When you decide to build a website, you must consider the time, budget, and skill investment to factor into the equation. There are many applications and tools available for web development and we want to help you make the best choice. Many designers and developers consider that most of the software tools available are limited in terms of customization and maintenance.
There appears to be an ongoing debate among designers and developers as to whether authoring programs like Dreamweaver are any better than hand coded HTML and CSS for converting designs and building an effective website.
Web development applications like Dreamweaver do offer some powerful features for quickly building, editing, and refining of HTML code. Also, Dreamweaver is customizable and has hundreds of extensions that can be used with it. In spite of being a powerful web development tool, we think a professional web developer will always choose to hand code – and here are a few arguments that support our viewpoint:
- Dreamweaver does not offer cross browser compatibility. If you want to make sure that your website will look great on any browser or Internet access device, we advise you to choose a provider of W3C compliant hand coded markup.
- Although it usually generates efficient HTML code, Dreamweaver may also include code cluttered with inadequate tags resulting in code that will need to be reworked.
- Dreamweaver has a rather steep learning curve and it will take time to master. You need to ask yourself if you are being more efficient with your time trying to learn it, or to start productively hand coding your web pages or hiring a professional PSD to HTML provider.
- Dreamweaver is a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) web design tool that provides visual methods for coding pages where – you will not be exercising much of your coding skills, and you will probably have a hard time maintaining the code.
Hand coding gives you the freedom to develop your web pages with optimum flexibility, ensuring important features such as cross browser compatibility and long term maintenance. At CodeMyIMAGE, we are focused on providing hand coded markup because we understand the nuances and specifications of every design and website.