13 Feb 12
22 Jun 12 2:53 am
Dreamweaver is a fully professional website development tool (meaning it has a serious learning curve). It can do anything your knowledge of HTML, CSS and other technologies and your imagination can come up with. It has zero SEO tools. But that doesn't mean you can't to top notch SEO with a Dreamweaver site and other tools.
You can develop a website in WordPress in about 1/2 the time for about 1/2 the cost, compared to Dreamweaver (and assuming your building "from scratch").. But because WordPress is a pre-built system it is much less flexible that Dreamweaver. You cannot build just anything you can imagine in WordPress (which can be difficult to explain to my clients).
It's not true that WordPress is only for blogs, as it was long ago. You can now make any mix of static pages (similar to Dreamweaver) and posts (like a blog).
WordPress has many plugins you can add to create SEO and other functionality which might require advanced programming skills if done in Dreamweaver.
Although I started (and spent many years) as a professional Dreamweaver website developer, I mostly use WordPress now, plus a commercial framework on top of it and special commercial themes. To get back some of the creative flexibility lost by WordPress, I'm learning PHP programming so I can modify the WordPress internals. For the same reason, I do extensive rewrites of the CSS in WordPress themes and use a lot of inline CSS in my posts and pages. Without my Dreamweaver experience, I wouldn't be an HTML and CSS expert.
Don't think you're not losing anything by using WordPress. The question is are you gaining enough by using it to compensate for what you're giving up by using pre-built systems? I think I am, if I can get good enough at hacking WordPress and if I use the best plugins and other WordPress tools.
There are good reasons why Mark Ling (and many others) recommend WordPress for most online marketers, especially newbies.
Hope this helps...