use the default theme to understand how the files are related ie header.php, sidebar.php, singe.php, page.php, etc.

    Once good, look at the Function Reference to call anything you wish.

    All the best!

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