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new to dreamweaver - 2 questions

Community Beginner ,
Nov 02, 2023 Nov 02, 2023

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Hi there!

Im new to dreamweaver and wondered two things:

 

1. do you need to allow DW access to your documents and is there any negative implications of doing so?

2. can using the software ever affect the actual computer you are using (in terms of coding as a beginner etc)- I assume all actions I make are secure in the application?

 

many thanks!

Julia 

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Community Expert ,
Nov 02, 2023 Nov 02, 2023

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Dreamweaver is no different than any other code editing software.  To use it, you need an administrative computer user profile to install & update software and save files on your hard drive.  No big deal.

 

Your operating system may ask for your permission to install the software.  Just say Yes.

 

  • Coding skills are essential.  How you code your site determines how well it performs in browsers & mobile devices. 
  • Validate code often and fix reported errors. 
  • Test the site in real browsers before you upload files to your server.  
  • You should be fine.

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Nov 03, 2023 Nov 03, 2023

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Hi there!

Im new to dreamweaver and wondered two things:

 

1. do you need to allow DW access to your documents and is there any negative implications of doing so?

2. can using the software ever affect the actual computer you are using (in terms of coding as a beginner etc)- I assume all actions I make are secure in the application?

 

many thanks!

Julia 


By @Julia23784031uhf7

 

1. No DW does not need access to your documents folder, but it will need access to save your files somewhere on your computer.

2. It's not malicious software, but if your computer is not powerful enough it could slow it down. You should check the system requirements for that ( https://helpx.adobe.com/dreamweaver/system-requirements.html ). And all the actions are in the application, but I'm not sure of the security you are expecting from an app like Dreamweaver.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 04, 2023 Nov 04, 2023

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thanks Ben 

 

my second question is regarding the coding. I have a new Imac sutdio so really good computer. It's reflects my anxiety I guess! I am cincerned that coding incorrectly in Dreaweaver  could actually affect the coding of my actual Imac (e.g. the coding incoprated into my IMac) -but I assume anyhitng you do in Dreamweaver stays in the system only and can never affect the outer computer?

 

I do have one more question: I am developing a commericial app but I dont have any idea of coding. woudl it be better to ask an expert to develop it (but I know ithat's costly) or can anyone pick up basic coding using dreamweaver?

thanks so much 

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thanks Ben 

 

my second question is regarding the coding. I have a new Imac sutdio so really good computer. It's reflects my anxiety I guess! I am cincerned that coding incorrectly in Dreaweaver  could actually affect the coding of my actual Imac (e.g. the coding incoprated into my IMac) -but I assume anyhitng you do in Dreamweaver stays in the system only and can never affect the outer computer?

 

I do have one more question: I am developing a commericial app but I dont have any idea of coding. woudl it be better to ask an expert to develop it (but I know ithat's costly) or can anyone pick up basic coding using dreamweaver?

thanks so much 


By @Julia23784031uhf7

 

You should only install apps from trusted sources to keep your computer safe. But at its core, HTML cannot harm your computer, but if you go and download files from sources you don't trust, any virus could affect any computer. Whether you have a Mac or PC. If you are that concerned about keeping backups, then connect an external HDD to your computer/network and use time machine to create backups of your important files.

 

As far as your app development, if you have never coded before this could very well be a trouble spot for you. And simply going out and hiring someone to build an app is likely well beyond your capabilities. What you need to do at this point is consult with a partner who can help you setup a business, protect your ideas legally, and then you can go out and hire someone to build your app for you and protect yourself. This is really a completely different discussion then just installing DW because what you are stating is that you are looking to start a business with an idea you have for a commercial app. I would honestly even reconsider whether DW is what you need, or if you need a partner to start building your business model and understand how you are going to develop your app. You may end up being better off buying a site online with tools like Wix/Squarespace/Webflow/etc. and focusing on your product. But like I said this is a completely separate discussion.

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I am developing a commericial app but I dont have any idea of coding.

By @Julia23784031uhf7

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I don't mean to be disparaging but I just flashed on Sam Bankman-Fried (former CEO of failed FTX).  He's a perfect example of what can happen when amateurs get in way over their heads. 

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Developing apps, especially commercial ones requires advanced coding skills and whole host of other talents --  project management, marketing & raising investment capitol (crowd funding)...   From start to finish, new apps can take a year or more of programming & rigorous testing to ensure they're safe, secure & perform well on multiple devices.   Dreamweaver is merely a tool for coders to use. Tools don't create great projects, people do.

 

I've no idea what commercial app you're contemplating but it's likely that others like it already exist. Have you done your research?

 

If an e-commerce site is what you need, don't re-invent the wheel.  There are plenty of shopping cart sites like Shopify and Etsy that you can use.  DO NOT attempt to build an e-commerce site yourself.  It's too risky.  The laws on security & encryption to protect user data are complicated and way beyond your skill-set.  Leave this to the full-time experts.

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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